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Welcome CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE WELCOME SECTION 4: FORMATION From the President 01 Going to set the world on fire: From the Editor 02 an African regency 27 SECTION 1: AJAN Pastoral field work JCAM communication office 28 Witnessing to life in “ASANTE”- Thank you 29 contradicting realitites 04 Walking with vulnerable youth in prison 08 A mindful experience at JCAM 30 SECTION 2: JENA SECTION 5: UAPs COP26 Glasgow 11 Contemplating the UAPs through art 32 Tax justice: Heightened challenges- SECTION 6: JASBEAM COVID & climate 15 Promoting quality Jesuit education in JENA’s COVID-19 response: Africa and Madagascar 34 Food-climate, Lamu-Kenya 18 SECTION 7: ASI A practical side of advocacy: Assisting The ASI: For a Synodal church in Africa 37 Zimbabwean Parliament in combatting SECTION 8: FINANCIAL OVERVIEW illicit financial flows 20 SECTION 3: SAFEGUARDING Income & expenditure 40 2021 a year of many firsts: Advocating for SECTION 9: JCAM the safeguarding of the African child 23 Our people 42 Find us 44

JCAM 2021 01 Annual Review Welcome FROM THE PRESIDENT Rev. Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ - President Dear Friends, Benefactors and all Companions in Mission, Somewhere in the text of this 2021 Yearbook Fr Charles Chilufya, Director of JENA, reminds us of the great document of Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, which speaks of the joys and hopes, the griefs and struggles of the whole world. Charles is using it as part of his article describing his attendance at COP 26 in Glasgow in November, a meeting which we were told was so critical to the healthy future of our planet. But I think too that the great themes of Gaudium et Spes are to be found in abundance throughout all of the articles in this collection: stories of women and men of faith and service doing whatever they can to build a community united in Christ; lay women and men, Jesuits and religious, young and old, all participating in an endeavour which is larger than any one of us but which brings us all together from every corner of the world with our desire and intention to be part of making good what is broken, setting free what is captive and healing what is sick, in Agbonkhianmeghe E. ourselves and in our society. Orobator, S.J. That is the work of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar – not that we do President of JCAM everything, but rather we do what we can in partnership with, and service of, the Jesuit Provinces and Region of this Conference. It is a work which always asks for more, for deeper engagement, for greater resource, for an ever more radical and complete love of God’s people. You, whoever you are and wherever you are in our world, have in some way chosen to be part of this labour for love and for that, and on behalf of all those whom we serve, and on behalf of my brother Jesuits and all of our wonderful collaborators, I offer you my prayers and gratitude. Without your support we would quite simply not be able to do what we read of here; and together we give thanks for that and praise the name of the Lord! Thank you! Asanteni! Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ President of JCAM

02 JCAM 2021 Annual Review Welcome FROM THE EDITOR Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications From the Editor I am delighted to present to you the JCAM Annual Review for 2021. This is the fourth annual review which the JCAM staff has prepared and given all that has happened in our world across those four years and in Africa and Madagascar in particular, I hope you can join us in thanking God for the hard work, the dedication and the generosity of all the JCAM staff, supporters and benefactors. Anastasia Makunu In these pages I hope you find much to enjoy and celebrate. There is no single JCAM Communications template for what a Jesuit Conference does other than that of supporting the work and mission of the members of that Conference, in our case the seven Jesuit Provinces and Region which together make up JCAM. (see pg. 44.) The scope of what you see here takes us from the very grand international stage of world leaders gathered at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow to the very different reality of supporting prison ministry in Kenya through the work of the African Jesuit Aids Network completing this year 20 years of service; from trying to influence Zimbabwean parliamentarians to combat Illicit Financial Flows which transfer money out of those parts of Africa where it is most needed, to being a privileged part of what Pope Francis has invited the Church to build towards as a truly Synodal community of faith; from the colourful and diverse work of the formation of Jesuits in training to the wider challenge of constructing a network of Jesuit education in the Conference. I hope you enjoy it all and if you have any comment at all please find my contact details on the back cover page. You can see there too how to become a supporter of JCAM’s work. Happy reading Anastasia Makunu JCAM Communications


04 JCAM 2021 Annual Review AJAN WITNESSING TO LIFE IN CONTRADICTING REALITIES Fr. Ismael Matambura, SJ - AJAN, Director In 2002 AJAN was born as a network, formed from already existing Jesuit responses to HIV in Africa. The 1990s and through to 2000 and beyond were times of great turbulence, for masses of people who were becoming part of the HIV & AIDS statistics, many of them in Africa. Theirs was an existential struggle against hopelessness, despair, and death. Once someone contracted HIV, she/he were said to be, using the Dinka term, adarwel: that is, a death sentence has been passed on him or her and death was definite. On top of that social and self-stigma, discrimination associated with the epidemic gnawed life out of the young and the old. It was against this backdrop that Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, 29th General Superior of the Society of Jesus invited Jesuits in Africa to “seek ways of increasing their involvement in this apostolate through greater cooperation.” On 21st June 2002, on the feast of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, AJAN was officially set up and Fr. Michael Czerny, SJ (now Cardinal Czerny) was appointed as AJAN’s first Director. His task was to assist and encourage Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar to respond together and in collaboration with others to the challenge of HIV and AIDS. In this common fight they would learn from each other and above all, they would become a healing presence in the face of the devastating pandemic caused by HIV.

JCAM 2021 05 Annual Review Fr. Kolvenbach observed that “everyone agrees on both the urgency and the immensity of the task….”. By this statement he already underscored, not only structural dimension of the task, but more importantly of delivering sense to the intermingling and sometimes contradictory dimension of faith, HIV & AIDS, and Justice, to the affected and infected persons. To date, AJAN has witnessed to the many lives at the margins of the society that despite them living with HIV, are still equal in dignity and value in the eyes of God. “I dream of acquiring a piece of land, where I can build a house, so my children can have a permanent place to call home. With improved health and support, I Youth participating in an event organised through AHAPPY hope I will make it”. © AJAN of hope amid the fear, anxiety and desolation caused by the Putting our best foot forward. pandemic. Through AJAN people experience the closeness By its closeness to all people living with HIV, (PLWHIV), of the Church, they experience the joy of resurrection. AJAN has witnessed profoundly the tears, suffering and Archbishop Philip Kpodzro would say about Centre hopes of people known by name, and no longer as statistics. Esperance Loyola in Lomé (Togo): “I pray that this Centre Fr. Orobator, President of JCAM affirms, “for many of the may become the symbol in our country of the commitment beneficiaries of AJANs work across the continent, stigma of the Catholic church in the fight against the AIDS has been defeated, hope has been reborn, and a new life is pandemic that causes so much devastation, especially now possible for them. Yet the key challenges remain: among our youth.” resources are drying up or being redirected to other global A 60 years-old widow from Service Yezu Mwiza (SYM) in emergencies and enthusiasm is waning among donners and Burundi states: “I have three children who are still at school, funders”. No wonder that Pope Francis in his address to the and I am looking after them on my own, and as I have no land 36th General Congregation of the Jesuits in 2017 said that of our own to cultivate, I have to work for others in order to “where there is pain, there the Society (of Jesus) is”. have enough to feed them. But with my advanced age, Guided, by the signs of the times, the Network has people are not ready to give me work, which makes my expanded its reach from adult PLWHIV to unborn babies situation even more precarious with my illness. When I was and children via other vulnerable adults, young girls and told that Service Yezu Mwiza was going to give school kits to mothers, and school dropout teenagers. Today the Network my children, I shed tears of joy, because it was like a miracle is present in 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with 21 for a widow like me, who was wondering how to send them centres and initiatives. AJAN has been an instrument, a to school. That God, the defender of widows and Father of voice of the Church and the Society of Jesus, a real beacon orphans, remembered me through Service Yezu Mwiza.”

