Promoting quality education for all.

World Humanitarian Day Highlights Campaign to Act for Education in Crisis

Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA , 

On World Humanitarian Day, 16 U.S.-based organizations have joined together to encourage continued U.S. Government investments in Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global initiative striving to ensure access to safe, free, and quality education for all crisis-affected children and youth by 2030.

Continue Reading »

The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act has now been signed into law!

The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act has now been signed into law!

On Wednesday, January 9th, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act (WEEE Act) was successfully signed into law. The bipartisan legislation was led in the House of Representatives by former Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), and sponsored in the Senate by John Boozman (R-AR) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

Continue Reading »


Higher Education Holds Promise of Self-Reliance and Independence for Refugees

by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, 

"The only thing my father left me with was this advice before he died: 'I don't have anything to give you, but I ask you to continue with your education. Education will be your mother and father when I am no longer there,” says Charles, 21, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo now living in Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp.

Continue Reading »

Investing in People, Not Projects

by Bradley Broder, 

A villager from rural Kenya once said to me that his community needs a rainwater catchment system that would feed water tanks to each house in his village.  When I pressed him as to why he feels this is so vital given that there is a clean water source less than a kilometer away, his response was unequivocal: “because the volunteer before you helped the village down the road to get water tanks.  We want them to!”

Continue Reading »

Access to Education and Hope: The Solukhumbu Girls Hostel

by Sarah Andrews, 

Growing up in her remote Nepalese village, located deep within the Solukhumbu (Everest) Region, Ngaki faced many hardships common among girls in Nepal who endeavor to go to school. The rural location of her village combined with the realities of her day-to-day life led Ngaki to wonder and worry about her future. She often doubted that it was possible for a girl in her circumstance to get an education.

Continue Reading »