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Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuit Refugee Service

JRS was founded in November 1980 by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to respond to the plight of Vietnamese refugees fleeing their war-ravaged homeland.

Following the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese fled their homes, setting out in overcrowded boats across the South China Sea. Many did not survive the journey; they were killed by pirates or drowned because of storms and rough seas. Fr Arrupe felt compelled to act. He called on the Jesuits “to bring at least some relief to such a tragic situation”.

Fr Arrupe wrote to over 50 Jesuit provinces regarding the situation, recognising that the Jesuits, then numbering 27,000 men across the world, were well-placed to coordinate a global humanitarian response. As conflicts broke out in Central and Latin America, southeastern Europe, and across Africa, JRS rapidly grew from helping Vietnamese boat people in a few camps in Southeast Asia to working with refugees around the world.

Nearly 20 years after our founding, JRS was officially registered as a foundation of the Vatican City State on 19 March 2000.

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Country Grants Officer job at Jesuit Refugee Service (JR

Kampala, Uganda

Seek and maximise funding opportunities from a variety of sources and expand the donor portfolio in Uganda.

Posted:
Mar 9, 2024
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Mar 10, 2024
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Country Communication Officer job at Jesuit Refugee Service

Kampala, Uganda

To produce testimonies, articles about JRS Uganda project for the website, media use and fundraising.

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Jan 17, 2024
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Jan 30, 2024

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