06 JCAM 2021 Annual Review At 20 years we are not only celebrating the milestones of AJAN, but numerous men, women, young people and children with names, histories, social connections who believed in the greatness of life against death. We are coming to ask ourselves what next? And how else? There is stabilization of deaths! What a consolation! New infections, however, still emerge, and young girls and women bear the biggest burden. In 2020 for instance about 1.5 million new infections were estimated to have occurred; 1.3 million of them were adults, while 160,000 were children under 15 years of age. Our 20 years is thus a renewal of our commitment in the name of those affected and infected with HIV, to continue walking with the poor, outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated and to accompany young people, (particularly those touched directly and indirectly by HIV) in the creation of a hope-filled future. (Jesuits’ UAPs, 2019). It means in other words, do not leave anyone behind. AIDS and other pandemics like Covid-19 today aggravate the situation of Africans, and the less privileged who are already suffering and facing various challenges. It is a mission. Training of Trainers on AHAPPY © AJAN Saile, a 28 years-old young man from the DR Congo so-and-so-many kilos of diamonds. And I knew a good deal contracted HIV while working in a quarry as a “boulonneur” had been struck when we drunk lots of beer in the evening. (one who digs). He was abandoned with his serious sickness Father, people drink so much in the quarries”. (cf. Far from when he became unproductive. In his hospital bed battling Powerlessness. Compilation of Stories Published by AJAN, between life and death he said: “life in the quarry became p.29). This case points to millions of other similar cases in harder than ever, because although our team found plenty our societies. of diamonds, I worked far from those who handled them. I Josephine, a determined and courageous widow and dug in the quarry and didn’t really know what went on beneficiary of the Jesuit Solidarity Fund (Uganda) set up a outside. I would just hear that on a certain day, we got

JCAM 2021 07 Annual Review small business selling bananas at a roadside market, and she them part of the solution including those often forgotten in proudly affirms: “with the little that I save I pay fees for my prisons and correctional centres. eldest son who has joined Kyambogo University to pursue a Tendai, a 23 years-old University student from Jesuit AIDS course in engineering. My youngest daughter performed project (JAP) in Zimbabwe says: “before I was never very well in the primary leaving examinations and was interested in AIDS issues, I thought I knew everything, yet I granted a scholarship at Ocer Campion Jesuit College”. She knew nothing. Now I am always asking myself: what can I added: “I dream of acquiring a piece of land, where I can do? HIV and AIDS is everybody’s business, and everyone build a house, so my children can have a permanent place to has a part to play”. One of the beneficiaries of Service Yezu call home. With improved health and support, I hope I will Mwiza (SYM) in Burundi affirms “I was tested for HIV 8 make it”. (Ajanews107, April 2012). years ago. SYM put me on ARVs, drugs that brought me back to normal life. When the SYM saw that I am taking my treatment correctly and that I am model person in my community, it suggested me to be a community- relay (link) person. From then onward, I travel hill by hill and household by household, raising awareness about health hygiene and the fight against HIV/AIDS. SYM regularly gives us tools for our work. When a person suspects she may have been infected with HIV, I give her a quick HIV screening test with the Oraquick. If the test is positive, I send her to the SYM headquarters to be re-examined and put on ARV treatment, the positive result is confirmed. When she/he returns to the School children participating in AHAPPY event community, I make sure that this person takes the © AJAN medication correctly and that she/he observes the hygiene advice to limit further contamination.” That is the case of promoting entrepreneurship among the To continue witnessing to Christ’s mission of compassion, young adults and young mothers to fight poverty, youth-led protection, and care, as it has been the past two decades, initiatives for a healthier and prosperous planet, prevention AJAN needs the support of any individual, private or public of Covid-19 and alleviation of its effects on PLVHIV, institution of good will that hungers for justice, peace, and attention to those with leprosy and other people with wellbeing. My gratitude in advance to you who want to underlying conditions, attention to Hepatis prevention and support and be part of our history and contribution to its effects, initiatives to eradicate tuberculosis and malaria, transform lives and give back a smile to the most affected. etc. The Network cherishes and values partnership and My Gratitude to all our partners, collaborators women and collaboration. That is why across Africa and Madagascar, men for your constant support, commitment, and trust in members partner with individuals, private and public this common work of the Jesuit Conference of Africa institutions, that, like Jesuits, hunger for justice, peace, and Madagascar. health, and wellbeing for all. Beneficiaries and young people are of great concern, and they are put in the centre to make I believe that doing the good or sharing never get lost! Sharing enriches, keeping impoverishes!

0008 JCJCAM 2021AM 2021 Annual RAnnual Revieweview AJAN WALKING WITH VULNERABLE YOUTH IN PRISON Pascalia Sergon - AJAN, Capacity Building Officer After a session at the Kamae Borstal institution, I crossed Approved/Rehabilitation Schools, Juvenile Remand Homes, over to an adjacent establishment hosting Youth Borstal Institutions or YCTC, who are serving their Correctional and Training Centre (YCTC) for another sentences or undergoing rehabilitation programs. The first discussion. Both Kamae and YCTC are institutions handling time I heard this phrase was during our visit to the youth in young offenders, girls and boys respectively, located in prison. Among the many questions elicited by the phrase, Nairobi-Kenya. At the end of the session, when the group were, where in the life of a young offender does the went for a roll call, one of the boys, I will call him Qamu, reference come in? Does conflict begin only when it meets came to me and said “mimi niko na jambo ningependa ku-share the law? For question one, it seemed to me that the na wewe” (I have something to share with you). In keeping reference falls at the end point where the young person with the protocol, I requested the prison guard to allow us meets the law. The second is answered by the story of to stand away from others. Qamu continued: “I was brought Qamu. It shows there is conflict with self and others before here yesterday. But, madam, there is something in me that conflict with the law. A further question is, from where do makes me very angry. I don't know what it is. I have a little we begin to address the conflict? For instance, in Justice sister and whenever I see her sad or crying, I feel really bad. Systems, conflict is handled from the tail-end (at the point of Anger builds up in me, and I find myself doing just the wrong conflict with the law). This may explain why responses are things. I haven't seen my father since I was born, I don't more likely to be adversarial than welfare oriented. know the whereabouts of my mother. This thing AJAN’S accompaniment of youth in conflict with the Law bothers me.” In the prison cycles, the phrase ‘children/youth in conflict “To accompany young people in creation of a hope-filled with the law’ is commonly used to refer to young people future” (UAP,2019) is an apostolic goal of Jesuits globally. committed to penal institutions, be they The road is marked with the footsteps of St Ignatius that ought to lead to a new dawn in Christ. The Jesuit

