Jesuit Missions has launched their Christmas Appeal. The Jesuits have been active in Guyana, a small country on the north coast of South America, for over 150 years. A country the same size as the UK but with a population of only 775,000, it has a severe problem. Many young people are leaving due to lack of employment opportunities.
Stephanie Beech, Communications Officer at Jesuit Missions, recently travelled to Guyana to meet some of the young people involved in the Guyana Human Development Centre (GHDC) which is supported by the Jesuits.
Stephanie says: "It was really inspiring to see the work that the Jesuits are doing, giving young people an alternative option to leaving their families and country behind in the hope of a better life."
The GHDC offers young people the opportunity to learn new skills after they finish school enhancing their employment opportunities.
Roshnie, a young woman of 23, became a computer tutor after graduating from a course there. She says, "I'm really happy here and couldn't imagine working anywhere else. I really enjoy supporting the students and seeing them progress throughout the course." Roshnie hopes that people will be empowered to start their own businesses.
Around the world Jesuit Missions is enabling and empowering people like Roshnie to achieve their full potential. This Christmas they are asking for your help.
In war torn South Sudan, Jesuit Missions has brought together fractured families and communities after years of conflict through the reconstruction of a church which will also act as a community centre.
In India, over one million people were affected by the heavy floods in Kerala earlier this year. Jesuit Missions responded to this by assisting the local Jesuits and those communities worst affected and ensuring that they are better prepared should it happen again.
You can donate on their website today: https://jesuitmissions.org.uk/christmas-appeal-2018/
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