The Jesuits of the Kohima Region in Northeast India work in the rural, mountainous area situated in the Himalayan hills and valleys between Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Tibet. They serve a population that is primarily indigenous and their work includes: the establishment of parishes, the operation of 10 high schools, 13 middle schools, 26 primary schools (over 13,000 students), one undergraduate college, a training center and numerous vocational and agricultural training programs. Social action projects include economic self-help cooperatives, women’s micro-finance groups; initiatives to support human and cultural rights, religious/ethnic tolerance initiatives and dialogues, ecological preservation, legal advocacy, and support for health care.
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The Granja Escuela Popol Ja (or Popol Ja Farm School) is part of the Jesuit parish La Natividad de la Virgen María in Santa Maria Chiquimula, Totonicapán in Guatemala. The farm is located next to a Fe y Alegría school (Centro de Educación Integral Indigena Popol Ja) and is a place of education, training and experimentation designed to generate knowledge that can be replicated in home gardens and communities across the municipality.
The Jesuit faith is based on a passionate commitment to simplicity, spirituality and intellectualism. With those principles in mind, the architects at Gray Organschi Architecture took extra care when constructing the Jesuit Community Center at Fairfield University. Nestled on a quaint hillside, and captured in photographs Robert Benson Photography, the space offers staff and students a relaxing retreat from the unyielding pace of campus life. In an effort to share their values with the community as a whole, the Jesuit’s ensured that the space makes an impressive commitment to minimizing energy consumption.