Ignatian Year

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’s conversion, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Father General of the Society of Jesus, has called for an Ignatian Year, which officially began on 20 May 2021 and will end on 31 July 2022.

This Ignatian Year, JRS invites everyone to go out in the world and help the most vulnerable, including our refugee sisters and brothers.

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Ignatian Year:

Invisible Citizens

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are often the forgotten citizens of their own countries. We serve and accompany IDPs through our programmes, and advocate at different levels for national laws and policies that protect displaced people’s rights and promote durable solutions.

Make Room For Her

When forced to leave their homes, women and girls are particularly vulnerable to unique risks, and often have very limited opportunities to prosper. With a safe space to heal, learn, and unlock their potential, they can rediscover hope and rebuild a sustainable life for themselves and their families.

Join us in calling for more opportunities for women and girls to heal, develop their talents, and improve their livelihood.

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Displaced girls participate to a workshop by JRS and Entreculturas

#Do1Thing: Hope For Refugees Begins With You

At JRS, we believe that we can all #Do1Thing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities. What is the one thing you can do?

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Junghee, a volunteer, teaches English at the JRS Arrupe Community Centre in Parramatta. 

With My Own Two Hands

Refugees want nothing more than to be independent and self-reliant. Help us provide innovative livelihood opportunities so that refugees and forcibly displaced people can restore their dignity, fulfill their talents, and rebuild their future.

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Refugee self-reliance: After graduating from JRS business class, Jeannette was granted a small no-interest loan from JRS. She now runs her own business in Kampala, Uganda. (Denis Bosnic/JRS)

Supporting Education For Refugees

In 2015, JRS launched the Global Education Initiative, an ambitious international campaign to expand our education programmes to serve 250,000 refugees worldwide by 2020. Dr. Mireille Twayigira, JRS Refugee Education Advocate, worked with us to promote awareness about the reality of young students growing up in refugee camps.