JUHAN’S Humanitarian Action Day 2014
Fairfield and Georgetown Universities, on behalf of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN), invite Jesuit institutions to join in a day of humanitarian action on Thursday, November 20th, Universal Children’s Day. Members of JUHAN are excited to announce this day of solidarity and hope that your institution will join to help those in need whether they live in our own communities or around the globe.
Let us know what you will do! Send your event to Julie Mughal, Fairfield University’s JUHAN director and assistant director of the Center forFaith and Public Life: Jmughal@fairfield.edu and we will include your event!
- Fairfield University will present a JUHAN-sponsored panel, “The Middle East: Past, Present and Personal,” on November 20th to offer a better understanding of the situation in the Middle East beyond the headlines, enabling more educated dialogues and opinions. In addition, the University has designated November as “JUHAN Humanitarian Action Month,” with a full array of activities, including: a trip to the United Nations, a Habitat for Humanity Day, a 4-Liter Challenge event, a Non-profit career panel, and a Save the Children Run.
- Georgetown University's Program on Justice & Peace and JUHAN will host Dr. Michael Wessels, author of "A World Turned Upside Down," for a lecture and reception. Dr. Wessells will speak on strengthening protection for vulnerable populations through education and psychosocial approaches.
- Jesuit Refugee Services: On November 18, JRS Great Lakes will be issuing a press statement with Child Soldiers International and sharing other content on the issue before and after that date. On November 20, at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, JRS International is organizing a meeting with the press between Vatican Director of Communications Federico Lombardi and the Fr General Adolfo Nicolas. One of the issues Fr General will speak about will be education. Students and faculty in the U.S. can visit http://www.jrsusa.org to learn more as these events unfold.
Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua: On November 14th, UCA will host Social Service Day. More than 100 projects involving social service were developed by students and faculty at UCA. On November 14th, UCA's students will share their experiences through "Social Service Day" presenting 20 of the most outstanding projects to the public. Students, faculty and community associates will participate in this event.
A Day of Solidarity and Fundraising for the Philippines
Our day of solidarity and fundraising was very successful thanks to your support. We raised $5,390 for the Disaster Response and Management (DReaM) Team at the Jesuit-founded Ateneo University in Manila! Typhoon Haiyan (also called Typhoon Yolanda) hit the Philippines on Nov. 8 and was possibly one of the most violent storms ever to reach landfall. On November 22, 2013, Fairfield's Center for Faith and Public Life organized a major effort through the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) to help the 9.5 million Filipinos affected.
Dialogue on Syria
The Dialogue on Syria took place on Nov. 14, 2013 at Fairfield University, sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) which is housed in the Center for Faith and Public Life.
The civil war in Syria has its roots in sectarian loyalties, fueled by an autocratic dictator and neighboring countries with diverging agendas. The result of the almost-three-year conflict has been a laundry list of humanitarian crises: an enormous refugee problem, deaths due to lack of food and medicine, reports of torture, and the use of chemical weapons. This dialogue helped increase awareness and deepened the discussion about one of the most pressing humanitarian emergencies in the world today. Check out the videos, below for talks by some of our experts:
Marcie Patton : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFf28E1wWh8
Silvia Marsans-Sakly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IemkNpVsuuw
David McFadden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLcUynQ0UpE
Gary Shaye - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPhCIUa6wvQ
Iman Jebara: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKYM42Y_D50
Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKaE-iNF8MI