Our work in India
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.
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.