JCJCAM 2021AM 2021 0009 Annual RAnnual Revieweview Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), through Prison Chaplaincy in Kenya. Besides running AHAPPY AJAN, seeks to journey with the youth. An example is the sessions with youth in prison, there is also formation of accompaniment of youth in prison which AJAN has pastoral agents working within prisons. Already, Catholic undertaken for a while now. These young offenders are catechists and a number of prison officers in Nairobi region wounded by blows from the law itself, the society and from have undergone AHAPPY Training of Trainers and are within, much as was St. Ignatius at the beginning of his carrying out integral growth formation of prisoners in their conversion. The walk AJAN takes with them is unique. As St. respective stations. Ignatius did during his spiritual renewal, it is a journey Collaborating in the Journey with the Youth in Prison backwards; accompanying the youth to retrace their steps to God, to themselves, all in order to realize and believe in An officer in charge of one of the youth institutions the good and the immense possibilities they are and reflect explained that, “the needs of the prisoners are enormous; the same to the society they live in. It is a transforming way we try our best, but we cannot provide everything. We rely to a new life. on others for help. We also experience high recidivism of This style of proceeding is grounded on three interlocking youth after release, others end up in the streets because pillars; 1) Ignatian Jubilee Year whose theme calls us to see they have no one to take them in or support their education, things anew in Christ. 2) Synodality, that, like a mother hen, so integration is another area we need to support.” This the church gathers all her children under her wings and appeal echoes in other prisons. Lack of basic items like leads them to walk attentive to their growth, all together, soaps, toothpaste/brushes/tissues, baby pampers, shoes, guided by the Holy Spirit. 3) Universal Apostolic Preferences clothes, blankets, scholastic materials, among others is a that invites Jesuits to be more intentional in mission, in our reality in prison facilities. The emergence of COVID-19 has case, to young people. aggravated the paucity since visits from relatives and friends were stopped. Besides trainings and The ministry of accompanying the youth to overcome their accompaniment, JCAM’s own personnel responded to this vulnerability in prison and elsewhere, is carried out through request by donating supplies in form of clothes, toiletries education using the AJAN HIV and Prevention Program for the and baby pampers, which is just a drop in a vast sea of needs. Youth (AHAPPY), a program developed by AJAN in 2013. It You are invited to take this journey with us to support the leads young people outside themselves, to grow into a youth particularly in prison. responsible African youth, living productive lives and In conclusion, as the Church has started its synodal journey working for the good of others and the improvement of the together to listen to the Holy Spirit and discern the will of continent. Based on the Ignatian principles of freedom and God for the Church in our contemporary time facing lots of ‘cura personalis’, AHAPPY takes into consideration the challenges and crises, AJAN is also walking with the Youth complexity of the vulnerability of the young and then seeks to empower them to address their own uncertainty, to promote an integral human development and the full shattered dreams, non-conformity with social laws and exercise of human dignity. It allows young people to change values etc. and embrace a flourishing life. In the footsteps of and adopt sustainable behaviours that promote a healthy St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar state of mind, body and environment in order to enhance together with collaborators, partners, friends, funders, seek their good dispositions and build in them the esteem to feel to weave for the youth a garment of trust so that they march that they are on the right track. confidently to where the grass is green, to a This journey is a collaborative venture with the Catholic hope-filled future.

SECTION 2 JENA JUSTICE AND ECOLOGY NETWORK © Jervis Sundays, Kenya Red Cross Society

JCAM 2021 11 Annual Review JENA COP26 GLASGOW Charles B. Chilufya, SJ - JENA, Director On that big Boeing 737 plane on my way to the 26th UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow, I was sure I was the only Jesuit but later when I arrived I met up with others, notably Fr Leonard Chiti, the Provincial Superior of Southern African Jesuits, Fr. Damian Howard, the Provincial Superior of Britain and a few other Jesuits and lay collaborators. On the plane I had already begun to reflect on the question, “why should a Jesuit be at the COP26?” Answers flooded my mind as I sat quietly reflecting on what this could be for me as a Jesuit. But one of inspirations that hit my mind and really bolstered me was when I remembered one of my influences to join the Jesuits, another Jesuit who often quoted the opening paragraph of the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes (GS): The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men [and women] of this age, especially those who are “ poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men [and women]. United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they “ have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man [and woman]. That is why this community realises that it is truly linked with mankind and its history by the deepest of bonds.

12 JCAM 2021 Annual Review as Gaudium et Spes puts it, I heard the call of the Lord upon me as a Christian and as a Jesuit, “whom shall I send, who will go for us?” and I was convinced that it was worth the energy, time and other resources spent for a Jesuit and any follower of Christ like me to go to Glasgow carrying in my heart the countless who suffer the consequences of climate change in very serious ways. A sense of hope Outside the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), the venue of the COP26, were countless people, especially the young who camped there day and night in the cold and wet Glasgow weather, having travelled from far and wide to put pressure on world leaders to make good decisions. A notable and very strong force were the Fridays for Future. On the first Friday of the meeting, the Fridays for Future climate strike had 25,000 people (many of whom were students out on the streets rather than in class). They mounted serious Fr. Charles Chilufya, SJ, Director JENA participating demonstrations with powerful chanting and sloganeering. Glasgow's biggest protest on climate crisis Another notable outfit were the interfaith groups that had © Fr. Charles Chilufya, SJ camped outside the SEC as well, in serious prayer and meditation. “We are here to pray for you delegates and for the leaders so that we can have good outcomes for those The year 2020 was described as one of the hottest on who are suffering the effects of climate change,” said one of record and ocean heat content is still at rising record levels them, Reverend Hellen Bennet from the Church of England. as the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Reverend Bennet had walked from London to Glasgow, a atmosphere continue to rise. We have seen the effects of journey that took her and others two months having left these changes in climate. In my reflection during the flight, I London in early September. thought of the millions of Africans going hungry because their crops were swept away by floods or were decimated by the heat and locusts. I thought of the fires that were ” We felt encouraged as well when experienced in Australia, Siberia, Spain, and California. Asia negotiators finally reached common rules continued to experience extreme weather events on carbon markets and when the United throughout as was reported in the World Disasters Report 2020. What about the severe drought in South America, States and China issued a declaration to water scarcity in India and the increased vulnerability to sea collaborate on climate action level rise of Small Island States. Feeling bound to those who suffer “by the deepest of bonds” this decade.”

JCAM 2021 13 Annual Review Looking at all these groups and having participated in the usual rhetoric seen from previous meetings as countries over five hours protest march I sensed ineffable hope in my prepared to launch an adaptation goal and adopt strategies heart. This was clearly not passive hope but the kind of hope for achieving such a goal. A lot was achieved at the COP26. that is divine and is created from committed action for We felt hopeful and encouraged when the final text justice. Supported by the company of faith leaders, other committed countries to “accelerating efforts towards the Jesuits, our lay collaborators, countless men and women of phase-down of unabated coal power and inefficient fossil faith and even none, I felt imbued with the hope that we fuel subsidies…” We felt encouraged as well when could achieve climate justice against all the odds. Those negotiators finally reached common rules on carbon who turned out for the march reminded me once again that markets and when the United States and China issued a I am not alone, that I am part of a movement deeper and declaration to collaborate on climate action this decade. wider than I can ever know and that movement is fuelled Some good progress has been made but we still have a long not by hate, selfishness and greed, but by love for humanity, way to go. While the head of the United Nations, António for people suffering miles away with countries in between Guterres, described the climate summit in hopeful terms as us and for every creature. That is the love that will win the “building blocks for progress”, in their tweet a week after revolution and that same collective also encouraged me as a the COP26, Fridays for Future described the summit as Jesuit to continue the fight for and with the poor and “infuriating and disappointing”. The Fridays for Future and marginalised. many others had many reasons for their disappointment. A Mix of Hope and Desolation: The Inconsistencies of the For example, the delegations of India and China pushed for Rich and Powerful watered down language on coal to change from "phase out" There was every hope that COP26 would go beyond the to "phase down" in the draft deal agreed in Glasgow and they got away with it. Did China and India keep in mind the About 100,000 people marched in Glasgow to demand more action on the climate crisis, among them Jesuits. © Fr. Charles Chilufya, SJ

