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Story: Father Jerish Disha project, Ajmer

Author: Father Jerish

I left my home state of Kerala when I was 15 to become a Catholic priest, but I always wanted to take an active role, to channel the sacrifices that being a priest demands into positive actions. I learned English and Hindi on top of my native Malayalam, I studied a philosophy degree, a theology degree and I have MAs in English literature and social work and I've been a priest for 10 years now. I am passionate about helping people learn the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives.

I am the director of Disha, a charity which helps everyone, not just Christians. We currently have 8 projects on the go, all of them helping vulnerable people, especially women and children, in our community. We want to educate. We want to give people the chance to make a better life for themselves by teaching practical skills. We are tackling illiteracy in communities by sending volunteers out to work with children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. 

Volunteers come to work with us from all over the world and the work they do is invaluable. Please visit our website to find out more about the work we do in our community and about how you can get involved.

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