Mission accomplished! St Aloysius Covid Care Center distributed over 3,000 food kits to the needy
Mangalou: On May 12, 2021, Mangalore Jesuits Educational Society (MJES) in association with St Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA) launched the ‘St Aloysius Covid Care Center’, by distributing food kits, psychological support, medicines, establishments of health and essential items for the families of the poor, migrant workers, low-wage workers and other poor families here to deal with the ongoing containment / pandemic. “The collaborative venture of MJES and SACAA in establishing the ‘St Aloysius Covid Care Center’ reached unreached people at the right time to support more than 3,000 deserving families in Mangaluru and surrounding areas. MJES and SACAA are grateful to all who lent their hand in such a noble endeavor to care for those infected and affected by the pandemic during the second wave, ”said Father Praveen Martis SJ, Director of St. Aloysius, Mangaluru.
It was indeed a kind gesture from the management team of St Aloysius institutions, students, parents, teachers and alumni to alleviate distressed and suffering humanity through counseling, distributing food kits, medical kits and raising awareness about COVID-19. It was once again time for the elders of the St Aloysius institutions to give back to those in need a part of their fortune. The St Aloysius Institution aims for their men and women (Aloysians) to be of service to others, and the efforts of the former students of the St Aloysius Institution to help society through their small contribution are commendable, during this pandemic. And that is exactly what the Center has done its best to help the less fortunate and the needy with love.
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted not only our limitation as human beings in the face of a pandemic but also the sad fate of migrants, day workers, the elderly and the mentally ill in the context of confinement total in the country. The vision of education in St Aloysius institutions is to create men and women for and with others. “The world is our home” here we are all connected as human beings with God, with each other and with nature and now is the time to restore good relationships. Second, “to be friends of God is to be friends with the poor”. The Mangalore Jesuit Educational Society has taken this initiative to reach out to poor migrant families and day laborers by providing them with Covid-19 provision kits and essential items every week. And it was a successful project where more than 3,000 food kits, including Covid kits, were distributed. Well done and good work from the organizers and volunteers!
During the farewell program of this project which was held recently, Father Melwin Pinto SJ-Rector of St Aloysius Institutions said: “The waves of Covid 19 have turned our lives upside down. The media provided us with information about the pandemic, but it also caused fear and anxiety. But on the other hand, the resilience of ordinary people is highly commendable. Many have risked their lives to reach out to others in need. These acts gave rise to hope. One of those efforts was the Covid Care Center that we had at our institution. What started as a spark of hope and goodwill among a few alumni, management and staff has turned out to be a fiery fire of service and openness. While we cannot underestimate the impact of Covid within our communities, areas and region, we still go through uncertainties and difficult times as the lockdown ends. It’s time to recognize and honor all of those who have worked on the front lines and supported us financially. It’s time to say thank you to all the Corona warriors who have supported us ”.
Also speaking on this occasion, Stephen Pinto, President of SACAA, said: “On behalf of SACAA, I wish to thank and salute the courage, bravery and altruism of some of our students, members of SACAA and Jesuit priests who risked their lives to save the lives of others. No word is enough to express gratitude to all of these Corona Warriors who have offered their service to the St. Aloysius Covid Care Center. It is unfortunate, sad and a great personal loss for me and for many of us that so many of us lost our lives during this time, especially many Jesuit priests in our institutions. We remember them for their selfless work and great support. We are truly inspired by the financial generosity and personal commitment of our Alumni members who have made a difference in these unprecedented and difficult times. In appreciation, I keep my head down because I am not in a position to express my gratitude in words to the people who have supported the leadership of SAC and SACAA in this major task ”.
Father Cyril D’mello, the coordinator of the Disaster Management Committee of the Covid Center, said: “Jesuit institutions around the world are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the conversion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order who runs the St Aloysius College, which took place at the Battle of Pamplona, when the cannonball shattered all his dreams. It was called the “cannonball moment” in the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The pandemic SARS-CoV-2 virus has caused a similar ‘cannonball moment’ in the lives of people around the world. It changed our way of life, our way of thinking, our relationships, our dreams, our families, our education system, our livelihoods and the list goes on. But it also taught us new life lessons and new prospects for happy living. “
“This pandemic resurfaced with a second wave causing more chaos than the first. It was the moment when the management and staff of St Aloysius institutions as well as our former student association SACCA came together to reach out to those affected by the pandemic, especially those most in need. Under the able leadership of our rector, Father Melvin Pinto SJ, the institution has launched a Covid care center to reach out to those in need of rationing, medical and psychological help. All staff members, teachers and non-teachers, of MJES and SACCA institutions, have taken on the responsibility of participating in this enterprise of helping people affected by covid. We contacted 2,876 families belonging to BPL families, car drivers, bus drivers, migrant workers, people affected by covid, fishermen, belonging to the LGBT community, people affected by HIV and students. from our own institutions in different regions of Mangaluru “added Father D’mello.
In conclusion, Father Cyril declared: “Our outreach work has taught us that there are many families who have lost their livelihood. Second, the rural herd is not taken care of and is simply neglected. Third, the elderly and sick have no way or means to meet their basic needs. Fourth, people belonging to LGBT and other marginalized communities face many struggles to make ends meet, and finally APL families find it very difficult to make a living. I am inspired by the team spirit in which the volunteers of the Covid Care Center have worked tirelessly with one goal in mind: to spread love and fellowship. Covid care may officially end, but let this state of mind continue! “
On occasion, all the dedicated and committed volunteers who made this “St Aloysius Covid Care Center” project a success, providing essentials to the needy, were congratulated and thanked for their service.
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