Staying in homes is a distressing experience altogether for the households that are economically weak and vulnerable, for whom staying in isolation and social distancing are the matters of concern as it puts them in difficult situation. Because, their livelihoods are dependent heavily on exchange of their muscle labour. Even a day out of work will have an immediate impact on their sustenance.
Significant number of households in these districts are employed in Brick industries in Madurai, knitwear industries in Tiruppur and Coimbatore. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai are the common destinations for the migrant labourers from southern districts of Tamil Nadu. During the lock-down, a major portion of people have returned to their homes. There is a simmering hopelessness and uncertainty over future of their livelihoods after the lock-down, as the economic impacts forecasted on these industries are not so encouraging.
Needless to say that the households that eke out their living with the muscle labour, vested with very little or no stock of food and finance are bearing the brunt of lock-down and its downside. Complete halting of agricultural operations in the last one-and-a-half month, no mobility to take up jobs in the nearby cities and towns, have deprived of meager savings and food stocks in the households of small and marginal farmers, landless labourers, unorganised daily wage earners, destitute and vulnerable people in the villages and urban slums.
We are working in 12 drought prone districts of southern Tamil Nadu including Madurai, Dindigul, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar and Ramnad. In these districts, our assessment shows that over 2500 poor and destitute households in the remote villages of these districts, are in dire need of food supply to fulfil their basic food requirements during unwaged days.
Out of these 2500 households, we have got assistance from other Philanthropic institutions and individuals to help 1000 families to arrange supplies for their basic food requirements.
With your support, we can assist the remaining 1500 families with dry groceries for a month worth of Rs 1500 each.
Bank Account Details:
Account holders name: The Covenant Centre for Development
Name of the bank: BANK OF INDIA
Branch: MADURAI BRANCH
Account number: 825010100012030
IFSC CODE: BKID0008250
Please reach us for more information:
V.K. Padmavathy, Executive Director – CCD -7871612736
P. Krishnamurthi, Programme Director, CCD –9443572724