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A look back on our achievements from our 2016 Annual Report
Our 2016 annual report shows the ways JRS delivered on our mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people.
At JRS our mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. As shown in our 2016 Annual Report, JRS works in situations of greatest need, where people are most vulnerable, where there are gaps in services and where partnerships can be formed to better serve people seeking safety.
In 2016, our team grew stronger, our incredible donors and volunteers were more supportive than ever, meaning we were able to assist more people seeking asylum than ever before, just like Kanthi, a Tamil woman from Sri Lanka who is seeking asylum in Australia along with her family.
Kanthi* is a Tamil woman, who arrived by boat from Sri Lanka, and is seeking asylum in Australia along with her infant son and her husband.
Kanthi is constantly reminded of the trauma and violence she experienced during wartime, as she still has shrapnel lodged in her head from a bomb explosion near her home. There are painful memories, but there is also daily physical pain from her injuries.
As is the case with many of the people we serve, the circumstances of Kanthi and her family are quite complex and for a period of time the family did not have the right to work and were also ineligible for financial support through government funded services.
The family survived on savings, however, their debt was growing and when they were several weeks behind in rent, they came to see JRS.
JRS assisted the family with some emergency relief payments, however, we knew that we could not provide enough to sustain Kanthi’s accommodation. At risk of homelessness, a JRS caseworker advocated on behalf of Kanthi and her child for urgent government financial assistance.
During this time, Kanthi became increasingly distressed and desperate to solve her financial issues. She cried throughout meetings with her caseworker and regularly mentioned that it would be better if she was not living, however, knew she had to keep going for her young son.
While there were significant barriers to having her financial assistance application approved, Kanthi and her child were eventually successful because of the advocacy and support of JRS and other support organisations.
JRS’ efforts have provided some security for Kanthi and her child, as well as giving Kanthi someone to lean on, in the form of her JRS caseworker, however, the family are still very much at-risk. This will not change until Kanthi’s husband is given the right to work and the family are recognised as refugees and granted protection.
*Name has been changed to protect her identity
Jesuit Refugee Service International presents its 2015 Annual Report
“JRS aims to draw refugees holistically, communally, intellectually and practically into a world where their lives are valued and their skills and hearts make a difference.” — Fr Smolich
In 2015, the Jesuit Refugee Service reaffirmed its commitment to education with the Global Education Initiative and the launch of the Mercy in Motion campaign. Last year, JRS served 724,551 people, 141,333 through education projects. Recognising education is a concrete and durable solution to build more resilient communities, JRS aims to increase this number by 100,000 people by 2020.
At the end of 2015, Pope Francis endorsed these initiatives in line with the Holy Year of Mercy, saying education not only provides a future for the youth, but also protection: “Your Global Education Initiative, with its motto Mercy in Motion, will help you reach many other students who urgently need an education that can keep them safe.”
In the report, Fr Thomas H Smolich SJ, JRS International Director says “remember that the word educate is rooted in the Latin educere, to draw out, to lead forth. JRS education seeks to do just that; it aims to draw refugees holistically, communally, intellectually and practically into a world where their lives are valued and their skills and hearts make a difference.”
Twenty-one percent of JRS’ global expenditure in 2015 went toward educational services, and we hope to increase this percentage over the next five years. JRS ensures its educational services are inclusive, healing, practical and enterprising.
In addition to its commitment to long-term solutions such as education and psychosocial support, JRS also provides emergency relief in hard-to-reach areas such as inside Syria. With its mission to serve those most in-need, JRS works together with local lay, Jesuits and other religious communities to provide services where other organisations cannot. Twenty-five percent of JRS’ global expenditure in 2015 went toward emergency relief, comprising 48 percent of the people served. Approximately 300,000 of the displaced persons JRS serves were internally-displaced Syrians.
But even in hard-to-reach places, JRS prioritises education as well. JRS teams comprise and serve people of all faiths and backgrounds and see education as a tool for to reconciliation and peace building.
“Education will bring peace to my country, because as soon as students are educated, they will know their rights, and they will know how to bring peace through the pen and negotiation table,” said Leila, a student of the JRS teacher-training programme in Maban, South Sudan.
For further information
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
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Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014 Download here.
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2013 Download here.
Strategic Framework Asia Pacific 2013 – 2015
Strategic Framework Asia Pacific 2013 – 2015
Strategic Framework 2012–2015
Strategic Framework 2012 – 2015
Key issues of concern for the Jesuit Refugee Service regarding the lack of protection space in Southeast Asia The Search: Protection Space in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines and Cambodia in Practice is a practical guide which will assist advocates…
Hospitality Handbook for Secondary Schools
Hospitality Handbook for Primary Schools
No Giving Up: Stories of Unfinished Journeys
Side by Side
Learning what accompaniment is all about
Recreating Right Relationships
Reconciling people displaced through conflict
Everybody’s Challenge Essential Documents