Jesuit Missions has worked in Africa for many years particularly in Zimbabwe and South Africa.


Working with the African Jesuit Aids Network (AJAN) based in Nairobi, we provide outreach to those living with HIV/Aids across sub-Saharan Africa. Jesuit Missions supports AJAN’s projects as well as its work at the Centre Esperance Loyola (CEL) in Lome in Togo. AJAN’S mission is to help Jesuits in sub-Saharan Africa to respond to HIV and AIDS in an effective and coordinated manner. Most of AJAN’s AIDS ministries are embedded in traditional Jesuit works such as parishes, social projects and communications, high-school education and university chaplaincy, Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit formation.

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Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Missions also works with JRS throughout Africa. JRS is active in camps, cities and areas of return in four countries. In the capitals of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, JRS feels increasingly called to help urban refugees, whose predicament poses huge challenges in terms of numbers, poor living conditions and risks faced. At the same time, JRS carries on its long-standing commitments; one is to accompany the Southern Sudanese as they rebuild their country, with education projects reaching some 55,000 people. And in a region vulnerable not only to man-made but also natural disaster, JRS recently set up a project in camps in Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, responding to Somali refugees who fled drought and hunger in 2011.

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