Our People

Meet Fr. Dan Corrou, S.J.

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Fr. Dan Corrou, S.J., is the Regional Director of JRS Middle East and North Africa (MENA). During 2021, he and Fr. Joseph Cassar, S.J., Country Director of JRS Iraq, visited five US cities to raise awareness for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria,
and Iraq. During these visits they reflected on the Jesuits’ enduring presence in the region, beginning with the first permanent Jesuit mission to Lebanon in 1644. They also emphasized advocacy priorities, raising critical funding for JRS projects in those countries.

“We have been in the region for over 300 years, and we will be here 300 years from now.”

Meet Jesse Muzalia Wayyebwa

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Jesse is a member of the JRS team present in the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Jesse, along with his family and other JRS staff, experienced significant mental stress  while fleeing from  lava flows – occasioned by the massive eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. JRS’s team has been working with other humanitarian organizations to address the needs of thousands of displaced people in the area— including shelter, hygiene and sanitation, education, mental health and psychosocial support, and reuniting separated families.

“I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be part of the JRS team…I thank JRS for being by my side and teaching me once again that solidarity and compassion for the most vulnerable are needed to keep hope alive and to survive.”

Meet Jefferson Ferrer

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Jefferson grew up in the town of Cucuta, Colombia, where he was a shoemaker and construction worker. Jefferson got involved with religious communities to help victims of local gang violence identify and develop their goals. Alongside this, Jefferson studied psychology and interned with JRS Colombia—his compassion and dedication made him stand out and he was soon brought aboard the JRS team. Today, Jefferson supports JRS’s provision of humanitarian assistance and social support services to displaced families directly where they live, always lending an “ear” to their stories and reassuring people in the communities they can count on JRS for support.

“I look for opportunities to engage directly with those we serve. Our job is to attend to critical needs, identify learning interests, teach self-esteem, empowerment, and conflict resolution—at the personal and community levels.”

Meet Kaikai

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15-year-old Kaikai is a member of the Girls Club at Dibina School, in Chad. Kaikai is one of many girls who received Menstrual Health Management (MHM) kits distributed by JRS Chad. JRS’s MHM services not only helped address girl’s urgent health needs, but it also created a deeper understanding of their reality and empowered them to continue to pursue their education. In Kaikai’s case, she is studying to become a midwife with the aim of raising awareness around MHM and to help other women who experience fear and anxiety around childbirth.

“Some girls in the village cried when they  got their period, but after JRS’s Menstrual Health Management trainings, we learned to be more  comfortable around it. Before then, I didn’t know it was possible to go to school during my period.”
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