What does hope look like?

24 February 2023|JRS Europe|Reports and publications

The International Armed Conflict between Russia and Ukraine has displaced millions of people, constituting the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Since the beginning, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has been on the frontlines of humanitarian response, working with those who have been forced to flee their homes. After an in-depth needs assessment, JRS Europe presented the coordinated unified response from the Society of Jesus to the crisis: The One Proposal.

Through this initiative, JRS and Xavier Network, which coordinate the global response from the Society of Jesus, will accompany, serve, and advocate for more than 73,000 refugees fleeing conflict in Ukraine over the course of three years. This response is coordinated by JRS Europe and implemented jointly with 23 JRS Country Offices, the Society of Jesus in Europe, the Xavier Network, local civil society, and NGOs.

In the year that has passed since the start of this coordinated response, together we have accompanied and served more than 56.000 people in 14 countries with emergency aid, shelter, psychosocial support, education, and integration, among other services. The ongoing response has also helped keep hope alive in the midst of the crisis. On the following pages, you will find a few examples of what that hope looks like for each person.

Read more about the response and the stories of the people accompanied at https://jrseurope.org/en/project/the-one-proposal/