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JRS programmes, found in 50 countries worldwide, provide assistance to nearly 950,000 individuals. This service provision is overseen by 10 regional offices with support from the International Office in Rome. For the contact details of each regional office, click on the map and see the details below.

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 Education and livelihood activities for Chin refugees, Delhi
Following a needs assessment, JRS found many Chin refugees in New Delhi were living in desperate circumstances. Most are subjected to discrimination, unable to speak local languages, access healthcare and education services, find employment or food. Established in 2011, this latest JRS India project assists a small group of extremely vulnerable Chin refugees gain access to education, livelihood activities and other services in New Delhi.

Predominantly Christian Baptists, ethnic Chin from Burma are frequently subjected to serious human rights violations at home – including torture, land expropriation and rape. Consequently, an estimated 110,000 Chin have fled to the Indian border state of Mizoram, while another 10,000 have sought asylum in New Delhi.

Considered undocumented migrants, Chin refugees are unable to gain access the formal labour market, and most find employment in factories or as domestic workers. Others are forced to rummage for discarded food after local markets close, a dangerous practice for women who risk facing gender-based violence or sexual harassment going to and from the market.

Present in the country without legal documentation and subject to high levels of discrimination, many Chin refugees are afraid or unable to travel far from their homes to gain access to services; JRS support is targeted towards these refugees. A further study found that parents mostly desired education for themselves and their children.

Through its accompaniment and home visits, JRS ensures the educational and other urgent needs of Chin families are met. In addition to providing materials and training support to Chin groups running informal learning centres, JRS staff provide English language courses and vocational training, sponsor emergency medical assistance, and undertake advocacy in defence of their human rights.

Languages classes have been provided to 45 refugees, while other 20 Chin women have received English lessons and six-month vocational training courses in beauty care and tailoring. JRS also sponsored four refugees in need of vital medical treatment, of whom one has now made a full recovery.




South Asia
Stan Fernandes SJ

southasia.director@jrs.net
+91 11 4310 4661; +91 11 4953 4106
http://jrssa.org

JRS South Asia is one of 10 geographic regions of the Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organization sponsored by the Society of Jesus. The regional office in South Asia serves Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, Srilankan refugees in the Indian State of Tamilnadu and internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.  Services include: education, skill training, economic programmes, healthcare, psychological support, disability centres, community development and emergency assistance. There more than 8,00,000 refugees presently in these four countries.

India: livelihood training programmes promote self-sufficiency among Chin refugees

New Delhi, 2 January 2013 – Twenty women graduated from the first JRS-sponsored Chin women's tailoring course receiving not only new sewing machines for Christmas, but the know-how to make use of them in the new year.
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India: livelihood training programmes promote self-sufficiency among Chin refugees

New Delhi, 2 January 2013 – Twenty women graduated from the first JRS-sponsored Chin women's tailoring course receiving not only new sewing machines for Christmas, but the know-how to make use of them in the new year.
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