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Is sustainable growth with justice possible?

KATC-July-2013-3-1-240x300By Patxi Álvarez SJ

In the past couple of decades, the world has seen economic growth that yielded spectacular results. Developing countries enjoyed a 6% annual growth rate between 2000 and 2010, with Asia growing at 8%, Africa at 5% and Latin America at a similar rate. As a result, some one billion people have escaped extreme poverty (an income of less than US$1.25 per day), and there has been a slight bridging of the economic inequality gap between countries.

Inernational Ministries

jamaica_st.-annes-primary-school---principal-and-teacher-mrsCJI works with Jesuit and other partners rooted in the Jesuit tradition to support communities in their struggles for peace and social justice in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. CJI supports projects in many areas, including education, pastoral care, social services, community development, sustainable agriculture, humanitarian aid and human rights.

Darjeeling – Woodcot

darjeeling-woodcotMotto: ‘Helping the poor to help themselves.’ Woodcot currently hosts a group of children, providing a home for them while they attend neighbouring schools. The children cared for at Woodcot work for an hour in the square meter vegetable garden to produce fresh vegetables for the kitchen and whatever is surplus is sold by them in the local market. After school hours, they are taught how to cultivate throughout the year so that they can learn skills that will allow them to be more self-sufficient in the future.

Renewing the earth

boma-300x239Although he is over 80, Godfrey Boma still has a large family to feed, with six grandchildren and two nephews who are dependent on him. Before he joined the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC), the elderly Zambian farmer’s fields were exhausted and unable to produce.

Nowadays, Godfrey grows no less than 23 kinds of crops on his land, among them maize, groundnuts, cotton, pigeon peas, velvet beans, red and black sunhemp, pumpkin, Mexican apples and lemons.