Nairobi, 13 November, 2020 / 10:53 pm (ACI Africa).
The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is set to mark four decades of existence this weekend, a celebration that highlights 40 years of “Christian charity; commitment, love, and dedication,” the leadership of the agency has said.
“We celebrate 40 years of accompaniment from JRS worldwide. We celebrate 40 years of Jesuit Christian charity; commitment, love, and dedication from our staff,” the leadership of JRS in Eastern Africa say in an anniversary message shared with ACI Africa, Thursday, November 12.
The Saturday, November 14 anniversary has also been described as a celebration of “40 years of hope and opportunities for the vulnerable; 40 years of walking together, of serving and advocating,” the officials who oversee JRS’ operations in Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Ethiopia add in their message.
Founded on November 14, 1980 by Jesuit Fr. Andrew Arrupe, the mission of JRS is “to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future.”
“From then, JRS has kept growing rapidly, as a practical and spiritual response to the sufferings of refugees,” the Kenya-based JRS Eastern Africa officials note in their message shared with ACI Africa ahead of the November 14 event.