14 JCAM 2021 Annual Review climate-vulnerable nations who need urgent and radical responses rather than half commitments? Coal has been described as the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases and therefore must be dispensed with now! Broken and yet made stronger to imagine a planet we want World Leaders and other powerful people may have broken our hearts as they seemed to remain bent on defending and upholding the oppressive systems of capitalism. Some of them told us that the proposed actions needed to prevent sea level rise overwhelming sea shores and lands were ‘impossible’ or ‘not practical’. In many respects, many of us felt heartbroken and experienced the “fears, griefs and anxieties” that Gaudium et Spes locates in the ordinary folks Tree planting exercise out there who are left behind, half dead. © www.maxpixel.net But as the young Jamaican activist, Mikaela said at The Global Day of Action on the first Saturday of the climate meeting where over 100,000 people came together in the myself the space for my heart to break. So that the gold of city of Glasgow with 300 decentralised actions, “I will allow community can be poured into those cracks and make it stronger, make it bigger because every time my heart breaks; it is made stronger.’” As I walked amidst the large crowd of protestors and allowed myself to be bolstered by their courage and hope, I could imagine that “another world is possible”, that we could create another, more just world. During the long protest march we walked through the cold rain, and yet we felt the warmth as we still sang and danced carrying the joy produced by our faith that “justice was breaking forth like the noonday sun” (Cf. Psalm 37:6). We were people from all nations of the world and all walks of life, Trade Unions, students, different activist groups, migrant networks, faith groups, faith leaders and more joined the march. We felt a sense of community of brothers and sisters, a community we could embrace. We yelled for “climate justice now” that includes everyone. We bellowed for transformation because we can’t stand systems that UK based, Jamaican Climate Activist, Mikaela Loach oppress the weak and poor anymore. We still remain united © www.weshft.co/mikaela for a more just and healthier world and for a better future for all.

JCAM 2021 15 Annual Review JENA TAX JUSTICE HEIGHTENED CHALLENGES: COVID & CLIMATE Pascal Pax Andebo - JENA, Research and Advocacy Officer - Tax Justice The COVID-19 pandemic and the growing concerns of the taxation process? climate crisis have combined to aggravate the ever-present The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) and problems of poverty and inequality that affect both Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC) collaborated to create more governments and individuals. Recovery and “building back tax justice awareness in Kenya, with support from Misereor better” is still constrained by a financial tightrope, especially and the Jesuit Missions in Germany and Switzerland. The for many developing countries like Kenya, given the two organisations-initiated sensitisation activities in sic financial liquidity challenges they have. Financing dioceses in Kenya. The aim was to create and sustain a immediate livelihood needs like poverty alleviation, critical mass of the Kenyan public that is aware of and improved nutrition, education, and health still have embraces the responsibility to pay taxes and the right to challenges. Thus, other development needs like demand for a reasonable and effective tax-spend. It is infrastructure are perceived as luxury. Improved domestic envisaged that through active domestic resource revenue mobilisation is expected to contribute to the mobilisation and public participation in planning and annual investments that improve people’s lives. However, are the budget making, resource allocation and use will improve. people aware about the crucial role they are supposed to Consequently, poverty will reduce and life, especially for play in strengthening domestic resource mobilisation and the poor and marginalised will improve due to better effective revenue use? Do the ordinary taxpayers see service delivery and development. Ordinary citizens can progressive policies and a very transparent

16 JCAM 2021 Annual Review also engage with their leaders and representatives of government to advocate and advance for a fair taxation regime framework, practices, and policies, in line with the Ability to Pay principle. Religious leaders and representatives of the civil society organisations (CSOs) and local businesses participated in the workshops and meetings organised. These directly involved 280 participants. The use of local radio stations in the six dioceses enabled the message to further reach an estimated 1.2 million people through the airwaves. The WhatsApp application was also very useful. During the meetings participants shared their experiences and challenges about taxation. They echoed common problems of limited knowledge and information about taxation, Group session, tax justice workshop © JENA harassment and technical difficulties during tax administration, high and numerous forms of taxes, discouragement due to high levels of corruption in government, tax evasion by the rich and prominent, poor service delivery, and limited involvement of the majority citizens in decisions of revenue allocation and use. For action, the participants eagerly committed to create more tax justice awareness and mobilise more citizens to participate in the current local government programme of public participation. Several of them also took part in the radio programmes organised by JENA and JHC. Second-round visits to Eldoret and Mombasa revealed that Presenter during the tax justice workshop the participants were serious about their commitments as © JENA there were several encouraging results. Either individually or in groups, many participants engaged in more public

JCAM 2021 17 Annual Review sensitisation and awareness raising about taxes and public revenue after the tax justice sensitisation meetings that JENA and JHC organised. As a result of their actions, more businesses formally registered their enterprises and paid their taxes. Some participants demanded from their local government’s services like rehabilitation of their local hospital, improving sanitation for business locations. They further engaged community members to discuss issues like the increasing national debt. In all these, JENA was driven to promote tax justice awareness to contribute to reducing and eventually ending the injustice of poverty, guided by JENA’s strategic plan of 2019-2023. Inequality and exclusion continue to exacerbate poverty. Confronting poverty is important in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For JENA, this motivation is rooted in the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), especially of walking with the excluded: the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated. It also encompasses the effort to journey with and support the youth to give them hope for a better future, as well as care for our common home, the earth. If this major work being trialled here in Kenya is successful it can then be extended through other countries within Africa and in Madagascar. Civil society representatives who participated in the workshop in Kisumu Archdiocese © JENA

18 JCAM 2021 Annual Review JENA JENA’S COVID-19 RESPONSE FOOD-CLIMATE, LAMU-KENYA Bryan P. Galligan, SJ - JENA, Research and Policy Analyst—Food and Climate Justice When Africa’s first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Egypt on February 14, 2020, political leaders and public health professionals feared the worst. In the following months, the virus would overwhelm health systems in places like Rome, Madrid, and New York, and the lack of advanced healthcare facilities in African countries led many to expect things would be even worse on the continent. These predictions were accurate, but the grim experience of COVID-19 in Africa has been about much more than the lack of healthcare infrastructure. Instead, strict lockdowns and rising food prices, combined with the absence of social safety nets and already-strained national budgets, have led to a series of devastating social and economic impacts for Africans. In terms of food security alone, the Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO) estimates that the pandemic contributed to the “largest single-year increase in global hunger in decades.” Sub-Saharan Africa has borne the brunt of that increase. Even before Kenya recorded its first case of infection by the COVID-19 virus, lobster fishers in Lamu, an isolated county on Kenya’s north coast, were already experiencing a foretaste of what the pandemic had in store. Most lobsters caught in Lamu would normally be exported to China or Europe, where consumers are willing to pay more for them than Lamu residents can afford. When pandemic restrictions blocked lobster exports, the fishers in Lamu were forced to sell their products locally, but a lack of cash in the local economy meant they had to slash prices by 80% or more. Other fishers were impacted too, both due to the same lack of market access that affected lobster exports as well as the Kenyan Government’s strict pandemic control measures. Even the activities of local fish markets were severely constrained and an overnight curfew that was in place from March 2020 through October 2021 forced fishers to stay home during the best hours for fishing. As one fisherman explained in the early days of the pandemic, “the best catch is made during the night, and although we will have to comply [with the curfew], it will also have an impact on the…income of several homes in Lamu.” Unfortunately, “an impact on…several homes” would prove to be quite the understatement.

