JESAM Social Apostolate was created in April 2005 to constitute a platform of exchange of experience, lesson learnt, and encourage concerted actions that focus on social issues that face Africa and Madagascar.
The rationale is to build a sense of direction, and provide necessary guidance, encouragement and support to the Apostolate, lay down coordinating structures and networking and facilitate/assist the social Apostolate to be rooted in Ignatian Spirituality.
JASCNET includes the following centres:
1. Centre for Studies and Training for Development (CEFOD), N’Djamena, Chad
2. Centre Social Arrupe (CSA), Antananarivo, Madagascar
3. Centre for Studies and Social Action (CEPAS), Kinshasa, DRC
4. Centre for Research and Action for Peace (CERAP), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
5. Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC), Nairobi, Kenya
6. Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, (JCTR) Lusaka, Zambia
7. Silveira House, Harare, Zimbabwe.
8. The Jesuit Institute-South Africa, (JISA) Johannesburg, South Africa
9. Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED), Malawi
10. Centre Arrupe pour la Recherche et la Formation (CARF), Lubumbashi, DRC
11. Centre de Recherche, d'Etude et de Créativité (CREC), Godomey, Benin
One of the purposes of this network is to promote the synergy of various centres. The Network aims to accompany the re-development and re-orientation of the social apostolate in the continent, and it proposes to be a force to mobilise and co-ordinate the various efforts in the revival of Africa.
Besides these formal social centres, Jesuits in the provinces and regions are also actively working with street-children, in prisons, or in centres that teach arts and crafts.
The main purpose of these initiatives is one of solidarity with the under-privileged, and to express the preferential option for the poor.