Jeeva Jothy was established in 1992 primarily for the rehabilitation of female former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) child soldiers. With the vision to work towards ‘Happy Children’ irrespective of their ethnic identity, Jeeva Jothy has continued taking in former female LTTE soldiers and orphaned children from war into their children’s home in Batticaloa.
Jeeva Jothy has taken a multidisciplinary approach towards the rehabilitation of former child soldiers, giving them the opportunity to live with other war affected children, providing education, counselling and vocational training. Taking on a "Community Based Rehabilitation" approach, Jeeva Jothy encourages its beneficiaries to integrate into the normal life of the community around them. This holistic approach is seen to be sustainable and productive in the long term.
Jeeva Jothy works at the national level, offering human rights programs, psychosocial counselling and empowering women and widows. The members from its children’s home for child soldiers form an important part in these programmes.