CJI 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.
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Canadian Jesuit brother Robert Mittelholtz SJ started Jisu Niketan School in Matigara in 1974 for children who used to roam a railway platform close by. To this day, only very poor children are accepted in the Jesuit-run school, which does not require uniforms, does not charge fees and gives students breakfast and lunch. Apart from the usual academic subjects, which are taught in Bengali medium, students attend classes in music, dance, elocution and ecology.