Profiting from the expertise of the Xavier Network emergency
group, the SJES designed a global map showing the needs created by the
pandemic and the responses given them. This simple mapping exercise was
intended, a) to obtain information on the present status of works in the
social apostolate in terms of the opportunities and difficulties
encountered, b) to catalog innovative responses, actions taken and plans
made, and c) to learn how best to confront this moment of emergency and
plan the recovery phase. This survey included other Jesuit
international works such as Fe y Alegría and JRS.
Out of 284 who responded to the survey, some 128 were social
centres/institutions from all six Jesuit Conferences. The rest of the
respondents were from international networks such as JRS, Fe y Alegría
and other works. The survey shows that these 128 social centres are
reaching out to a little more than 1 million people around the world, of
which 52% are new beneficiaries. Despite the lockdown situation in many
countries, 94% of these social centres either are providing minimum
services remotely or are functioning partially. Emergency responses
include awareness-raising, humanitarian services such as providing
shelter, health care, food products, communication and contacts,
advocating for the safety of migrants and the right to food and shelter
for the poor and the vulnerable.
The hope is that this will provide us with some basic information for
the needed collective discernment about how to establish global
coordination for a joint strategic framework and common action both now -
to respond to the emergency - and later during the recovery phase. To
see a visual summary of the results of the survey, click here.
The Secretariat has also created a new section, Covid-19, within its Website
in order to strengthen our global communication strategies and to share
news and reflections, global concerns and best practices within the
Society of Jesus at this time of the pandemic.