During COVID 19 crisis and lockdown extensions, it has become difficult for many villagers to earn and run their daily needs. Seeing the tough scenarios in their adopted villages, UBA institutions across the nation are coming forward as helping hands to many and setting examples for how the determination to serve humanity is stronger than the crisis. St. Mary’s College (Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu) is one such college which has set an example for helping people through various means.
1.DISTRIBUTION OF SANITIZERS, MASKS AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS
Under the UBA Scheme, the college distributed essential items to the people of adopted village Periyanayagapuram, Korampallam Panchayat on 18th April 2020. Sanitizers, Mask, Rice and Grocery items were distributed to selected 25 downtrodden families in the village.2. DISTRIBUTION OF BISCUITS TO LITTLE ONES
Under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Scheme, St. Mary’s College (Autonomous), Thoothukudi, extended its heart to the children in North Korampallam Panchayat and South Kalangarai on 28th April 2020 along with Servite Sisters and distributed biscuit packets to the little ones in the adopted village. The eatables were sponsored by Britannia & ITC Company. The importance of consuming healthy and hygiene food was taught to the children. “How to wash hands and how Corona is spreading” was also explained to prevent them from catching COVID 19.
3. MONETARY HELP FOR POOR WOMEN
The college also extended helping hands to selected needy poor women in its adopted villages on 30th April 2020. Due to quarantine, poor women in the villages were unable to lead their family life smoothly. The beneficiaries were identified from each adopted village with the help of information collected from parish priests Rev. Fr. Edward, Tharuvaikulam, Rev. Fr. Sahaya Rayan, Pazhayakayal, Rev. Fr. Albin Leo Maravanmadam and Korampallam respectively and then Rs. 1000 per head was credited to the beneficiaries bank account directly. Rs.75000/- was endorsed to 75 poor women in Tharuvaikulam, Pazhayakayal, Maravanmadam, and Korampallam villages.
Importance of “Staying at Home and Washing Hands” was explained to the people to protect themselves from the Corona Virus. Significance of wearing mask and usage of sanitizers were demonstrated. Social Distancing was strictly followed while helping people. Mrs Anitha, Microbiologist along with We Can Trust and Morning Star Trust, Thoothukudi supported these initiatives to reach the unreached.
The welfare measures during COVID – 19 smoothly reached the unreached with the support of village people, Panchayat union head and social worker Ms Thanga Valli along with the Servite Sisters representatives Rev. Sr. Maria Shanthi, Servite Convent Superior, Rev. Sr. Joyce Baby, MN Province Counsellor and Self Supporting Course Director, MN Province Counsellor and St. Mary’s College, Thoothukudi Self Supporting Course Director, Dr.Sr. Kulandai Therese, UBA Coordinator and motivation by Dr Sr. A.S. J. Lucia Rose (Principal) to serve for the society.