Coronavirus Pandemic IIMC (Kolkata) 2020
The World Health Organisation declared the Coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on 11th March. India was in lockdown from the end of March. IIMC's mission - schools, health centres and mothers' microcredit units were locked down.
Since the start of the lockdown Dr Sujit Brahmochary, the IIMC team and volunteers have been hard at work. They have been shopping, buying things wholesale, packaging food and essential commodities for distribution.
The COVID-19 Respond Team have been everywhere - in the rural villages, medical centres and hospitals - distributing the 'Food and Essentials' packages.
Hundreds of packs have been given to families of daily wage earners and floating labourers who have not been able to work. "The very poor, destitute and daily labourers have no work and have no food." Dr Sujit Brahmochary.
Rural village mothers
"700 rural villages - mothers from these villages are members of IIMC - some in our Woman Peace Council, some run little businesses with our microcredit loan which are now no longer active because of the 100% lockdown. Most of them have been living on their daily earnings from 'hand to mouth'. They are the ones who are suffering the most and are unable to even have 2 meals a day."
5 weeks of 100% lockdown has taken its toll.
"Churches, mosques and temples are closed. Universities, colleges and schools are off. The world has shut down her doors. People are suffering, struggling and starving. Every day we, in our IIMC Mission, are serving food and distributing essential commodities among poor and destitute families who were living on daily work but now can't work and have no money."
Our sponsors and trustees have donated generously to help IIMC get through this difficult time.
"Thank you, everyone, for your donation and contribution during this catastrophic crisis period,"
Dr Sujit Brahmochary.
Read more on what Dr Sujit and his COVID-19 respond team have been doing on IIMC (India)'s Facebook page.
IIMC responds to COVID-19
- Reported by IIMC Youth Council News Bureau
Dr. Brahmochary with his IIMC Team, local leaders, MLA, Police Authority organised food and essential commodities distribution to the families of daily workers, floating labourers and the very poor.
Food packages and essential materials were distributed to 150 families.
'Food and Essential Commodities' packs.
The packs have 9 items - Rice, Dhal, Soya Chunk, Potatoes, Onion, Muri, Sugar, Biscuits, Dettol Soap.
IIMC's COVID-19 Response Team distributed food to four hospitals in Kolkata, some HIV patients & also to some of the poorest families in Narendrapur PS area.