The response of the Salesians to the pandemic in India

Foto: BREADS Bangalore

In India, the emergency due to a surge in Covid-19 cases shows no sign of subsiding and for the fifth consecutive day in the country there are over 300 thousand new infections in 24 hours. To date, April 27, the cases so far ascertained in India are 17,636,186, with 197,894 deaths (source Johns Hopkins University - JHU).

In recent days, the Planning and Development Office of the India-Bangalore Province (Bangalore Rural Education and Development Society - BREADS), published a report with the support activities carried out from the beginning of the pandemic to today, in the states of Kerala and Karnataka.

40 Salesian houses involved in the fight against Covid;
249,760 recipients of grants and/or educational materials;
13,930 masks produced by Salesian centers;
2,800 people who received personal hygiene kits;
23,513 food kits distributed;
490,978 packs of ready-to-eat foods distributed;
213,512 beneficiaries of food kits and cooked foods.

At the same time, from the Tiruchy Province they announce that:

46,720 people benefited from food kits;
32,350 hygiene products were donated to the most needy;
1,826 migrants living on the street were given ready-to-eat food packs;
340 students received educational support;
788 people were helped with money and other means of support.

Furthermore, in Chennai, under the aegis of "SURABI", the projects office of the Salesian Province of Madras (INM), the following was distributed:

4,200 school kits;
6,955 masks;
29,242 personal hygiene kits;
8,927 rations of cooked food;
18,057 specific products for children and babies.



ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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