October 2017 - Cover Story: Lampedusa Concerts for Refugees
As the world seems to be in a state of uncertainty, many are doing their best to help provide for those less fortunate. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, in partnership with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has created a star-studded concert to bring awareness to refugees needing assistance. Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees is raising money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS's Global Education Initiative. The tour name, Lampedusa, is named after the island off the coast of Sicily that provides a waypoint for refugees from North Africa as they search for safety. The funds raised from the concerts will help refugees to heal, learn, and thrive. The tour will be making a stop in Albuquerque at the KIMO Theater on October 13th, bringing a list of legendary artists including Joan Baez, Steve Earle, and Patty Griffin.
As stated on their website, The JRS Global Education Initiative is an effort to expand and strengthen our education programs. In 2015, Jesuit Refugee Service provided educational services to more than 141,000 people in 38 countries. Our goal is to nearly double the number of refugees JRS serves in educational programs by the year 2020. In the words of Pope Francis, “To give a child a seat at school is the finest gift you can give.”
Although it was a suggestion of his agent, Singer, and Songwriter, James McMurtry, who will also be performing on the 13th, knew the importance of the event and is happy to be taking part. “It sounded like a good cause. Refugee relief is something we need more of every day it seems like.”
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.ampconcerts.org/event/289516/lampedusa-concerts-for-refugees. You can also make a direct donation to The Global Education Initiative at https://www.jrsusa.org/donate.