To confront with the Covid – 19 Second Wave with a Humanitarian Response, MMSSS moved in the direction of a Unique Approach by means of initiating to recognize the abandoned and unnoticed individuals like, Widows, Destitute, Spinsters, Deserted Women, Women & Men Headed Families, Washer man living in the operational areas of MMSSS. The Second wave has once again affected the poor individuals those depend either with their Sons or Daughters in a joint family and this may be an exceptional case. Moreover these individuals like to reside separately that makes them to have a relaxed living with privacy. Most of these people are the recipient of Old Age Pension from the Government and used to go for few odd jobs according to their capability.
Due to the prolonged lockdown they are not able to take out any odd jobs and have to depend only with the Old Age Pensions, who are not exceptional to overcome this calamity for additional source of revenue. Taking into consideration the livelihood condition of these people MMSSS Field Staff were asked to take note of such people and we were able to collect the information of the above mentioned categories in the Regions of Virudhunagar, Theni, Batlagundu and Kodaikanal, the four operational areas of MMSSS. Most of them are members either in the Diocesan Social Service Society SHGs or in the Groups of Kolping India.
Taking into consideration and the critical situation of these deserted Communities, we were able to collect the information of 600 beneficiaries and short listed around 484 beneficiaries. The information of each member were collected through the Field Staff and verified through their Family card. Fr. G. Gabriel the Secretary& Treasurer of MMSSS appropriately took a decision to support these beneficiaries by providing dry provisions worth of Rs. 1000/= that could sustain their groceries requirement for a week. The monetary assistance for this Humanitarian response was received from the generous well wishers of Würzburg Diocese, Bavaria Region, Germany.
Through the previous experience in hand the proposed relief materials were purchased in bulk quantity from the whole sale market which is comparatively cheaper than retail market and were neatly packed with the support of the MMSSS Staff as per the list given below. The date for the distribution was fixed and the relief packages were handed over to the intended recipient accordingly in the Four Regional Offices of MMSSS.
The feedback received from all the four Regional Coordinators explained that the benefitted member are very satisfied about the relief package and expressed their sentiment of gratitude and thanks for the timely intervention through MMSSS. To end with the Regional Coordinators on behalf of the beneficiaries conveyed their gratitude to Rev. Fr. G. Gabriel, the Secretary&Treasurer for his right concern of providing the relief packages.