Response to COVID- 19, Nazareth Niketan – Chatra
“There is only ONE RELIGION and that is the religion of HUMANITY.”
The world is at standstill due to Pandemic COVID-19. It has created great havoc all over the world and our country is not an exception. The pandemic has no vaccine or cure, yet the only solution is precaution; keeping social distancing. The government of India gave a clarion call of strict lockdown to curb the spread of this deadliest virus. We reached out to our people during the lockdown in four phases:
- First Phase – 24 March 2020 to 14 April 2020
- Second Phase- 15 April 2020 to 3 May 2020
- Third Phase – 4 May 2020 to 17 May 2020
- Forth Phase – 18 May 2020 to 31 May 2020
During the First Phase of lockdown, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, residing at Nazareth Niketan, Chatra, were impelled by the love of God and moved by the religion of Humanity decided to reach out to the poorest of the poor of the surrounding locality Babhne and Pakaria. It was an effort on the part of Sisters to share food grain so that no one should remain hungry during the Lockdown. On April 5, 2020, Sunday, Sisters distributed 5 Kg of rice, 2Kg of Potato, 1Kg Masoor dal, and 100 Mask to the person who came to take the Ration. to 210 families. Sisters were able to reach out to 210 families. Social Distancing was enforced and followed strictly.
Hit hard by the long-drawn lockdown and desperate with hunger thousands of our neighborhood families are unable to get a square meal a day. The male members of the families namely; fathers, sons, and husbands are out in the metro cities for earning their livelihood. The fragile and weak housewives and children are left behind at home to fend for themselves. Metro Cities have become the hot bed of COVID-19 which is spreading alarmingly and they have no choice but to flee from development to darkness of the village, some by cycles others on foot thousands of miles with the hope to be united with their families. Migrant workers are still stranded in the cities with no food, shelter, and basic necessities of life.
During such dire situation in the third phase of lockdown, on May 16, 2020, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Chatra once again took risk and visited a village called JALED, in Chatra District. There are around 300 families who belong to the most deprived caste and class of society; BHUYANS AND GANJUS.
Most of the men are out of the village to work in the cities, only women and children are found in the village. They do not have any source of income except forest products. At the beginning of the lockdown, they had received some food grains from the Government Public Distribution System but at present they have nothing.
It is in this situation the Sisters at Nazareth Niketan, Chatra proved to be angels of charity. At first, Villagers were given basic information about Covid-19 and preventive measures. They were advised to keep themselves, houses, and surroundings clean. Sisters also emphasized on keeping social distance especially with their family members who are returning from different cities and to follow the guidelines given by the local leaders’ i.e ward members at the village level and Civic Authorities at the Block and District levels.
The Sisters had contacted Mr. Francis Gadi, one of the Managing Committee Members of Nazareth Vidya Niketan Middle School, Chatra, resident of Larkuwa village to help with the distribution process. He along with Mr. Naresh Yadav, Ward Member of Jaled village provided us with names of most deserving 110 names of people.
With their help and support, we were able to share our love and concern by distributing 5Kgs of Rice, and 500 gms of Dal to 110 People. Our little kindness brought smiles on their faces and we experienced a great sense of bonding with our less privileged brothers and Sisters.
We hope and pray that this Pandemic Covid-19 may be eradicated from the face of the earth and once again peace, joy and happiness may prevail.
Sister Susan Tudu