Social Justice & Ecology

Enabling Justice for prisoners with acquired brain injuries

Jesuit Social Services in Australia has launched an initiative to assist people in the criminal justice system with an acquired brain injury (ABI).  The Enabling Justice Project is a three-year initiative in the state of Victoria and is undertaken in partnership with RMIT University's Centre for Innovative Justice. The project includes the formation of an Australian-first user group to address the overrepresentation of people with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) in the criminal justice system.

Networking for great governance of natural resources

Issues of equity and sustainability in mining projects are receiving greater scrutiny from Jesuit entities and individuals worldwide through the growth of the Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network.

Jesuit education at the frontiers of greater societal engagement

Students from six Jesuit universities in Asia recently spent three weeks dialoguing and working with the Xavier Ecoville community. Xavier Ecoville arose from the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi). After the storm, Xavier University together with the city government led the relocation and rehabilitation of affected families on a plot of land donated by Xavier University.

Bringing inclusive development to an indigenous tribe

When the Philippine’s newest freeport was established seven years ago in Casiguran, Aurora province, a large-scale protest among the affected residents and various groups erupted. The Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO) aimed to transform more than 12,000 hectares of Casiguran land into a commercial, industrial, agro-industrial, and tourist hub to usher development throughout the province.

Finding business solutions to social problems: Jesuit initiatives in social enterprise

Today’s problems need different strategies and Jesuits must apply new skills and techniques in order to respond more effectively. Beyond simply business skill however, there is a need for greater imagination to solve the challenges of today. In the same way business as usual needs to change, social ministries and apostolates must also go beyond the usual.

Reaching out to families of international prisoners

Members of the Prison Ministry team of Jesuit Foundation (Thailand) recently made a trip to Laos to visit the families of Laotian prisoners in Thailand and share news of the prisoners.  Over six days, the team visited 22 families as well as two ex-prisoners who were released last year.

The need for the “heart” dimension in our living spaces

Will creating more social spaces in Singapore lead to the sprouting of more social communities? In this concrete jungle we live in today, where do we fit in? How can modern architecture lend a hand in softening Singapore’s concrete jungle, making it a more liveable place? These were some of the questions considered at the forum@KINGSMEAD dialogue and reflection on “Mankind and Urbanisation at the Cross Roads”, held at the Kingsmead Centre for Ignatian Spirituality and Counselling on August 19, 2014.

A path out of unemployment

The path to finding employment can be long and difficult, particularly for those who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. For those seeking work, the process can feel like being stuck in a never-ending cycle of applications and knockbacks.

For a while, Zac felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. Despite being engaged with an employment service, he was having no luck securing work in the highly competitive Melbourne job market.

Jesuits in Africa join the fight against Ebola

Ignorance, prejudice and fear are the first enemies to fight if you want to eradicate the Ebola virus, and the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN) is getting involved in the fight by providing culturally sensitive information that is urgently needed to increase understanding of the virus and address the fears of the people.

God, people and planning

Have you ever seen or walked into a fancy handbag boutique selling the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce and Gabbana? Even if we have never walked into one, we all know that these bags are pricey, high class, and beyond the reach of most people. What about bags branded “Rag2Riches”? You can find them in major shopping malls in the Philippines and in Anthropologie shops in Singapore, Malaysia and many countries in Europe.

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