Latin America and the Caribbean
The Society of Jesus arrived in British Guiana in 1857, over 150 years later we still have a large presence in what is today known as Guyana.
Guyana, meaning land of many waters, is a small country in the north of South America bordering Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. Eighty percent of Guyana is rainforest and home to only ten percent of the population. The indigenous people who live in this region have never been more threatened than at present due to climatic change, the pressures of large corporations and forced expansion of urban areas.
Pope Francis describes Amazonia as “a region with rich biodiversity, multi ethnic, multi cultural and multi religious” and a “mirror of all humanity” which is in need of urgent protection. He called all the Bishops of the Amazon to a Pan-Amazonian synod in October 2019 to discuss the future of the church in this region.
Jesuit Missions is working with indigenous Amerindian communities helping to protect their culture and native languages through the introduction of a Quality Education Bilingual programme.