JRS South Asia

Number of people served in 2020: 108,584

South Asia is facing one of its worst humanitarian crises causing people, mainly from Myanmar, to risk their lives in dangerous boat trips in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca. With a regional office based in New Delhi, India, JRS South Asia currently serves in India and Bangladesh.

In India, there are 61,842 Sri Lankan refugees living in 107 camps in Tamil Nadu. In 2017, over 8,700 refugees directly benefited from JRS’ services, such as formal and non-formal education; vocational training; community services; capacity building of camp leaders, women and youth development; and advocacy training and protection.

In Afghanistan, JRS served 8,468 war-affected youth in 2017, primarily in the field of education in Kabul, Herat, Bamiyan, and Daikundi. JRS is engaged in teaching at universities and the National Institute of Management and Administration; conducting the JRS-JWL online/onsite education program at the Herat Technical Institute in Bamiyan. JRS conducts English language training for schoolteachers and less-privileged youth, and supports the sustainable development of returnee communities.

In Bangladesh, JRS partners with Caritas Bangladesh to run six child-friendly spaces in the refugee camp Cox’s Bazar. It is located in Kutupalong, and it utilized by Rohingya refugees. The JRS Regional Office in Delhi coordinates these programs and has been engaged in entry-point activities in education and life-skills training for 172 Chin refugees in West Delhi.

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Farzana, originally from Afghanistan, is now attending university in Goa. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Rishna stands in front of her shop where she is able to make an income to support her family. (Antony Arulraj/Jesuit Refugee Service)
Girls students in a JRS school in Afghanistan attending a primary school class.


Regional Office:

New Delhi, India

+91 11 49534175

Regional Director:

Antonysamy Stephenraj, SJ

Visit The JRS South Asia Website