COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown have changed the lifestyle of people. Unavailability of essential goods and the lack of labor work has created havoc in the lives of poor people who have no other source of income.

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Though the government has been providing ration for such people it has no sustainability as far as lower-class and middle-class families are concerned. Their savings have drained out over the months. Many NGOs and INGOs have tried to help out but due to the government’s one door policy of material distribution, all the relief materials and funds have to go through municipalities.

Birendranagar Municipality allowed Navjyoti to distribute relief materials due to the type of work and the beneficiaries under the care of Navjyoti Center. Materials such as rice, pulse, oil, salt, and nutrella were provided to 66 families through two ward offices. Navjyoti distributed provisions to 195 families besides 20 mentally ill patients from the Surkhet office. Packing was done by Sisters and some of the youth club members.

Sister Latika has been reaching out to sick people through regular clinics where many chronic cases of asthma, hypertension, and skin diseases were given free medication. She also distributed medicines to 85 flood-affected people living in Girighat shelter. It was done at the request of the Barahtal Rural Municipality.

Utmost precautions were undertaken while carrying out relief work. The lockdown period has kept the Sisters very busy. One crucial thing about this period was the display of generosity and thoughtfulness of child club members who decided to share their materials with their neighbors who were without food. Children had gone from house to house to check the condition of people and made a name list. The Coronavirus has taught them to be better human beings.

Sister Rosita Kavilpurayidathil