Mangaluru, Sep 27: Dr Sr Jessy Maria BS, belonging to the congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany, Mangaluru, is among the 10 laureates selected for 2021 prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life by Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) of Geneva, Switzerland.
During the past 15 years, Sr Jessy has made a significant contribution for protection of environment through afforestation, with ‘HO’ tribe at Maluka in West Singhbum district of Jharkhand, for the cause of literacy of the slum children at Faridabad, Haryana advocating watershed management at Badibahal, Sambalpur district, antihuman trafficking at Damruhat in Jharkhand, in resonance with the charism of the Founder of Bethany, Servant of God, RFC Mascarenhas, empowering marginalised women and promoting the local resources.
Sr Jessy hails from Shirva, in the diocese of Udupi, Karnataka, a trained medical psychiatric social worker. She has obtained MSW in School of Social Work from Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru, MPhil in Psychology from Christ University, Bengaluru and doctorate in Social Work from Mangalore University in the year 2017. She is presently the assistant provincial superior and coordinator socio-medical apostolate of Eastern province with its headquarters at Ranchi, Jharkhand.