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SuSan Center

susan_logoThe Sustainable Sanitation Center (SuSan Center) is a multidisciplinary convergence center of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan involving the 3 Xavier University Colleges: School of Medicine, College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture. The SUSAN center is committed to a science-based and multi-sectoral engagement in sustainable sanitation aiming to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment and promoting human dignity for peaceful and sustainable development in Mindanao, the Philippines and the wider Southeast Asian region. The SUSAN centers core activities include capacity development of communities, policy makers and other institutions on sustainable sanitation and to support the development and implementation of various sustainable sanitation technology solutions.

Bendum, an emerging center for ecology

bendum-projectA group of professionals from Australia recently visited Bendum, exploring ways of assisting and supporting the emergence of Bendum as a center for ecology. Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services in Australia, with Clinton Murray and Nelson Riofrio, pro bono architects, and Miles Murray, a Year 10 Student from Xavier College, were in Bendum for five days.

Study Circles

studyKATC promotes the formation of study circles in the villages. This is a method of adult participatory education. A small group of 7 to 12 farmers come together to form a study circle group. The group chooses the topic it would like to study. There is a group leader, who need not be an expert in the subject matter, who is trained in study-circle leadership skills, and whose task it is to animate the group. All participants contribute to the learning process by sharing information and working on practical exercises together.

Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC)

cropsKasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) is a farmer-training institution near Lusaka, Zambia. It is operated by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). From its beginning in 1974 until 1990 it taught conventional (industrial) agriculture, but then shifted to organic, sustainable agriculture. KATC offers a series of short courses (3 days to 2 weeks) in organic agriculture (e.g., biological pest management, animal draft power), conducts field days at its own demonstration plots, farms, rural areas, and schools in the area.

The Jesuit Network: Loyola Jesuit Secondary School, Malawi

jcedBut in Malawi the Jesuit network is just beginning, and that is why JCED is excited to share with you a new Jesuit project will that be starting in Malawi, Loyola Jesuit Secondary School. In September of 2014, Loyola Jesuit Secondary School (LJSS) will be opening its doors to the youth of Kasungu. In the tradition Jesuit education, LJSS will form students of conscience, competence, compassion and commitment, who strive to transform and improve their community.

Rationale

jcedAccording to 2008 Population Census Report, over 90% of the population of Malawi use biomass energy (charcoal and firewood). Cooking with too much wood fuel contributes to deforestation. A new study (“Bounding the Role of Black Carbon in the Climate System: A Scientific Assessment” in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmosphere, 15 January 2013) reveals that the black carbon being emitted, which is mostly “soot” formed in the combustion of wood, is the second most important contributor to climate change. The majority of low-income households (constituting about 80% of the population of Malawi) use traditional three stone open fires, which use too much wood fuel and emit a lot of black carbon