JCAM 2021 19 Annual Review With most Lamu County residents directly or indirectly pandemic and just how quickly they can recover if given the dependent on livelihoods derived from the sea, the collapse chance. Overfishing is far from the only threat to Lamu’s of the artisanal fishing industry had severe and widespread marine ecosystems: industrial development, pollution, and effects. Decreased local food production and an climate change are also key stressors. However, a more all-but-shuttered local economy made food security an sustainably managed fishery coupled with stronger local immediate concern. A survey of Kenyan coastal markets could make a big difference. The development of communities affected by COVID-19 found that households local and regional trade would protect Lamu from the were forced to spend most of their money on food and that vicissitudes of global supply chains, and sustainable fishing only the least expensive food items, like ugali (corn meal), would increase catches while also making the local were regularly making their way onto people’s plates. In ecosystem more resilient to climate change, perhaps the Lamu, a government plan to purchase seafood directly from area’s greatest long-term threat. local fishers and distribute the catch to food-insecure JENA’s engagement with Lamu has been two-fold. In the households never materialized, and the implementation of short term, we have worked with members of the other relief programs was spotty at best. Some households community to document their experiences of COVID-19 could not even afford school fees or rent, and girls who and support them in making their struggle visible and calling should have been in school and protected were left for social justice. However, JENA’s approach to pandemic vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, sometimes by response is not just limited to the short term. We have also members of their own families. focused on laying the groundwork for a just and resilient The pandemic has made life very difficult for many in Lamu, long-term future. Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, in but the area’s marine ecosystems appear to have benefited Lamu and elsewhere, cannot simply be a return to business from the curfew and the reprieve from fishing that it as usual. As Pope Francis wrote in Fratelli Tutti, “anyone who brought. When President Uhuru Kenyatta finally lifted the thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to curfew and fishers were able to head back out to sea, boat improve what we were already doing…is denying reality.” after boat returned to shore with several times more fish The events in Lamu provide us with one illustration of the than what would have been expected under normal pandemic’s impacts on ordinary people in Africa. They also circumstances. These swollen catches offer an indication of provide us with an example of resilience, and as the just how depleted Lamu’s fish populations were before the (admittedly partial and potentially fleeting) recovery of Lamu’s ecosystem shows, there is real cause for hope. Turning today’s hope into tomorrow’s reality will hinge on our ability to foster deep, systemic changes that go well beyond “the need to improve what we were already doing.” This type of recovery from COVID-19 will not be easy. Indeed, there are many in this world who would benefit from a return to business as usual and many more who are indifferent to the need for change. We at JENA, however, know that the world cannot afford to keep ignoring the needs of communities like Lamu. We will continue to advocate for them and work with them as they determine their own path toward a future that more closely resembles the Kingdom of God.

20 JCAM 2021 Annual Review JENA A PRACTICAL SIDE TO JENA ADVOCACY: ASSISTING ZIMBABWEAN PARLIAMENT IN COMBATTING ILLICIT FINANCIAL FLOWS Fernando C. Saldivar, SJ - JENA, Global Policy and Advocacy For the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) some insight into avenues for legislative reform. As with so 2021 has been a time of transition, learning how to adapt many other problems facing countries throughout the our work to this new reality. How, in a world with strict Global South, IFFs have been magnified by the economic travel restrictions and little opportunity for in-person disruptions wrought by the pandemic. This invitation to contact, do you live out your mission of advocacy on behalf speak to Zimbabwean MPs arose out of just such an of a just, poverty-free, peaceful, and ecologically understanding that addressing IFFs cannot wait until some regenerative Africa? For JENA that has meant increasing unspecified time in the future when COVID is no longer our online presence and participating in many more with us. webinars and digital fora than in years past. It has also IFF is an umbrella term for a broad group of cross-border meant not waiting anxiously for a COVID-free world before economic and financial transactions. At their most basic, hitting the road again but grabbing each opportunity to IFFs are often defined as money that is illegally earned, physically meet people where they are at. transferred, or used that crosses borders. Tax evasion and One such opportunity came in May when JENA, in avoidance, corruption, smuggling, trade mis-invoicing, and collaboration with Silveira House in Zimbabwe was invited drug trafficking are among the varied practices that fall to give a day-long presentation in Harare to members of the under the IFF umbrella. IFFs are of concern to governments Zimbabwe Parliament on illicit financial flows (IFFs). Fr. all around the world because they represent a tremendous Charles Chilufya, S.J. and Fernando Saldivar, S.J. were asked source of lost revenue that could otherwise go towards by Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Budget, Finance public services. For developing countries, IFFs hinder and Economic Development to train MPs on the problem of efforts at poverty reduction and have a serious impact on IFFs on both a global and national level, as well as to give sustainable development projects.

JCAM 2021 21 Annual Review For Zimbabwe, as well as for the remainder of Africa, COVID-19 further revealed the devastating effect that IFFs have had on the ability of resource-strapped governments to weather the storm. The significant financial leakage from IFFs hamper the ability of Zimbabwe and other African states to provide the critical public health services necessary to respond to the pandemic, or to provide social services in any number of other areas. In many cases, alongside the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, IFFs combined Participants listening keenly to the IFF with COVID-19 have placed African governments in the presentation by the JENA team precarious position of having to choose between satisfying © JENA the demands of foreign creditors or feeding, housing, and caring for the health of their populations. Therefore, addressing IFFs cannot wait until the end of the pandemic, a This is in line with work that JENA has done throughout the point well-taken by the Zimbabwean MPs. pandemic, answering Pope Francis’s call to imagine a post-COVID future based on principles of human fraternity, solidarity, and care for creation as outlined in his encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti. In fact, over the last year, JENA has been engaged with the Vatican’s COVID-19 Commission, actively bringing an African perspective and voice to this broader work of the Church. Our work with the Zimbabwe Parliament complements that mission, encouraging multilateral approaches to debt and development in Africa. As Pope Francis reminds us, “today’s Fr. Charles Chilufya, SJ, addressing the Zimbabwean problems call for a vision capable of taking into account members of Parliament, during an IFF workshop every aspect of the global crisis.” Those have been JENA’s © JENA marching orders for the last year and inspire the work we plan for 2022 and beyond. Over the course of the day, Fr. Chilufya and myself provided the MPs with a comprehensive overview of the problem of IFFs, highlighting those areas where African governments are particularly challenged. We highlighted the issues of transparency and good governance, pointing out that these are areas where the MPs can move quickly to enact new legislation and make policies that foster better tax policies and revenue collection in Zimbabwe. MPs were engaged throughout the entire day, actively making interventions, Fratelli Tutti is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, and posing questions. They encouraged JENA to return and subtitled "on fraternity and social friendship" expand their presentation to include other areas © www.cmmbrothers.org concerning Zimbabwe in the global financial order.


JCAM 2021 23 Annual Review SAFEGUARDING 2021 A YEAR OF MANY FIRSTS: ADVOCATING FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE AFRICAN CHILD Beatrice Mumbi - JCAM, Safeguarding Coordinator The year 2021 has had many firsts with tremendous In many ways, this event was a ‘first’ as the initial plan was to expansion of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and have the traditional in-person conference, which could not Madagascar (JCAM) safeguarding programme. In April happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021, the programme ran a successful 3-day virtual The event was held to develop a concrete response to Pope conference with the theme “African Child: Promoting a Francis’s clarion call to: Consistent Culture of Protection, Care and Safeguarding in Church and Society”. The event brought together over 300 » “say ‘never again’ to every form of abuse”. participants consisting not only Jesuits but laypersons, » contribute to the global “task regarding all of us as the church leaders, and representatives from other Religious People of God” to create a safe environment for all, Orders and Congregations from across the continent. especially children, in Church, family and society.

