Jessy Joseph is a New Delhi-based freelance journalist who earlier worked with Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN), Asia's largest Church news agency, for nearly 25 years. She is now a correspondent for Matters India, a news portal that collaborates with GSR and focuses on religious and social issues.
At the six houses of Sanjoepuram Children's Village in Chandpur, India, 17 nuns from four congregations serve 64 girls and women with disabilities, in one of the few institutions that offer inclusive education.
Hundreds of Catholic nuns are on the front lines as the church reaches out to migrant laborers affected by India's lockdown, considered the world's largest and toughest attempt to contain the pandemic.
After a controversial citizenship law sparked rioting, Presentation Sr. Anastasia Gill was one of the first Christians to personally reach out to victims. As a member of the government's minority commission, Gill also coordinated relief and medical efforts.