Apr 14, 2021

Feeding Migrant Labours in this Pandemic

Don Bosco officials handing over the food kits
Don Bosco officials handing over the food kits

Kerala is home to around 38.5 lakh migrant workers who have found shelter and home in the state. A study conducted by a social organisation, Centre for Policy and Development Studies, has found that except for around 4.5 lakh migrant labourers, the rest stayed back in the state  mostly owing to the care and attention provided by their employers, several of them providing them home, shelter, food and even money for their medical and other expenses.

Don Bosco Veedu Society along with its existing projects is committed to help these Migrant Labourers who were struggling to get food and nutrition amidst this Covid-19 Pandemic. Migrant workers around the country are facing wage cuts, mounting debts and uncertainty over their families’ future, many of whom have not returned the villages due to the pandemic. Also since these migrants are neither beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act, nor do they possess State cards, they rely on shelters and NGOs for basic everyday needs.

Don Bosco Veedu Society has identified various labourers and their families scattered around the city of Thiruvananthapuram with the help of government and police officials and were able to distribute food kits worth 1000 INR for a select 45 of them. 

The contents of food kit include:

1. RICE - 5Kg

2.Rice flour - 2 Kg

3. Wheat Flour- 1Kg

3. Onion - 1 Kg

4. Potato - 0.5 Kg

3. Mustard - 100gm

4. Corriander powder - 250gm

5. Chilli powder - 250gm

6. Turmeric powder - 250gm

7. Multi grain powder - 1 pack

8. Dates - 1 pack

9. Cashew - 1 pack

10. Sun Flower oil - 1Kg.

On the ground, Don Bosco Coordinators and volunteers were present throughout the project and they ensured that social distancing and other norms were strictly followed. 

As we face the second wave of pandemic the country is at the verge of another lockdown and restrictions. People across the city is facing unemployment and poverty in a large basis. We welcome the GlobalGiving donors for the further support of poor families across the city.

Mar 27, 2021

Dream Home Come True

The house under construction
The house under construction

Since the flood from 2019, the people of Kerala has come up with various precautionary measures for resisting similar disasters. The victims have managed to rebuild their lives with the help of donors and other sources which work for the social causes.  Don Bosco Veedu Society has taken initiative in various flood relief programmes with the help of the donors from GlobalGiving.

About two months ago we have identified a victim of flood who has been left out during the relief works by the public. Mr. Unnikrishnan and family had been witnessing the adverse effects of flood since two years. They stay at the remote areas of Balaramapuram, a place in Trivandrum city. Since their house is being situated below sea level on ground they were not able to build a good basement for their house even after repeated precautionary measures from their side. This has lead their house to be flooded with water every monsoon. The family consists of two children whose education is also affected due to the situation.

Don Bosco Veedu Society’s timely intervention has put a ray of hope to the family on rebuilding their life after the flood. With the kind donation from GlobalGiving, we have consulted the authorities regarding the reconstruction of their house with basement pillars that make the house stand above the sea level.

The house is under construction. The basement works has been done with the help of Don Bosco Veedu Society staff members since the manpower and labour cost were high due to the pandemic situation in Kerala. The staff members spared certain days from their official duty for helping the family put up a strong basement for their new house.

It is now estimated to be 2 months for the house to be fully renovated and made eligible for them to stay there forever. We look forward for the continous support from the donors from GlobalGiving for leading the family to their safe dream home.

The space where they currently reside.
The space where they currently reside.
Don Bosco staff helping the labours
Don Bosco staff helping the labours
Don Bosco staff at work site
Don Bosco staff at work site
Jan 21, 2021

EDUCATION SUPPORT FOR THREE CHILDREN

Don Bosco representative handing over the phone
Don Bosco representative handing over the phone

Don Bosco veedu society has been supporting children in education since years. We recently identified three children who were finding it difficult for attending online classes as well as coaching classes for entrance examination due to lack of smart phones which are the major access for online education platform since the pandemic. The children were identified through one of our project titled IMPACT which aims in providing free entrance coaching for the children who aim for entrance examination for their higher studies and are not able to afford going for advanced entrance coaching classes.

These children are very brilliant in studies and has acquired excellent scores in their annual examinations. They were constantly missing out the sessions through online since they joined the coaching classes. We conducted a home visit for the children who were missing out sessions and interacted with them. The reason for them for not attending was they did not have any smart phones for them to attend the sessions conducted. They were using the smart phones of their father or mother or some neighbour for the classes and mostly they face the lack of availability during the scheduled time of sessions.

Don Bosco Veedu Society with the help of GlobalGiving donors as well as local sponsors was able to mobilise the fund for buying them three smart phones each so that they can attend every educative session without any delay. Each smart phones cost around 8000 INR.

 
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