JRS South Asia accompanies, serves and advocates for the cause of forcibly displaced people in four countries – Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. In each country we work in many communities serving where the need is greatest.
JRS South Asia accompanies, serves and advocates the cause of forcibly displaced persons in four countries – Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. In each country JRS serves in communities where the need is greatest.
In India, JRS serves Chin refugees from Burma who live on the outskirts of Delhi. While UNHCR's implementing partner also provides livelihoods and English training, JRS reaches communities that are unable to travel safely to these courses. In the South of India, JRS serves Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in 112 camps, who fled from their country during years of war and unrest.
In Nepal, JRS works with Caritas Nepal to provide education in the remaining refugee camps. As the mass international resettlement effort continues, more than 76,000 Bhutanese refugees have successfully started a new life abroad, and the camps and schools are getting smaller. JRS is working to provide for these schools and make the most of the education system during this process and will continue serving these refugees until the resettlement process is complete.
In Sri Lanka, JRS has been working, during and after the 2004 tsunami and civil war that ended in 2009, both which devastated the country, to provide pre-school education and scholarships for higher education for those still displaced or resettled in war affected areas. There is also scope now to broaden the education possibilities for these communities and JRS hopes to expand its education efforts in the future.
JRS has been operative in Sri Lanka since 1983. JRS Sri Lanka began to get involved with the forcibly displaced people more fully and more definitively since 1995. When the tsunami struck Sri Lanka on 26 December 2004, JRS got involved in assisting the victims. When the war broke out in 2006 in the east and in 2007 in the north, JRS continued to serve the victims. In the post-war scenario JRS continues to serve the people in "welfare centres” and resettlement areas. Children receive accredited education at preschools (PSCs) and at complementary education centres at government schools. Special coaching programmes are conducted in preparation for the grade five scholarship and GCE examinations. Scholarships are provided to vulnerable higher secondary students. By providing appropriate accredited residential and non-residential multi-skills training JRS enables those who left school early, vulnerable students and youth, and women heading their families in resettlement areas to find gainful employment and to contribute in their localities through increasing their skills. Healing services are conducted to heal the wounds of war and support is extended towards community recovery.
In Afghanistan, JRS works mainly in the area of education for the war-affected youth, especially those returning after seeking refuge in Iran or Pakistan. With funding from the United States government, JRS provides teachers for the English Access Program, teaching young people English in Herat and Kabul, giving them the opportunity for higher education abroad. JRS provides teacher trainings, university faculty, and informal education in cities and rural villages, filling education gaps other NGOs and government agencies do not.