Karnataka Jesuits’ Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The Covid-19 Scenario in Karnataka
The Covid19 pandemic and the lockdown has been playing havoc in the lives of the poor in Karnataka. Bangalore is one of the major destinations for migrant workers from North India, making it a major hub of the homeless and desperate migrants affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
The Jesuits of Karnataka has been reaching out to the poorest of the poor, the migrants, and families of the leprosy patients, destitutes, slum dwellers, orphans, elderly people and widows.
The Jesuits have been working in collaboration with various other NGOs and the government in providing relief and support to the most vulnerable sections especially the migrants.
Key Activity &Updates
- 38,500 grocery kits have been distributed to 348 migrants laborers
- 2,650 dry ration kits are distributed to 1000 women
- 348 food packets were distributed for 15 days
- 1000 women were provided with 25 kg rice bag.
- Community kitchen has been established to feed 75 migrant workers.
- Government ration is distributed to the aided schools.
- Milk is distributed to the needy people.
- St. Joseph’s Indian Institution has been opened as Shelter home for the migrants & homeless. Food is also provided.
MASKSThe sewing trade of St. Aloysius ITI has been making handmade masks on the request of Mangalore District Administration.
MEDICAL AIDIn Manvi Mission, basic treatment, referral services, free medicines to the poor and needy are being provided
- Online counseling centres have been opened in Bangalore & Mangalore.
- Counselling services provided for those who are distressed by COVD-19 through our Listening Centre called ‘Manothejaka’ with a Toll Free Number.
HUMAN RESOURCE ENGAGED
- 325 Volunteers, showed up as human resource to show their involvement & engagement for the poor.
VEHICLES DEDICATED FOR RELIEF WORKFour vehicles in Mangalore and an ambulance in Manvi, Raichur Dt. have been dedicated for the relief work.
- Rs. 42 lakhs has been set aside from various institutions for further relief work
- We are also depending on the local contribution from the alumni, students, staff and well-wishers.