India

Number of people served:  8,872 

Over the past few decades, the political situation in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka has changed drastically. With these changes, thousands of displaced people and refugees have fled to India in search of safety. In New Delhi, Chin refugees struggle with harsh urban conditions. Meanwhile, almost a decade after the end of Sri Lankan Civil War, refugees continue to live in camps in India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu. 

Our work in India

In New Delhi, JRS India supports urban refugees with vocational trainingEnglish courses, and computer classes. In Tamil Nadu, JRS India has been working with Sri Lankan refugees since the mid-1990s. At the Pedro Arrupe learning centers, children are provided education, academic tuition, and the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities. The centers’ teachers are given training in Ignatian pedagogy, peace building, and reconciliation. JRS India also provides women who have been forced to leave school with housing and vocational training, and refugee youth with leadership training and youth club development support. JRS India staff also visits refugee families in the camps to address their immediate needs. 

See Our Work

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

Contact

JRS South Asia Regional Director:

Fr Stan Fernandes S.J. 

southasia.director@jrs.net

Project locations: 

New Delhi, Tamil Nadu 

Visit The JRS South Asia Website