Number of people served in 2020: 56,936
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 training, English 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.