In 1994 some 10 families had settled in Perth, and in 1995 this number had gone to 30 families. Dr. Paresh Mehta was instrumental in setting up regular satsangs at a community center ,and at the end of each meeting, the Jain women provide a delicious vegetarian dinner for the whole community. There were initial difficulties , but these were tackled by the mutual support and the community spirit. In fact ,many Jains living in Perth, today said their transition were very smooth, and they do not feel that it has been a struggle. The children were settled very well in the schools. Mr. Amu Shah predict that another 15 families will migrate there this year and Perth is destined to become an important Jain city. In addition, there are 20 overseas Jain students in Perth, and more coming each year, who are also in close touch with the local community.
The Jains from East Africa were able to migrate to a new continent and settle down very comfortably without losing much of their community spirit. Instead they enhanced this spirit once in Australia. History repeated itself as Amu and Neeta were the second generation East Africans who were born and raised in East Africa. They learned from the values of their parents and reinvigorated these values in a new environment . This suggest that their is a great hope for the future of Jainism - its ancient history can be transported in the future through our efforts. It is good to see Jains rise to the challenge.