India

Number of people served: 8,872

Thousands of refugees from Myanmar and Sri Lanka have sought safety in India over the past couple of decades. In New Delhi, Chin refugees struggle to survive in harsh conditions. Meanwhile, almost a decade after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, refugees continue to live in camps in India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu.

Our work in India

In New Delhi, JRS supports urban refugees with vocational training, English courses, and computer classes. In Tamil Nadu, JRS  has been working with Sri Lankan refugees since the mid-1990s. In the camos, JRS has set up  Pedro Arrupe learning centres to provide children with formal education, academic tuition, and extracurricular activities. The centres’ teachers are trained in Ignatian pedagogy, peace-building, and reconciliation. JRS also provides women who have been forced to leave school with housing and vocational training. Young refugees are provided with leadership training and development support through youth clubs and organised activities. JRS also visits refugee families in the camps to address their immediate needs.

See our work

JRS staff attending an English training in Tamil Nadu.
JRS staff attending an English training in Tamil Nadu. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
19 women graduated from JRS's first tailoring course receive a sewing maching and cloth to start their own livelhidood.
19 women graduated from JRS's first tailoring course receive a sewing maching and cloth to start their own livelihood. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Chin refugee women from the JRS training center celebrate International Women's Day.
Chin refugee women from the JRS training center celebrate International Women's Day. (Jesuit Refugee Service)

Contact

JRS South Asia Regional Director

Fr Stan Fernades SJ

southasia.director@jrs.net

Project locations:

New Delhi, Tamil Nadu

 

 

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