24 JCAM 2021 Annual Review » present current research, thinking and best practice in structures needed to deliver justice and the field of child protection and safeguarding from ensure prevention. multiple perspectives in the context of the Church, This safeguarding forum opened a new path of family, and society in Africa. multidisciplinary inquiry and constructive conversation by » convene practitioners and experts, alongside academics and practitioners about the global phenomenon theologians and other scholars, to explore together of clergy sexual abuse in the context of Church and society the challenges, tasks and commitments presented by in Africa. It also offered an opportunity for formation and sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults for the capacity building for the Christian community, leaders, and Church, family, and society in Africa. pastoral agents. Participants explored, analysed, and discussed issues Months later the fruits of the three days are tangible, the related to the phenomenon of clergy sexual abuse through outcome of the conference being a twelve-chapter volume four critical overarching lenses: that the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar » Justice for victims and survivors. (JCAM) has published with the title ‘CREATING A CONSISTENT CULTURE OF SAFEGUARDING IN CHURCH » Prevention of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable AND SOCIETY: Perspectives from Africa’. The depth and people. detail of this volume leaves no stone unturned about » Structural enablers of abuse in the Church, family, and safeguarding in Church and society in Africa and invites society; and more scholarly work on the subject. It is a must read for us all! » Conversion of ecclesial and societal institutions and Fr. Orobator, SJ, the JCAM President (left), addresses participants during the opening of the webinar © JCAM

JCAM 2021 25 Annual Review The JCAM Safeguarding and Child Protection programme path in safeguarding. It is an exciting journey that will has also developed a training and research Centre called hopefully create thoughtful leadership and guidance for the Jesuit Centre for Safeguarding in Africa (JCSA) and is Church in Africa and the society in general. hosted at Hekima University College in Nairobi, Kenya. The As we conclude the year, I would like to affirm that the training and research Centre will work collaboratively with inspiration for all that has been achieved so far has been the the Jesuit Institute of Theology, Institut de Théologie et de la work that has been going on in the provinces, region and Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ), in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The first formation houses in the Jesuit Conference of Africa and cohort of trainees completed the 32-hour non-degree Madagascar (JCAM) for the last four years. Our child certificate course on 30 October 2021 and a second cohort protection officers have contributed in many ways to the has been enrolled. The training is delivered both, in person learning and consolidation that is now the Jesuit Centre for and through online formats to reach as many persons Safeguarding in Africa (JCSA) and the Community as possible. of Practice. The year is closing on an equally high note with a new project that has been in the works for the better part of the year. It is the goal of the Centre to be of service to the Church in Africa, to form those charged with the welfare of children in the Church and its institutions and to the wider society. Therefore, the curriculum is designed in a manner that is contextually relevant and practical, with the welfare of the whole child in mind and is delivered by experienced African scholars. The year is closing on an equally high note with a new project that has been in the works for the better part of the year. The ‘Safeguarding Community of Practice for the African Church’ finally came to fruition at the beginning of November 2021, with a formal launch scheduled for January 2022. The community of practice is a collaborative platform that will bring together African episcopal Book on safeguarding by JCAM conferences, dioceses, religious congregations, national © Pysch Marketing associations, and academic institutions to forge a common


JCAM 2021 27 Annual Review FORMATION WITHIN JCAM GOING TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE: AN AFRICAN REGENCY Fernando C. Saldivar, SJ - JCAM I am now in the second year of the formation period we call back then, one of the thoughts that I had was, “Oh my God, “regency”, and which comes after we complete our “first they could send me to Africa!” The prospect of being sent to studies” in philosophy and our initial period in the novitiate. It live and work in Africa was so frightening, so foreign sounding, is an opportunity to live in a Jesuit community and work so off-putting, that I went no further. God certainly has a full-time in one of our ministries for 2-3 years before we are marvelous sense of humor in that what I would find again missioned to studies, this time for theology. It has now unbearable in my 20s, would fill my heart with such been five years since I walked in the door of our novitiate in tremendous joy a couple of decades later. Africa has become Culver City, California. Although each Jesuit has a province my home now, opening its arms to teach me, nurture me, and that they belong to, mine being USA West, we are taught early feed my soul in ways that I never imagined possible. For that, I on that the entire world is our home and one of the hallmarks am tremendously grateful and excited for where my Jesuit of our charism is a willingness to be missioned anywhere in journey takes me next. the world where the need is greatest. For me, “anywhere in the world” has come to mean Nairobi, Kenya. I have been missioned to be the Global Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA), a central part of the work of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, helping to do research and analysis on social justice issues related to debt and development, human rights, disarmament, and climate change, among others. It is, by far, some of the most exhilarating, life-giving work that I have ever had the chance to participate in as a lawyer. In fact, a decade ago, as I was staring out my office window in Los Angeles, if you had asked me if I could ever imagine visiting Kenya, let alone living there, I would have said you were crazy. Yet, here I am, and I could not imagine my life any differently. In fact, it is a tad ironic that I find myself in Africa at all. Even Fernando C. Saldivar, SJ though I entered the Jesuits just shy of 40, I had first given © JCAM thought to being a Jesuit when I was in my early 20s. However,

28 JCAM 2021 Annual Review FORMATION WITHIN JCAM PASTORAL FIELDWORK JCAM COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE Ouedraogo Saguedare Irenee, SJ - Hekima University College Jesus gave a special mission to his disciples; "to go out to all nations and make disciples”. Matthew 28:19-20 For us today, although the proclamation of the gospel is effective in the chapels, the Church also uses the contemporary means available to perpetuate the mission of Christ through social media. These too are a blessing in the sense that they can constitute important channels in the proclamation of the gospel. However, in order for these technological means to be opportunities for the service of God and the Church, pastors must be effectively and sufficiently trained and informed in their use. That is why, as part of my training for priesthood, I wanted to seize the opportunity offered to me by Hekima University College to work in the Communication Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar, (JCAM), which generously opened its doors to me, offering me both the framework and the means necessary for the success of this pastoral experience. JCAM was definitely a school that strengthened my communication skills through the training I received both in the values of the means of communication but also in the use of these means in a practical way for evangelization. In this sense, I collaborated with the communication office in the media coverage of some JCAM events, the editing of some videos and the publication of daily reflections on the JCAM website. This training was made possible by the positive experience of collaboration that I had with the staff working at JCAM. I was impressed by the quality of their welcome, the value of their friendship, their dedication to their respective missions, their professionalism and especially their availability and openness to help me grow professionally, humanly and religiously. This experience also allowed me to have a greater familiarity with the mission of JCAM in all its dimensions and to learn from the companions who work there with passion and dedication in the implementation of their own mission across Africa and Madagascar.

JCAM 2021 29 Annual Review FORMATION WITHIN JCAM “ASANTE” – THANK YOU Bryan P. Galligan, SJ - JCAM Bryan Galligan, SJ (right) with Sa'id, Lamu fisherman As our conversation neared its end, Sa`id expressed his We Jesuits in formation are often told that we are part of a gratitude: “thank you, Bryan, for everything.” I have been universal Society. We may be from specific parts of the thanked and I have offered thanks many times before, but world—the northeast United States in my case—but we are there was something about what Sa`id said, or how he said it, called to work together in the pursuit of one global mission. that caught me off guard. We had just spent an hour or so That mission is about nothing less than the Kingdom of God, discussing a writing project that would bring more attention or, as one of our recent documents put it, “the Kingdom of to some of the human rights challenges in Lamu, Kenya, where justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.” One way for me to he lives and works. I felt like we were allies, working together participate in that mission has been to move to Nairobi and for the same goal, and it pained me to hear him relate some of place the few gifts I have at the service of communities like the needless suffering his community had experienced over Sa`id’s who are on the front lines of so many global crises, from the past months. At the same time, I didn’t feel like I was doing climate change to COVID-19. While this would be meaningful anything out of the ordinary. Until, that is, Sa`id said thank you. work regardless of my Jesuit identity, Sa`id reminded me that The depth and sincerity in that simple statement reminded me what I am doing is so much more than just “work.” Research, why I’m here. writing, and even a phone call, in the context of a universal mission, can all become acts of love.

