India – Salesians continue to help population affected by new wave of Covid-19

10 May 2021

(ANS - New Delhi) - The pandemic in India has not slowed down and the number of infected people and victims continues to dramatically rise throughout the country. Hospitals are increasingly in trouble and the needs of the population are ever greater. Faced with this new wave, the Salesians have not stopped providing aid and making people feel their closeness to those who need it most.

In the city of New Delhi, the "BOSCO Delhi" organization is engaged in the distribution of dry food rations, which should benefit about 10,000 families by the end of May. At the same time, the organization has decided to allocate economic aid for 200 migrants, to whom 3,000 rupees each will go. This money can be used to support basic necessities, such as the payment of housing rent. Another initiative of "BOSCO Delhi" is to help the most vulnerable families, especially those headed by single or elderly women.

Solidarity with India comes from all over the world. In recent days, in fact, the "BOSCO Delhi" received 450,000 masks from the South Korean embassy to be distributed free of charge to the needy and a sum of 7,000 rupees to be donated to poor families to organize the funeral of relatives who died due to Covid-19. Finally, an online counseling program, with a team of experienced psychologists and counselors, reached 303 people, supporting them emotionally and psychologically.

Various programs have also been set up in the Calcutta Province to help those who face the pandemic and its consequences. Among these, the psychological assistance program for doctors and health workers, who find themselves operating in physically and psychologically extreme conditions, must certainly be mentioned - cases of suicide have even been reported among doctors overwhelmed by the enormity of the needs and the scarcity of responses that is possible to offer. Thus, 100 volunteers, able to speak 17 different languages, made themselves available to listen and help these professionals to resist for the good of the population.

In Hyderabad, instead, the Department for Women's Development and Child Welfare opened seven transit homes for children whose parents are currently in quarantine or hospitalized due to Covid-19 on Friday. These houses, which also include “Don Bosco Navajeevan”, will provide free accommodation, food, recreational activities and psycho-social support to the children. They will all be equipped with a caretaker, a consultant doctor, an educator and a cook and each house will be able to accommodate at least 20 children, up to 14 years of age.

Meanwhile, on 7 May, the Archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, called for a day of fasting and prayer for the end of the pandemic. Fr Thathireddy Vijaya Bhaskar, Provincial of the India-Hyderabad Province, then invited the men and women religious of India to join in prayer "for healing and liberation from the virus".



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