“Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members.” (EG 186)
Despite the unprecedented wealth and technological development which exists in so many countries, 1.2 billion people in our world live in extreme poverty. One third of these are children. (World Bank 2013) In 2012, more than 6 million children under the age of five died (WHO 2013), many from preventable causes including hunger. In fact, a staggering 842 million people do not have enough food to eat (WFP 2014).
Whilst there has been significant progress in recent years in reducing the numbers of people going hungry and children dying early, it remains unacceptable that, in a world of plenty, too many people are still living in these sub-human conditions.
It also means responding to humanitarian emergencies where we can.
Our Programmes in the UK
Jesuit Missions offers short and long-term volunteering opportunities in Africa, Central America and Asia. We also prepare resources for schools and facilitate a companions programme that links schools in the UK with schools in Africa.
We continue to provide hospitality for Jesuit missionaries returning to the UK from their work overseas.