We, the sisters of CJMJ, are glad to share with you our hope-filled experiences of working with the marginalized sections of the society at this time of uncertainty and grief where the Global Pandemic is devastating the whole world. Sisters of the Congregation of JMJ in India are totally involved in serving the poor and the marginalised in interior hamlets and villages during this Lockdown due to COVID-19.
The unprecedented lockdown, the world’s largest – is wreaking havoc on India, has stung millions of poor in country, leaving many hungry and jobless like tribal indigenous people, migrant labourers, rickshaw pullers, itinerant produce peddlers, maids, parentless children, day labourers and other informal workers who form the backbone of the Indian economy. While many of us are at the comfort of our homes during this lockdown, there are also many people who aren’t as fortunate. There are people out there who don’t have a roof above their heads and can’t afford freshly cooked meals even once a day; their earnings have taken a massive drop and this lockdown has ended up being a very stressful time for them.
But here’s where you and I can make a difference and bring a smile on their faces during this trying time. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). In the evening of our lives we will be examined in love- love expressed in deeds. Empowered by the message of the Lord and carrying the very essence of serviced in our hearts, we have undertaken the task of reaching out to the poor and needy by distributing ration in the surrounding areas of Bangalore (Karnataka), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), Odisha, Tamilnadu, Hyderabad (Telangana), Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and other parts of the mission countries like Rome, Belgium and New Mexico, USA. To these people of God, we the sisters of JMJ bring solace – by and reaching out to them conducting health and awareness camps, distributing medical kits, offering counselling, extending financial assistance and sharing with them the provisions (rice, dal, oil, vegetables and other provisions ) which can support for their livelihood during these days of social distancing, thus, giving hundreds of families a ray of hope. Most of these families are deprived of Government aid during this difficult time.
Sisters with all the precautions went themselves and distributed food packets. We are saddened to witness the situations of the people just waiting for someone to reach out to them and give them food to eat. The hungry children stretch out their hands and pleading for food, people staying on the pavements seek safety and security to protect themselves from this threatening pandemic.
Our sisters from each community extended their support to those people by dispensing foodstuffs, medicines and other essentials to the poor from the remote villages who are deprived of their daily wages. JMJ sisters are collaborating with central and the local governments by generously extending all their resources in terms of space, infrastructure, buildings and hospitals etc. for the prevention and treatment of this global pandemic.
The JMJ sisters of Guntur Province through its Social Apostolate-JMJ Social Service Society obtained special permission from the District collector, wherein they were issued COVID-19 pass for the Distribution from District Civil Supplies, Guntur District. In the same way, the sisters extended complete oneness with the affected in Odisha, Tamilnadu and other parts of Andhra Pradesh providing necessities of life in the interior villages.
Following were the responses towards Covid-19
- Created awareness on Social Distancing
- Maintain cleanliness and their surroundings
- Distribution of dry provisions-Rice, Dal and Cooking Oil
- Distribution of Masks
- One meal in collaboration with local sources for their life to move on in the lockdown days.
The twin year 2020 Lenten journey was very unusual. The unexpected news of pandemic corona virus across the globe filled our hearts with the news of sickness, fear, stress, tension, death, disaster and uncertainty of life etc…
The sisters of Hyderabad Province (Telangana, Medak and other parts of our service) reached the unreached hungry families of slums, migrants and refugees etc., They have distributed groceries like rice, dhal, vegetables etc… now we understand the pain and sorrow of the needy deeper. They feel fortunate to share the social responsibility for the society at large.
As the whole world is under Lockdown trying to slowdown the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the CJMJ Sisters of Raipur Province, in collaboration with the government and other social sectors, NGOs, Educational Institutions reached out to the class four employees, ward helpers and the other housekeeping staff, those vulnerable to acquire the infections during their duty hours etc,. we distributed masks stitched by us and other necessities to those around our communities and work places.
They reached out to the people in Jarway Basthi – the stone cutters, Sarona Slum, Tendua Village, Hasda village. In collaboration with KFHB (Kuch Farz Hamara Bhi) NGO and Education department of Chhattisgarh extended help to the surrounding places of Tatibandh colony, Factory workers in BALAJI company, Chandinidih slum etc…
JMJ Sisters on march ….
- To explore the possibilities for expanding the frontier mission in order to support the poor and the marginalized in rural areas of India by the JMJ Indian Provinces: Bangalore, Guntur, Hyderabad and Raipur.
- To support the poor and COVID-19 affected in Ghana, West Africa.
- To extend help through – Youth Initiatives of Talitha Cumi from KU Leuven, University, Belgium, with a vision to reach out 10000 families: rural / migrant workers, slum residents etc., through emotional / spiritual / material support.
“Like the Apostles of long ago, so we, the JMJ sisters today are sent to administer Mercy to the poor and needy…”
(Congr. Document: Sent by the Lord page 14)