When the lockdown started our Health Assistant Students were in the midst of their final Exam. However we sent off the staff immediately and sisters Sudha and Deepa managed to conduct the rest of the exam. All 17 of the students were hostlers hence having an exam was not difficult. Many of them left for home except 12 students who are from Madhepura, Saharsa, Purnea, and Sahebganj. We can’t send them home without proper travel facilities. At present, the students are a big help to maintain the place and we are not alone in the campus.

Supplies

We distributed essential supplies to students who could not go home on 4th April. Supplies like Washing powder, Soaps, toothpaste, hair oil, Stay free, etc along with provision supplies.

Mask Making

We got three of our students from the hostel to make masks. They were distributed to the sisters, all students in the hostel and a few for outsiders. Luckily we had material from Tailoring course. About 60 masks were made and distributed.

A COVID-19 awareness program On 13th April awareness program was conducted in Deepanjali Community College for the Health Assistant students by Sr.Sudha in which a few tips were given to understand what Novel coronavirus is and its implications. The students were helped to understand how to protect themselves by taking various measures of precaution such as use of masks, sanitizers, hand washing, salt water gargling as well as the importance of keeping physical distance. All the sisters helped with the program.

Provision Supplies

Srs. Maggi and Deepa went to Tukutoli village and met few poor families who live only on daily earnings. They were given provision supplies, rice, dal, and chana

Hostel

We Provided Rice, Dal, oil, Salt, Soya bari, Chana, Vegetable, personal items, etc. for our students who could not go home. Few of them had not paid their mess fee for two three months. Without our help, they would not have managed. We did not allow the students to go out. All necessary items were brought by Sisters and some agents.

We thank our congregation for allowing us to spend money for the hostlers and a few people in our Tukutoli village at this time of great need.

Deepa Theckecheruvil for SCNs at Gumla

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