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Mercy in Motion

Logo from Mercy in Motion campaign.Mercy in Motion is a campaign with the goal of providing 100,000 refugee and displaced people with access to education by the year 2020.

Education can help to build peace and foster the development of more resilient and cohesive societies.

Mercy in Motion will expand the educational projects of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), spanning from primary school to university, and including vocational and teacher training. The $35 million raised by this campaign will give refugees the tools to contribute to their new communities, and to rebuild their own ones.

As human beings, we are at the mercy of nature, at the mercy of governments, at the mercy of leaders, at the mercy of war. We are at the mercy of forces beyond our control. Because of this human vulnerability, over 65 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes. They are constantly in motion: taking trucks, rafts, boats and trains; taking children, blankets, clothing and, most often, taking nothing.

But for people living in motion, even those who cannot carry things can take thoughts.  They remember their families, their houses, their schools. They remember their friends, their loss, their fear. Memories and knowledge are the essential, and often only, things they can carry forever – the things which can never be taken from their minds and hearts.

Mercy is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality… We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable of.

(Pope Francis)


To learn more about the Mercy in Motion campaign:

- Listen to the voices of refugees themselves.

- Learn about the projects being supported.

- Watch a video from the Mercy in Motion series.


The Mercy in Motion campaign is a concrete sign of commitment to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our goal is to expand and strengthen JRS education programmes to be able to provide educational services to 100,000 more refugees worldwide.

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