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IJM is the official outreach to Irish Jesuit missionaries, volunteers and collaborators
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Aoife Jenkins is a #volunteer teacher at Xavier #Jesuit Secondary School in Cambodia. She shares her volunteering experience with Irish Jesuit Missions readers.
"The secondary school opened its doors to 33 gorgeous Grade 7 students in November 2016. They are the happiest children that I have ever met." writes Aoife. "I also have the pleasure of running some of the extracurricular activities such as a Science Club and sports clubs. Even in 30 degrees heat, every day they want to play after school."

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Irish missionaries, because of own political history, have empathised with nations who live or have lived under colonialism or dictatorship and autocratic government. Comm. Michael Mallin, the father of Joe Mallin SJ—age 103 and oldest Irish #Jesuit missionary living in Hong Kong—was executed in the Easter Rising of 1916. SEE http://bit.ly/MichaelMallin
Joe’s solidarity with the people of Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation and later with the influx of refugees from communist China, is evidence of Irish solidarity born out of the experience of being powerless oneself, both as an individual and as a nation. #EasterRising1916
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"Easter is a time for rejoicing in the good work God is doing and wants to do through us all. Through each one of you and by your spiritual and material support we are able to support our men and women on the frontiers of poverty." writes John Guiney SJ.

"It is a great joy to witness lay missionaries and lay volunteers, men and women, collaborating in #Jesuit works and it is always a blessing to visit our missionaries and works in the field. I had the pleasure of visiting our Companions in Cambodia, Hong Kong and Singapore in February 2017.
"I wish you a very happy Easter Season and let us keep each other in our prayers." Please read on: bit.ly/2oxBSqr 
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"Go to the frontiers!, exhorted Pope Francis to his #Jesuit Companions. John Guiney SJ writes about this momentous occasion when a Jesuit Companion—who is also the Pope—advised them to live their Jesuit vocation in the footsteps of St #Ignatius by always discerning the good Spirit in their lives and work. #GoodFriday

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Sometimes people just need to talk and be listened to. World Health Day on 7th April recognised this and had as its 2017 theme ‘Depression: Let’s talk’.The #Jesuit #Refugee Service in Kenya and South Sudan are training community counsellors, teachers and youth to talk and listen about each other's trauma. The projects are supported by #Irish Jesuit #Missions Please READ ON http://bit.ly/WHO2017refugees #WorldHealthDay

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This is the story of Fr Frans Van der Lugt SJ who gave his life for #peace and #reconciliation in Syria. Please read: http://bit.ly/FransArticle
Fr Frans was killed in Homs on April 7th 2014. He refused to leave his beloved #Syrian people: "A shepherd does not leave his sheep".The Irish #Jesuit #Missions commemorated the anniversary of his death with this video produced in partnership with SwanSong Films Ltd. #SyriaConf2017

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The Education Project in #Cambodia aims to form young people of conscience who are competent, compassionate and committed to the service of others especially people living in poverty. Even though the schools are Catholic and #Jesuit in identity, most of the children come from #Buddhist families. Eight trees grow in the ‘sacred circle’ at the centre of the school site. This ‘sacred circle’ is a place of silence, peace and quiet at the centre of our education project. Jesuits, staff, donors and volunteers are helping the #Xavier Jesuit Education Project to grow quietly and firmly.

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At St Peter Claver's High School in the arid region of Dodoma, Tanzania, fresh rainwater will be harvested from four large roofs alleviating water shortage and providing training for the students in the efficient use of rainwater. The project will be a model for people in the region in water conservation and hopefully be replicated by them at their homes, institutions and other locations.
The project is assisted by the Irish #Jesuit #Missions.#LaudatoSi #SDG6 #WWD2017

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Take a digital tour to each education project the Irish Jesuit Missions is linked with. Click through on the map and read about them, look up their websites, view their videos, picture albums and social media pages!

The Irish Jesuit Missions is directly linked with #Jesuit run education projects in Africa and Cambodia. They are intended to be communities of life, work and worship both at home and abroad. Pupils are encouraged to respect and care for one another as friends and companions, in God's service and to live by ‘a faith that does justice’: a faith that expresses itself in action for the communal good, the greater good.

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Syria six years on: Stories of Resilience and Hope
In Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, #Syria, Turkey and Europe, #Jesuit #Refugee Service (JRS) works with refugees and internally displaced people who have fled conflict, providing them with emergency assistance and ongoing educational and psychosocial support. In spite of the darkness this conflict casts over all Syrians, JRS staff and volunteers have experienced many moments of hope.The people we work with continue to kindle hope in the hearts of the Syrian people, those living both inside and outside of the country.Image: queueing for food/JRS
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