INM RESPONSE TO COVID-19


‘Stay at Home and be safe’ – is not a reality for the migrants and unorganized labourers. They have to work every day to have their livelihood. Many are from other States. Children cannot stay inside their houses. The Coronavirus outbreak has a major impact on two of the most vulnerable communities in Tamil Nadu, the migrant workers and the people for the unorganized sector like – construction and brick kiln. Due to the Lock down, they are neither able to return to their homes nor can they continue living in their workplace, because of the companies shut down. After the COVID-19 outbreak, companies in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts closed. The
workers started coming to Chennai Central to take a train and reach their home. Unfortunately, the trains also stopped leaving the migrant workers stranded on roads and railway stations.
    The package includes Rice, cereals, oil, jaggery, wheat flour, fruits, vegetables, and masala items, soap, face masks, dettol and coconut oil and sanitary pads, baby food, biscuits and snacks.
    The Team:
    Fr. Xavier Packia
    Fr. Alphonse Arulanandam
    Fr. Edwin Vasanthan
    Fr. Francis Bosco SDB

    DON BOSCO RELIEF SERVICE (DBRS), under SURABI, INM – CHENNAI PROVINCE, Project Office, is in Response to COVID -19 Lockdown in and around Chennai, Tamil Nadu, South India, directly under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Alphonse Arulanandam SDB, the Director, with the guidance of Rev. Fr. Xavier Packia SDB, the Provincial Economer, Fr. Edwin Vasanthan SDB, the Provincial Councillor and Rev. Fr. Francis Bosco SDB, the INM Migrant Desk Director. In Chennai alone
    about 3000 families have been isolated and monitored. As per the statistics of the Central Government – Chennai, Erode and Kanchipuram districts have been identified as high-risk zones and the district borders are closed. Migrant labourers from the Northern States of India working at the construction sites and the Irular families working at the Brick kilns in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur districts have become the worst victims of this complete Lockdown. These workers depend on their daily wages and unable to store food items for a week or two. In Tamil Nadu, a number of labourers who were trying to catch a homeward-bound train March 22, were lodged at various community centres in Chennai.

    DBRS provides daily relief materials for these unfortunate people. The food package includes Rice, cereals, oil, jaggery, wheat flour, fruits, vegetables, and masala items. Hygiene kit will include: Essential supplies such as soap, face masks, dettol and coconut oil and sanitary pads. Special package for children below two years include baby food, biscuits and snacks. Each food package should meet the requirements of the families for 10 days. Such a provision will continue till the end of the Lockdown period, 14th April 2020, as of now.




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