On 23 April 2020 India entered day 9 of lockdown 2.0. In order to ease the suffering of those hit the hardest by Covid-19, Believers Eastern Church dioceses and parishes in India are relentlessly working day after day.
An account of the relief activities carried out by the church on 23 April 2020.
Food is the most basic thing needed for survival, which is why a local parish in Diocese of Hyderabad took initiative to prepare, cook and serve meals among the poor. In addition to this, distributions of groceries and vegetable kits were held various other locations in this diocese.
A total of 400 families were helped by the distributions on this day.
Similarly, cooked meals were distributed among the poor at three different locations in Diocese of Ranchi. A total of 300 people, including many children received freshly cooked meals. In one of these locations, food is being provided daily to 100 people.
In Diocese of Changlang, rice and pulses were distributed to the poor and needy through Hope for Children. In order to ensure that the social distancing norms are followed, circles at one-metre gaps were drawn on the floor and ration packets were kept on the table for the beneficiaries to take the items themselves. The villagers also were sensitized about the dos and don’ts of coronavirus protection.
Two priests from Mission Diocese of Satgaon helped needy families with essentials. Each family received 5 kg rice and 1 kg salt.
In Diocese of Anand, grocery items were distributed to 40 poor families.
In Diocese of Lucknow, local parish youths, Hope for Children and priests took initiatives to distribute grocery items among most needy people.
Diocese of Amritsar helped few widows with grocery items.
The distributions were done with the approval from local police and government officials and safety protocols advised by government were followed during the distributions.
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