30 JCAM 2021 Annual Review FORMATION WITHIN JCAM A MINDFUL EXPERIENCE AT JCAM Silas Archibong, SJ - St. Pierre Canisius-Kimwenza, DR Congo AFRICAMA HOUSE: An epitome for unity in diversity My first impression of Africama House, was, “Wow, this I appreciate the importance of Africama House as an place is huge!” The beautiful structures were surrounded by “Ubuntu” community – a person is a person through other vibrant green vegetation. Africama House, provided me persons. It serves as an epitome for unity in diversity. with an instant calm feeling over myself stepping into the During my time here, every day, we gathered at Mass to quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Indeed, an environment that break bread and listen to God. At breakfast, it was hilarious is conducive for reading and praying. Upon walking inside to see brothers teasing each other. At lunch, the Jesuits with the building, your eyes are instantly drawn to stunning the collaborators gathered to eat, share stories, and laugh. artworks on the wall, and breathtaking stained-glass At dinner, when we sat together, of course, nobody had all window in the chapel. I had arrived for a six week placement the answers, but when we discussed, we learned from one as Artist-in-Residence, commissioned by the President of another. More regents should be invited to relish the the Conference, to bring to the walls of Africama’s sweetness of Africama House and St Ignatius Community. conference room the call of the four Universal Apostolic Preferences. Silas (centre, right) poses for a group photo after his art presentation at Africama House © JCAM


32 JCAM 2021 Annual Review UAPs CONTEMPLATING THE UAPs THROUGH ART Silas Archibong, SJ - St. Pierre Canisius-Kimwenza, DR Congo kinky-haired Mary, muscular-looking Jesus, and brown - skinned Joseph. The Jesuit who inspired me to go back to art also uses black images contrary to conventional European paintings. That man was Father Fernando Arizti, SJ. I began to learn the art of playing with pencils again in the Novitiate. Simply put, I am a self-taught artist. Unlike Fr. Arizti, who was into painting, I specialize in realistic drawings done with pencils, and pen, creating white and black pictures and portraits. Silas Archibong, SJ Creating Art The dynamics of artistic creation always invite me to take a © JCAM further step to surpass limits and to set out on new paths. When I was invited by the President of the Jesuit My father says that I started talking at the age of two and Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), Fr. started drawing when I was four. At the age of seven, I was Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, to be the artist in compelled to narrate stories with pencil illustrations on residence who will work on the Universal Apostolic paper that my father was obliged to read. My father has Preferences, I was excited, and the experience was a great always believed in the importance of symbolism to bring blessing for me. imagery to narratives. This was Ignatian, though neither of us were conscious of it. This is what Ignatius invites us to do throughout the entire experience of the Spiritual Exercises: Composition of Place and Application of Senses. He, therefore, invites us to the home of imagination. I drew images of characters I usually read: the blue-eyed Jesus, the long curly-haired Mary, and the white-skinned Joseph. Things changed when I entered the Jesuit Novitiate. I discovered few African books like the masterpiece of Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart. It made me have a sharp transition in my perspective. I thought that God ought not Silas Archibong, SJ art in progress to be foreign to me as an African child, so I started creating © JCAM images that I could identify as an African child: Afro


34 JCAM 2021 Annual Review JASBEAM PROMOTING QUALITY JESUIT EDUCATION IN AFRICA AND MADAGASCAR Anastasia Makunu, JCAM Communications The Jesuit Association of Secondary and Basic Education in education in Africa: “with this launch of JASBEAM, we have Africa and Madagascar (JASBEAM) was launched officially on an opportunity to develop a new way of collaborating, 14 May 2021. Over 60 participants representing more than networking and advancing the mission of education, 50 primary, basic and secondary schools in the Jesuit because we are stronger together. We are creating a new Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) joined the event platform that will allow us to learn from one another, which was held online. initiative joint projects, and support one another.” The goal of JASBEAM is to create a strong network that will JASBEAM - A fire that kindles other fires enhance collaboration among Jesuit Schools in Africa and to The keynote speaker, the Secretary of Education of the provide quality educational services that allow all Society of Jesus, Fr. José Mesa, SJ addressing the stakeholders to achieve human excellence in the Jesuit participants emphasised the significance of a strong educational tradition. regional network, in the development of Jesuit schools not During the opening session of this launch, the JCAM only in this part of the world but also for the Jesuit Global President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, expressed Network of Schools, saying, “we are learning that we are his gratitude to the JASBEAM coordinator Fr. Joseph stronger and better when we network at all levels (local, Arimoso, SJ, Education Delegates past and present, and the national, regional and global). It allows us to reach new Educate Magis team who worked tirelessly for three years levels of urgency that benefit the service of our mission of to make the launch possible in 2021. He affirmed that the justice and reconciliation with God, with humanity, and launch was a historic moment in the development of Jesuit with creation”.

JCAM 2021 35 Annual Review Fr. José Mesa, SJ © Educate Magis Fr. Mesa went on to say that Educate Magis offers Jesuit schools a great possibility to build a global community where we can share experiences, resources, get inspiration and energy. He called on participants to take advantage of that and help to build Educate Magis into a vibrant online community of Jesuit Ignatian educators. “Our Jesuit schools should play an important role in making the right to quality education, a reality in Africa and the world.” He also called on the JASBEAM network to embrace Fr. General, Arturo Sosa’s call to practice the audacity of the impossible and work together, as other Jesuit regional networks have done and have found new apostolic energy in the activities available in this collaboration. JASBEAM now has its own dedicated website (www.jasbeam.africa) as well as social media presences to help bring some of the hoped-for outcomes to a speedier reality. In January 2022 JASBEAM hosts its first in-person conference at the Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja, bringing together educators, Jesuit and lay, from across the Conference. May God generously bless the work of JASBEAM so that it The new dedicated website may truly make a difference in the education and service of www.jasbeam.africa the young in Africa and Madagascar and strengthen all those who work at this mission.


JCAM 2021 37 Annual Review SYNODALITY THE ASI: FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH IN AFRICA Ndanu Mung’ala, ASI Programme Coordinator For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and reasons. Through the widest possible participation, the Mission is the theme of the Synod called by Pope Francis to People of God will be able to identify what the Holy Spirit is meet in Rome in October 2023. Pope Francis launched the calling the Church to be in the third millennium. Synodality process at the beginning of October 2021 in Rome marking is not supposed to be a temporary event but a way in which the start of a unique process involving the universal church. the Church fulfils her mission in the world. This is a two-year process in three phases: diocesan, JCAM was invited early in 2021 to assist with the continental and universal. preparations for this synod, certainly in the first two phases, Synodality evokes the original nature of the Church walking but in such a way as to help shape the third phase. After forward together, listening to the Holy Spirit, and much discussion and imagination, the African Synodal participating in the mission of the Church. This synod is Initiative (ASI) was created with the aim of resourcing and intended to help the Church rediscover her purpose of enriching this process of ‘journeying together’ as a pilgrim ‘journeying together’. Bishops around the world are asked and missionary people of God. to consult with the People of God at all levels, including Drawing on the Society’s existing investment in the those who have been excluded from the Church for various teaching of theology and networking with many others

