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Middle East and Central Asia

Jordan

Our partner Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Jordan in Amman is currently supporting refugees from Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Egypt, Iraq and Yemen. During the past year they have been responding to the many uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the effect that lockdowns have had on the already precarious income of many refugees.

Supported by Jesuit Missions UK, JRS Jordan has so far helped more than 200 vulnerable Jordanian and refugee families by providing monthly food and hygiene baskets.  These include 4kg bags of rice and sugar, and cans of beans and tuna.  They have also been contributing to the national awareness effort on Covid-19 with hygiene packs consisting of hand sanitiser, surface cleaners, face masks and gloves.  Each package comes with safety with instructions for food safety and sanitation best practices

Ibrahim’s story

Ibrahim is 32-years-old and a father of two. He has been living in Jordan since 2018 and received the JRS Covid-19 aid packages at the beginning of July.  He told JRS, ‘The pandemic worsened our situation because it isolated us from the rest of the society for a long time, we were bored of spending all the time inside the house and the lockdown impacted our mental health… Me and my family were very happy to have received the JRS Covid-19 aid package, there were food and hygiene products.  My children were very happy once they opened and package and saw the content.  Finally, we shared a nice moment of joy.  Thus, I am very grateful for what JRS did for us.’

Kyrgyzstan

We have a long standing relationship with the Catholic Church in Kyrgyzstan. In an overwhelmingly Muslim country, the Jesuits have been entrusted to administer the region.

Since April 2021 there has been a conflict taking place on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. For many children this has created a traumatic experience. Fr Remigiusz Kalski SJ runs the Children’s Rehabilitation and Spirituality Centre, which gives vulnerable children and young adults pastoral support.

Thanks to your kind donations, children and young adults have benefitted from spiritual retreats, trips and pastoral support. These activities improve the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of over 180 young adults and children. The Children’s Rehabilitation and Spirituality Centre acts as a safe place for young people living in an unstable environment.