#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you

We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the current situation – more than 65 million people forced to leave their homes to seek safety, with 22.5 million of them having had to flee their countries – can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated. Can anything be done? 

The real crisis, however, is not a “refugee crisis”, but a crisis of solidarity, or what Pope Francis has called “the globalisation of indifference”. The response that is needed is both individual and collective: solidarity is not just an ideal, but is expressed in concrete actions and steps that draw us closer to our neighbours, in whatever situation they find themselves.

To mark the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 14 January 2018, JRS is releasing a campaign, called #Do1Thing, to show what individuals are doing to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate refugees in their communities. These are ordinary people, doing simple things: offering friendship, or helping with a language class. They are not engaged in many great and heroic acts, but often are just offering one thing, one form of support, one day in a week. Often they just #Do1Thing.


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#Do1Thing: My unexpected swimming teachers
Cisaura, 19 January 2018 – Najib is a Hazara who fled Afghanistan for Indonesia. Before arriving in Indonesia, he had no idea how to swim. Now he is learning with help from a few coaches.
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#Do1Thing: Laughter is the best medicine
Bogor, 17 January 2018 – When we think of a medical doctor among refugees, we might be forgiven for assuming that the doctor is there to provide emergency medical treatment.
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#Do1Thing: I share my knowledge with refugees
Cisarua, 15 January 2018 – What Sari has is a little spare time, and the knowledge of her own language, Bahasa Indonesia. This is her gift to Hazara refugees who have fled Afghanistan for Indonesia.
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#Do1Thing: Helping refugees brings out their potential
Sydney, 14 January 2018 – Junghee lives in central Sydney with her dog Boo, and volunteers as an English teacher at Arrupe Place, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) centre in Parramatta.
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#Do1Thing: Hope for refugees begins with you
Rome, 9 January 2018 – We hear the words “refugee crisis” all the time, and the sheer magnitude of the current situation can leave us feeling powerless and frustrated. Whose responsibility is it to solve the “refugee crisis”? Can anything be done? Whom should I blame for the situation?
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