It never ceases to amaze, how a tiny community works like yeast in the dough to give rise to nutritious and flavoursome bread!
The Salesians of Don Bosco and their collaborators have managed to reach out with relief to thousands of people in Southern India and elsewhere during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The tribal communities in the Shevroy hills in the Yercaud region of Tamil Nadu have adequate oxygen supply, and a 100 bed Covid-care centre with active collaboration Don Bosco Jugendhilfe Weltweit, The Retreat – Don Bosco and Dr Suresh, Managing Director of SKS Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
The Covid-care centre is a well-equipped care centre for the locals who otherwise would have to travel 40 to 80 kilometres of mountainous road to reach Salem town where government care centres are located.
The care centre had 70 Covid positive persons, and now, as the second wave subsides, there are 28 persons, according to the Bosco Information service.
In what appears to be a feat of skilled networking, Bosco Seva Kendra (BSK), the planning and development office of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad, has reached out to over 720,000 people since March 26,2020.
BSK coordinates efforts through its 32 Don Bosco institutions and 121 Civil Society Organizations, spread across the Telugu states, with the generous support of benefactors, donor agencies and corporate partners.
Focusing on the uplift of vulnerable children, economically backward women, unemployed and unskilled youth, BSK, reaches out to people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha.
As part of the pandemic second wave, BSK continues to serve with the support of organizations like Zomato India, Nestle India, Accenture, and Bosco Net – New Delhi. The programme supported persons, tested covid-19 positive and in isolation, with cooked food.
Similarly, cooperating with civil society organizations at BSK has served food to over 5000 migrants who have lost their job since May 6, 2021.
Dry ration supplies have also been handed out to groups of migrant workers at various locations in Hyderabad Telangana and South Odisha.
It has scheduled to distribute 6000 food kits and 5000 medical kits to the rural daily wage workers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and South Odisha in the coming months.