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Afghanistan: JRS expands education opportunities for girls
(Washington, D.C.) November 21, 2016 – While many international aid organizations have pulled out of Afghanistan, Jesuit Refugee Service remains committed to helping educate the country’s youth – particularly girls and those from marginalized ethnic groups. Fr. Orville Desilva S.J. spoke recently to JRS/USA about education programs in the country. 
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World Refugee Day 2016: Open Minds, Unlock Potential. Mercy in Motion Photography Exhibition at Loyola College in Chennai.
Chennai, 15 June 2016 - Put your Mercy in Motion and visit the JRS Photographic Exhibition at Loyola College on World Refugee Day - June 20th. Read and listen to the real stories of refugees from Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Witness how education has changed lives with photographs from Afghanistan, Africa and the Middle East. Join us at the Department of Visual Communications from 10am onwards and celebrate Education for Transformation
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Like leaving family who adopted me here......

New Delhi, 20 May 2016 – "Seeing their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, even during holidays. I was fully engaged preparing for my classes so as to give of my best to my students,". says Anthony who spent six months in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. 


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Journeys of Hope: No.4 - My last chance
Journeys of Hope dispatch number four (2 March 2016): Refugees who face a terrifying journey to seek life over death deserve praise for their courage. This came to me powerfully in recent weeks when I met so many travelling the Balkan route to find asylum in Europe. And especially when I listened to Qusai, who needed an extra dose of courage to make the risky choices he did, despite his unique vulnerability.
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My experience as a track facilitator in Sri Lanka - Ninoschka Pinto
New Delhi, 27 February 2016 – "Our purpose is to teach them, not so that they take their knowledge of English and sit at home with it, but to mould them in all areas, so they can avail of opportunities..." Ninoschka H. Pinto spent six months volunteering at the Loyola campus JRS-JC:HEM academy in Sri Lanka. Here is her story in her own words.
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Journeys of Hope: No.3 - Listen to the story behind
Journeys of Hope dispatch number three (February 24, 2016): "No one even listens to the story behind." With these words, Iva, a young Croatian woman who works for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), neatly summed up the most glaring concern in Europe’s so-called refugee crisis.
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Journeys of Hope: No.2 - Breaking family ties
Journeys of Hope dispatch number two (February 17, 2016): The photo was no bigger than the palm of my hand, the formal portrait of an Afghan family of seven. The distraught father took the photo from his wallet with shaking fingers, and placed it in my hands together with his wife’s ID card.
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Journeys of Hope: No.1 - A hope that knows no borders
Journeys of Hope dispatch number one (February 10, 2016): It is their sheer relief and hope that are most striking… more than their foolhardy courage, the dangers and deprivations of their journey, and their terrible experiences.
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Global: International Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Trafficking
Rome, 8 February 2016 – The millions of refugees who cross international borders seeking protection often find themselves in danger and devoid of the human rights guaranteed to them by international law. Whether en-route through lawless territory, struggling to survive in under-resourced camps or homeless in inhospitable urban centres, many refugees are ripe for exploitation by criminal groups.
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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."
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Pope Francis supports global education initiative for refugee children and youth
Rome, 18 November 2015 – In a private audience with 15 refugees and friends and staff of Jesuit Refugee Service to commemorate the 35th anniversary of JRS on Saturday, 14 November, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of education for refugee children and youth as a means to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.
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Celebrating 35 years of accompaniment and service all over the world
New Delhi, 14 November 2015 – I joined JRS in 2005 when JRS was celebrating 25 years of service among the refugees. In my welcome speech as the JRS country director of Tamil Nadu, India, I said, ‘The most joyful celebration for JRS would be the day when there is no need for JRS, the day there are no refugees in the world.’ 10 years have passed and the number of refugees is on the increase…
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Stars lighting up a dark sky - Overcoming odds
New Delhi, 15 October 2015 – My eyes are closed now, and my mind goes back to the graduation ceremony, a few years ago. It is 2011. I am on the stage; I am reciting a poem in front of the teachers, classmates, and their families. The poem I have chosen is ‘Ithaka’, by Constantine Cavafy. “Wise as you will have become, so full of experience, / you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean”. My voyage, my story...
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Afghanistan - A road less travelled, by Silvia Kaeppeli
New Delhi, 12 October 2015 – Silvia Kaeppeli invites us to share her journey (2012-2015) through her beautiful sketches, giving us a glimpse of the hope and healing JRS brings into the lives of people on the margins.
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The promise of new beginnings - Inauguration of the new JRS-JC:HEM site in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka
Delhi, 24 September 2015 - A new JRS-JC:HEM (Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins) site called Loyola Campus was launched on 14 September in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. This is the second JRS-JC:HEM site in the country providing tertiary education to war-affected youth and professionals in northern Sri Lanka.
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Interview with outgoing JRS Communications Officer John Mezsia
John Mezsia has just completed two years of accompaniment as JRS Communications Officer for South Asia. Here, he shares his experiences and lessons learned.
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Praying with Refugees: education enables self-sufficiency
(Washington, D.C.) June 2, 2015 — "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war," says JRS International Director Fr Peter Balleis S.J. “It is important to get (displaced and refugee) children into school. It is important to keep learning, it is a form of healing in the midst of conflict."
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Jordan: finding leadership and purpose in education
Amman, 25 May 2015 – When I came to Jordan, I did not know anybody. I grew up in Darfur, Sudan; when I was 15, I went to the capital Khartoum and studied there for eight years. In 2012, I decided to leave because of security issues with the Sudanese government. I left alone, and then my family followed me
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Peter Balleis, SJ, International Director of JRS, in conversation with Luke Rodrigues, SJ, Jivan correspondent in Rome!
India, 18 March 2015 - Courage and Compassion are words that spring to mind when we think of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). This worldwide organization reaches out to more than 900,000 displaced persons and refugees in over 50 countries. Peter Balleis, SJ shares with Luke Rodrigues, SJ, Jivan correspondent in Rome, the dreams and challenges that are part of this courageous apostolate that addresses a dire need in today’s world.
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Alexis Premkumar, SJ, in conversation with Joe Antony, SJ, on his 8 months and 20 days experience with Talibans!
India, 16 March 2014 - They treated me well. They allowed me to pray in the morning. I went along with them to fetch water. I even prayed that I should be allowed to die. But these were rare moments. They love us. They love India. They are fond of Hindi films. At the Kandahar airport when a soldier learnt I was an Indian he hugged me spontaneously.
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