The Creators of Hope project of the Reconciliation with Creation network of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) is looking for 10 young people across the Asia Pacific region who are responding in different ways to the urgent ecological crisis of our time.
“Creators of Hope is a project conceived by the Reconciliation with Creation core team for the commemoration of the Ignatian Year. The project aims to highlight individuals or teams of youth across Asia Pacific who are actualising their love for creation and service for the poor. They are sources of inspiration and hope to other young people in the conference,” says Fr Gabby Lamug-Nañawa SJ, JCAP Coordinator for Reconciliation with Creation.
The project launches in April and the announcement of the 10 Creators of Hope is on 29 July 2022. The selected Creators of Hope are awarded US$ 2,000 each to contribute to sustaining their ecological efforts and their stories will also be highlighted and shared in JCAP’s networks in 2022 and 2023.
The search for the Creators of Hope is open to young people aged 18 to 25 years old (by 31 July 2022), currently living in the Asia Pacific region, regardless of gender, race, religion, cultural identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
“People react [to the ecological crisis] in different ways: some people get depressed, get anxious, get angry. People also become activists in different ways, especially the young. But we want to highlight hope,” Fr Gabby shares.
“Hope happens through action. When somebody addresses these issues with concrete action, hope is generated in themselves and in others. That’s what we want to do. We want to highlight young people who are already doing something, to give hope to others.”