Keekli Reporter, 8th August, 2018, Shimla
“Be the change you want to see in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi
The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation or simply JPIC is a movement created with this very vision in mind. The JPIC is an NGO working for a noble cause and is an integral part of the Loreto education system. The JPIC allows students to be active citizens for change.
The term JPIC was adopted by the Catholic Church in the ’90s. At present the work of the JPIC focuses on women’s development, indigenous issues, human trafficking, our natural environment, refugees and asylum seekers. The JPIC teams all over the world have worked towards raising awareness about social issues, environment protection, child labour, animal right, gender equality, poverty and charity. Every Loreto school has JPIC team which works towards these goals and sometimes joining hands with other NGOs. On 27th June, 2014, the JPIC celebrated 10 years with the United Nations, where it has played a vital role.
The JPIC has thus been working tirelessly to make the world a better place. Over the course of the past four years, the JPIC team of Loreto Shimla has undertaken various projects in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of 2020. The JPIC wing has joined hands with Almighty Blessings, an NGO working for a noble cause, and donates about 5000 chapatis to their Roti Bank every Monday and Thursday. The JPIC has also visited and donated clothes to hospitals, schools for special children such as Udaan, and has taken the responsibility of the education of underprivileged or “Rainbow Children”.
The students of loreto Shimla also initiated a silent procession in protest of violence against women. The JPIC has seen to the installation of solar panels and a compost pit within the school premises in accordance with adopting cleaner and sustainable fuels. The organization has also planted over 13,000 trees and in order to reduce carbon footprint has pledged to make the school plastic and thermocol free, as well as free of aluminium foil by switching to cloth napkin. The JPIC regularly holds various poster-making and art competitions with environment related topics in order to enhance both creativity and awareness in students.
“In the end, the greatest threat to our planet, is the belief that someone else will save it”. The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation thus takes a holistic approach towards development and social justice with only one aim, to make the world a better place.