Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is pleased to present our 2020 Annual Report, which details the stories of our work and the people we proudly served last year. The resilience demonstrated by our staff, supporters, and most importantly the people we serve was simply put – radiant. This resiliency was demonstrated in a year with some of the most significant displacement on record, with UNHCR reporting just last week that 82.4 million people were forcibly displaced world wide in 2020.
As Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director of JRS/USA describes in the report “Last year, in India, a group of refugees who had been trained by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in our tailoring program used their skills to make masks and PPE for other refugees and their host community. In Beirut, refugees who have now become part of our mental health and psychosocial support team continued to check up on their peer-led groups through texts and social media. And, in Chad, refugees raised their hands to help JRS spread the word and educate their community about hygiene and social distancing practices.”
This resilience inspired us all in 2020 to continue to accompany, serve, and advocate for over one million refugees and forcibly displaced people in more than 57 countries as the world faced unimaginable circumstances. JRS/USA supported of vital programs last year, using funds raised through JRS/USA to support programs in the United States and the 10 JRS regions throughout the globe. In 2020, JRS/USA sent more than $15 million directly to programming for 98 projects overseas.
JRS/USA’s 2020 Annual Report, Radiant with Resilience, tells the story of this resilience and the continuation of programs and mission.
As then President-Elect Joe Biden said during 2020 anniversary event, “JRS believes that in the stranger we actually meet our neighbor and that every society is ultimately judged by how we treat those most in need.”
Read the full report here: JRSUSAannualreport.org
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