Bridging Borders – Tell Ten!

Join CJI’s Tell Ten campaign called BRIDGING BORDERS this fall in the lead-up to Giving Tuesday on November 27!

You can help us “tell ten” about the importance of building bridges between people, countries, faiths and differences — by attending one of our events with a friend, helping to raise $100,000 for our projects, or telling your friends and family about why you support CJI. Below you will find a number of PROJECTS, EVENTS, IDEAS and RESOURCES to help.

To support the projects in CJI’s Bridging Borders – Tell Ten campaign, please  


CJI is promoting 3 projects that help to bridge borders between people:

Students at Santa Maria Educational Unit in Trinidad, Bolivia, engage in group work. (Photo: Elvira Noe Moye)

1. Latin America: Pan-Amazon Caring for Our Common Home Initiative

The people who live in the Amazon River Basin share resources, cultures and land that stretch across established national boundaries.

The Pan-Amazon Initiative works in 26 communities and 5 countries to address cultural and environmental issues jointly among indigenous peoples.

13-year-old Mohammad receives support in Damascus.
(Photo: Ouwais Sadik)

2. Syria: Family Support in Damascus

CJI is supporting Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Damascus, Syria, where educational and psychosocial services are provided to families in the midst of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

The goal of the program is to bridge gaps for the well-being of families and to offer learning support to children with insufficient or no access to schools.

A Lok Manch demonstration for the right to food.
(Photo: Lok Manch)

3. India: Lok Manch

Lok Manch (People’s Forum) is a platform for promoting the dignity and well-being of marginalized people in India through policy interventions and improved access to their legal rights.

It builds bridges between people and between organizations and it connects needs with resources.



Three CJI partners will speak about their work of bridging borders at meetings across Canada. Ivette Galván Garcia, a lawyer with the Jesuit Centre for Research and Social Action for Peace in Mexico, will talk about indigenous rights and mobilization for change in Chiapas, Mexico. Fr Nawras Sammour, a Jesuit from Aleppo, Syria, will give an update on the situation in Syria and share what Jesuit Refugee Service is doing among displaced civilians within the country and refugees in neighbouring countries. Fr Mario Serrano, a Jesuit from the Dominican Republic, will speak about the needs of people in the border area of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and share what is being done to empower people there.

Events will be held on the following dates in these cities:


Here are some ways you can join in our Tell Ten campaign:

  • Invite 10 friends to one of our Bridging Borders events across Canada
  • Host a movie night or dinner party to support CJI’s projects and invite 10 people to join you
  • Make a $10 (or multiple of $10!) donation toward CJI’s $100,000 campaign goal
  • Call or have tea with a friend to tell them 10 things you like about CJI’s work
  • Send an email or postcard to your friends and share 10 key words about CJI’s campaign
  • Ask 10 friends to follow CJI on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Write a social media post about why you support CJI and tag 10 people


These resources can help inform your Tell Ten ideas and turn them into actions:


To support the projects in CJI’s Bridging Borders – Tell Ten campaign, please  

(Banner photo by Lok Manch: Second national Lok Manch workshop, held in Pune, India)