Feed poor families during the COVID lockdown

by Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society
Feed poor families during the COVID lockdown
Feed poor families during the COVID lockdown
Feed poor families during the COVID lockdown
Feed poor families during the COVID lockdown
Food kit dstribution at the tribal area.
Food kit dstribution at the tribal area.

Kaarikuzhy tribal setting is a remote area which is around 60km away from the populated city of Trivandrum district, Kerala where the people depend on daily wage activites for their living. Most of the people earn their income through farming in forest areas where they dwell and will sell their crops to the markets nearby. Since the market area is also rural based they don’t have much earnings as the value of crops are comparatively low there.

These people live inside the forest areas where they are vulnerable for the destruction of their cultivation due to unexpected attacks from wild animals. The pandemic period has overturned their lives to dilemma as they were facing wide spread farm loss due to animal attack and heavy rainfall along with the pandemic restriction protocols. The markets were closed till further notice and the government has restricted people from gathering in public. Thus their source of income was stopped and they found their lives in peril of survival.

Don Bosco Veedu Society with the help of the donors in GlobalGiving platform managed to supply food and nutrition kits for these people who were struggling for survival. 

The nutrition kits included:

Sugar - 1 Kg

Mustard - 1 pack

Atta flour - 1 pack

Wheat flour - 2Kg

Kadala Parippu - 1Kg

Salt - 1 pack

Turmeric powder - 1 pack

Oil - 2 Kg

Biscuit - 2 packs

Jeera - 1 pack

Pulses - 1 Kg

 

Around 180 kits were distributed to the families across the four targeted areas.

The people who received the kits were extremelyhappy that they had a trustworthy source to rely upon even at the midst of their miseries. Most of the people at these tribal settings were not able to avail dry rations from public distribution system as they don’t have any proper address or shelter. For them the nutrition kits were a great help for them to survive the pandemic period

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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.

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COVID 19 is widely spread across the world and the people everywhere has been trying to adapt to the current scenario without loosing hope for a better tomorrow. Many sectors has been drastically affected by the pandemic situation as they have reduced the manpower at most of the working sectors. We recently identified 50 families who were completely depending on weaving and hand loom. These people  widely lost demand for their manufactured goods during the situation thus resulting in a reduce of manpower in the sector. Thus they became unemployed and were forced to look for other income generating activities.

Don Bosco Veedu Society has identified certain families who were not able to find other income generating sources and were struggling to get food and nutrition for the family.  Through the donors of GlobalGiving and local donors we were able to distribute food kits worth 500 INR for each family.

The contents of the food kits are as follows:

 

Rice - 5Kg

Dal - 250g

Chilly powder - 1 pack

Corriander powder - 1 pack

Sunflower oil - 1 Litre

Biscuit - 2 packs

Aval - 1 pack

Sugar - 1kg

Tea powder - 1Kg

Salt - 1 pack

Mustard - 1 pack

Bread - 2 pack

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The covid 19 lockdown has put a number of people under serious crisis. A number of families are finding it difficult to manage their daily expense aswellas nutrition for their family and themselves. As the lockdown has put a halt on every daily wage activities, there are a number of people who got trapped in Trivandrum city as there is no transport facility to their home town. The absence of job has lead them to a poor situation in which they doesn’t even have a proper shelter thereby turning them into destitutes across Trivandrum city. The first phase of lockdown has been put into relax by the month of June but when the cases increased in name of community spread, the government has announced a strict tripple lockdown by the month of July 2020 which again put the daily wagers under crisis.

Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society has identified a number of destitutes across he city during this lockdown period and has framed an event  named  “Vishappinu vida” ( Malayalam word which means – Say good bye to hunger) which has lasted for 2 weeks in July. The aim of this event was to provide meals to the destitutes who has been left out across the city. We have been ordering 100 food packets worth Rs. 40 for distributing to these people daily.

We are happy to announce that this act has turned to be an inspiration for many youth groups since they also showed interest in donating to this event and volunteer in our programme during Covid 19 lockdown.

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Food packet distribution
Food packet distribution

 

Coronavirus: Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society distributed 38 food packets to vulnerable families

We, Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu society would like to appreciate all our Donors for your generous contribution towards supplying food packets to vulnerable families affected by covid 19.

The onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in Kerala at the beginning of March, both sources of income have dried up. The charity found 38 underprivileged families from Trivandrum and distributed the food packets here on 15th April 2020.

Details of beneficiaries

Situation of the family                               No.of  families supported          

Families with cancer patients                       08

Single mothers                                             04

Daily wage labourers                                    14

Riskshaw drivers                                          05

Psychiatric patients                                       02

Unwed mothers                                             01

Destitute women                                           04

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Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society

Location: Trivandrum, Kerala - India
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Fr. Saji SDB
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Trivandrum, Kerala India
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