38 JCAM 2021 Annual Review engaged in the same process of reflection and formation, the ASI hopes to advance the quality and reach of these phases enabling local churches in Africa to engage fruitfully and constructively in this synodal process. ASI work began in October 2021. It has produced an Archbishop Jude inaugural synodality video released during the launch of the Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi, Tanzania diocesan phase on 17 October 2021. This is one of a series © AMECEA of videos which will appear in the months ahead on the JCAM website (www.jesuits.africa), and the YouTube channel (Jesuits Africa). ASI has also hosted a communication planning workshop with the Association of Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and organised a formation webinar on 18 November 2021 titled: “Synodality in Africa: Practical Suggestions for Facilitating and Conducting Discussion, Consultation and Dialogue in Cardinal Antoine Local Churches”. Kambanda, Rwanda © JCAM Much more remains to be done. A handbook on the theme of synodality will be published in 2022, the labour of a working group that is comprised of African theologians and scholars. More webinars and video productions are also planned. There is keen interest from different members of the Church to learn more about the practice of synodality in inclusive ways and to engage better with the Church leadership. Guided by the Society’s commitment to walking Bishop Willybard with the excluded and journeying with the youth as Kitogho Lagho, Malindi-Kenya expressed in the Universal Apostolic Preferences, ASI will © JCAM orient its 2022 activities to assist all those in the Church and at every level to share their experiences and learn from each other in order to realise the dream of a listening church that journeys together. “Listening leads us to the grassroots. Are our dioceses and parishes in Africa ready for synodality, given the gap that exists between the clergy and lay people, also between men and Rev Fr Andrew Kaufa, women? How do we support women and youth voices to be Social Communications heard in this process and for decision making?” – Views from Coordinator, AMECEA webinar participants (18 November 2021) © JCAM Some of the contributors to the ASI videos.


40 JCAM 2021 Annual Review JCAM Income 2021 (EUR) Economy of Francesco - JENA 3,955 Financial Highlight 2021 JCAM website and personal 4.78% donors 4,975 109,412 INCOME Haiti relief efforts by JCAM 5.24% 120,000 €2,288,578 10,000 5.51% Fr. Paul Hamill, SJ - JCAM, Treasurer Misereor - JENA : tax justice 126,000 10,850 8.54% In 2021 JCAM entered into new partnerships Canadian Jesuits International : 195,480 with a number of major international Trusts Safeguarding (phase 3) 14,997 which align with and support the mission of Jesuiten Weltweit Germany : 8.86% the Society of Jesus in Africa and Madagascar. Safeguarding (phase 3) 18,000 202,811 We are grateful for the generosity of all of our partners and donors and especially for the FACSI - Rome : for The Gambia 11.86% confidence which they place in us. 24,598 271,500 JCAM welcomes donations of any size and Jesuit Conference of Canada details of how to support our work can be and US : AJAN and Formation 109,412 found on our website www.jesuits.africa Porticus Africa - Safeguarding : JCAM aims to account for all its grant income Community of Practice 120,000 18.35% from donors and trusts in a timely and 420,000 transparent manner. Porticus Africa - African Synodality Initiative 126,000 JCAM’s accounts are externally and FADICA - JENA: COVID-19 independently audited each year according to vaccine advocacy campaign the International Standards on Auditing. Our 195,480 auditors are FH & Company, 216 Muthaiga JCAM Provinces/Regions North, PO Box 64587, Nairobi 00620. solidarity in formation 202,811 33.03% For any further information please contact the Core income from Provinces 756,000 JCAM treasurer: [email protected] / Region of JCAM 271,500 British Province Society of Jesus Formation 420,000 Conrad Hilton Foundation - JENA : supporting women and girls in education 756,000

JCAM 2021 41 Annual Review JCAM Expenditure 2021 (EUR) JCAM Support for Jesuit Historical Institute in Africa 12,750 5.11% 75,000 JCAM support for JENA/Justice 6.99% and Ecology 12,750 EXPENDITURE 102,585 9.94% FACSI Project - The Gambia €1,468,224 146,000 15,000 Throughout 2021 JCAM has continued its 10.80% JCAM Support for AJAN support for the training of Jesuits in Africa and 158,615 17,000 Madagascar. It has also continued its extensive programme of JCAM support for ITCJ, Safeguarding training. Cote d'Ivoire 75,000 Much of the new grant income is now being 18.00% expensed in the areas of Preparing for the 264,321 AJAN grants to field partners Synod on Synodality, COVID vaccine and core expenses 102,585 advocacy, supporting women and girls in education, tax justice and in AJAN the training and support of those living with HIV/Aids. JCAM led Safeguarding work 20.84% 146,000 The percentage of our income which is used in 306,000 administration continues to fall and in 2021 JCAM administration costs - was only 7%. salaries, insurance, travel Any surplus in the year is almost all 158,615 un-expensed grant income and this will be JENA Projects - advocacy, ecology, utilised in 2022. tax justice, silence the guns etc. 264,321 24.40% Support to JCAM Provs using 358,203 formation centres in Conference 306,000 Training of Jesuits in special studies and formation costs 358,203

42 JCAM 2021 Annual Review SECTION 9 JCAM: OUR PEOPLE Beatrice Mumbi Judith Nguli Fernando Saldivar, SJ Ismael Matambura, SJ JCAM Safeguarding Coordinator Research and Policy Analyst JENA Global Policy and Advocacy JENA AJAN Director John the Baptist Zamcho, SJ Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, SJ Pascalia Sergon Wambua Mulwa JCAM Socius JCAM President AJAN Capacity Building Officer Support staff – Gardening Sharon Achieng Abbas Mohammed Receptionist Clerk of works

JCAM 2021 43 Annual Review Scholastica Kilonzo Joyce Githae Kenneth Mmata Mary Wanjiku Support staff- Catering JCAM Accountant Support staff - Gardening Support staff- Housekeeping Pascal Andebo Paul Hamill, SJ Anastasia Makunu Charles Chilufya, SJ Tax Justice, Research and JCAM Treasurer and Webmaster, Communications and Social Apostolate Coordinator Advocacy Officer JENA Development Office Director JCAM Child Protection Officer and JENA Director Ndanu Mung'ala Bryan Galligan, SJ Caleb Mwamisi Programme Coordinator Research and Policy Analyst- AJAN Communications African Synodality Initiative Food and Climate Justice JENA and Research Officer

44 JCAM 2021 Annual Review FIND US PROVINCES AND REGIONS 13 12 14 7 8 5 5 3 11 2 4 1 1 3 6 2 9 1 4 5 6 2 KEY 10 1 1 2 North-West Africa Province (ANW) Eastern Africa Province (AOR) 3 1. Nigeria 4. Sierra Leone 1. Ethiopia 4. Sudan 2. Ghana 5. The Gambia 2. Kenya 5. South Sudan 3. Liberia 3. Tanzania 6. Uganda 2 1 2 West Africa Province (AOC) Southern Africa Province (SAP) 1. The Republic of Central Africa 1. Zambia 6. Namibia 2. Benin 9. Togo 2. Malawi 7. Lesotho 3 4 3. Burkina Faso 10. Gabon 3. Zimbabwe 8. Botswana 1 4. Cameroon 11. Guinea 4. Mozambique 9. Eswatini 6 8 5. Congo 12. Mali 5. South Africa 6. Ivory Coast 13. Mauritania 7. Senegal 14. Niger Madagascar Province (MDG) 9 8. Chad 1. Madagascar 7 5 Central Africa Province (ACE) Rwanda Burundi Region (RWB) 1. Democratic Republic of Congo 1. Rwanda 2. Angola 2. Burundi

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