We have a long history of supporting the Jesuits of the East Africa Province with their development projects. This area includes Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. You can read some examples of our work below.
In this region we also have a specific focus in South Sudan where we are currently engaged in a long term project which aims to strengthen the development projects of the local Jesuits.
Jesuit Refugee Service, Kampala and Adjumani
Jesuit Missions support the work of JRS Uganda in two locations: the country’s capital of Kampala and the Adjumani district bordering South Sudan to the north.
Kampala is one of the major urban refugee settlements in Uganda. There were 76,531 refugees living there in December 2019 (UNHCR/OPM). Most of the refugees in Kampala are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi.
Since 1998, JRS in Kampala has been working to improve the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers by providing basic needs and quality education.
During 2020, JRS Uganda initiated a livelihoods project which aims to empower 30 teenage mothers, girls and single mothers in Adjumani to improve their standard of living and contribute to the economic recovery of their communities after Covid-19.
St Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School, Nairobi
St Aloysius was established by the Jesuits in 2004 to serve families affected by HIV and AIDS and is situated in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. It currently has over 280 students who all earned scholarships.
Since 2014, Jesuit Missions has been supporting St Aloysius through the Mustard Seed programme and more recently during 2020 with Covid-19 relief
Mustard Seed is a job training and professional empowerment programme open to all students at St Als’s (everything from buying clothes for work, helping with CVs and interview preparation, paying bus fares for internships), helping approximately 80 students a year to secure jobs which reflect their educational achievements.
When St Al’s was closed due to Covid-19 lockdown in April 2020, food become the most urgent need as many students depended on the food provided at school for their daily meals due to their parents working informal and low-paid jobs. During this difficult time, Jesuit Missions sent funds for food packets distribution for all the student’s families twice a month over a two-month period to ensure that no student’s family went hungry and were able to observe the Covid-19 lockdown despite their loss of livelihoods.