Education and health are basic human rights that remain inaccessible to many people living in the Global South. CJI supports formal and informal education projects that include distance learning, workshops and practical training. CJI continues to promote and advocate for access to quality healthcare for all through partners who provide free medical care and facilitate health and medical training.
Ocer Campion Jesuit College (OCJC) was founded in 2010, following peace talks in northern Uganda. This area had been ravaged over a 25-year period by violence and war. This resulted in the displacement of the local population and disruption of people’s education.
OCJC started as a secondary school with the aim of providing quality education to students who have been victims of civil unrest. The school’s population has grown from 40 to over 700. OCJC has also become a haven for girls who dream of finishing school and not be forced into early marriages. CJI supported the acquisition of furnishings for OCJC’s library and administration block. This enabled the school to revert 3 classrooms, which had been used as an improvised library and administration office, back into spaces for learning.
OCJC Director: Fr Tony J. Wach SJ. Website: ocercampion.org
• DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Fe y Alegría
Access to quality education
• NEPAL – Moran Memorial School
School for vulnerable children
• PAN-AMAZON REGION – Fe y Alegría and Jesuit Service for the Pan-Amazon Region (SJPAM)
Intercultural and bilingual education
• PHILIPPINES – Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine
Scholarships and community health
Pan-African Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program
Jesuits have made major contributions to education in Africa over the years. More recently, they have begun focusing on the leadership potential of young people. The Justice and Ecology Network of Africa (JENA) has started a Pan-African Leadership Development and Mentorship program which CJI is supporting. The goal of the project is to empower university students in different countries in Africa with people-centred leadership skills.
In 2019, JENA brought 250 African youth to an international conference in Kigali, contributed to the development of the leadership capacity of 40 students and trained 15 university chaplains by providing them with leadership skills and support.
Director: Fr Charles Chilufya SJ. Website: https://www.jenaafrica.org/
• INDIA – Jesu Ashram
Healthcare and education
• INDIA – Hayden Hall
Organization and empowerment of poor marginalized women
• JAMAICA – St Anne’s Parish
Support to students living in poverty