The youth of CSI continue to engage with the Rohingya refugee settlement in the outskirts of Chennai. Mr. Manish from CSI Madras Diocese and Mr. Ashish from CSI South Kerala Diocese are spending 25 days this summer engaging themselves with the Rohingya refugee settlement. This initiative from the Church of South India Synod Youth Department in association with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is to motivate the youth of CSI to go beyond the borders of church, to look at society and the issues of people beyond faith and identity and to commit themselves to the cause of the marginalized and the needy in the society.
the youth volunteers engage in teaching the children and building their self esteem with various extracurricular activities like singing, dancing, coloring and games. Their time with the children also enables these little ones to look at life and its inspirations through the commitment and embracing attitude of these youth volunteers
They also spend a lot of time in talking to the elders and other members of the settlement. Enabling them to listen to their stories of pain and rejection. This experiential learning is believed to equip these youngsters in making them more committed to the call of Christ who is always in solidarity with the weak and the marginalized.