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[p][i]It's about time I did this, for seven years I have been encouraging people to run the marathon for Jesuit Missions. [/i][/p][p][b]Why now?[/b][/p][p]My usual role on marathon day is to collect the runners from the finish line and drive them back to our after party. No one looks like they have had a great time, it looks like hard work. But the reality is that daily life is much harder for millions of people around the world, than a one off marathon day. There are more refugees in the world than ever before, and the number of people living in absolute poverty is about 1.3 billion. Their reality is harder than a marathon. [/p][p][b]Why Jesuit Missions?[/b][/p][p]It's not just because I work there. One of the reasons I like working for the Jesuits is because they work with the most marginalised people, in the most marginalised and vulnerable places in the world. We are working to fix some of the world's biggest problems. These are two examples of the work that your donations could help fund.[/p][p]This year we are continuing to partner Jesuit Refugee Service, and will help to fund their work in Uganda. There are 1.2 million refugees living in Uganda, and a staggering [b]82% of this population are women or girls. [/b]We will increase access to education from pre-school and primary to secondary school, and provide English language lessons. Additionally, we will work to ensure a peaceful co-existence and cooperation between the host community and refugee community.[/p][p]The money raised this year will also help towards preventing young women vulnerable to people traffickers. [b]Near the Nepal-India border we have already reunited women who have been trafficked to the nearby cities, with their families.[/b][/p][p][u]We want to do more[/u] and provide even more women with training and new skills. We have also increased awareness of the dangers of exploitation by groups promising work in the cities. We have seen women taking on leadership roles in their villages and having increased participation in local decision and policy making.[/p][p]Your donations this year will help more women have access to life-changing skills programmes.[/p][p][b]£26 could pay for a secondary school student’s academic materials, books and supplies for a year in a Ugandan refugee centre.[/b][/p][p][b]£50 could pay for the stipend of a project coordinator in the women’s leadership programme in Darjeeling.[/b][/p][p][b]£100 could pay for learning materials for 15 English Language pupils for a year in a Ugandan refugee centre.[/b] [/p][p]Thank you so much for your generosity. [/p][p][i]PS I am also doing this for my mum and dad. They would love to be doing this as well, but unfortunately, my Dad won't be running for some time after becoming seriously ill while away on holiday. They'll be very much in my thoughts as I very slowly make my way around London.[/i] [/p]
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