Saturday, 06 March 2021
Barodian helps rehabilitate war survivors in Sri Lanka

Barodian helps rehabilitate war survivors in Sri Lanka

Humanitarian acts know no boundaries, proved a 41-year-old woman from the city. Her love for helping those in need has got Jayshree Chaudhary to work for victims of war in Sri Lanka. Chaudhary, 41, has been working in Sri Lanka for the last two years towards the rehabilitating widows, orphaned girls and rape survivors.

Chaudhary who has been working for specially-abled children in the city since 2009 said that the plight of women in Sri Lanka motivated to pursue social work there.

"In 2013, I met a senior citizen at Anand Ashram in Kasargod district of Kerala who told me that he operated several homes for those affected by the turmoil in the Sri Lanka. Inspired by him I visited Sri Lanka and decided to work for those in need there," said Chaudhary

Since 2013, Chaudhary has been able to positively influence over 100 families. She has been focusing on those affected by the civil wars in the capital city of Jaffna and Batticaloa one of the major cities in the country.

"People traumatized by war give up hope. I have come across people who lost faith in god and humanity. Several children stopped talking and went into constant despair. I have been using spirituality, meditation and music therapy as tools to bring normalcy in their lives," added Chaudhary who has also done social work in United Kingdom and Ireland.

After graduating in bachelors of commerce from M S University in 1997, Chaudhary travelled extensively across Europe. After returning to India, in 2009 she founded the Astitva foundation for mentally challenged children.

"Mentally challenged are the most neglected and vulnerable people. We have several organizations working to educate these individuals, but there is very less work happening towards their integration in the society," said Chaudhary who is currently working for tea planters families in Hatton of Nuwara Eliya district in Sri Lanka.

"Her selfless work has inspired many in our circle to take up social work. She has balanced household responsibilities and her social work deftly. Her 10-year-old daughter too is very support of her work," said Jayshree's sister Varsha Patel.


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