People have been suffering for some years due to calamities, pandemics and disasters. Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission is always committed to doing relief works.
In August 2019, many regions of Attappady were severely affected by heavy rains, floods and landslide. From 9 th to 22 nd August, in coordination with Sevabharathi, flood relief work, was carried out in Puliyara, Kuravanpadi, Chittoor and other places. The affected families, were provided rice and provisions, clothes and household utensils. Solar lamps donated by Synergy Educational and Charitable trust were handed over to 94 families in Kuravanpadi, where power connections were disrupted for many months due to the rains and landslides.
The Covid- 19 pandemic which started all over the world in January 2020, started to gain strength in India in March 2020. The Government of India imposed a lockdown all over India from 23 rd March 2020. The common people were exposed to untold suffering, due to Covid 19 infection on one hand and due to the lockdown restrictions on the other hand.
In Attappady, though the Covid 19 cases were very limited in number, the people experienced great difficulties due to loss of livelihoods, absence of wages and poor access to hospitals and other emergency services due to absence of public transport. Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission trust in association with Sevabharathi took up the responsibility of reaching urgent help to the general public.
A help desk was opened for the general public. The help desk phone number was publicized through social media and press. People called the help desk for urgent help for getting medicines, food, medical help and provisions. Food kits were also provided to people in quarantine and government officials who could not get food at their place of work. The help desk was led by Ms. Anjali Suresh (Project Coordinator). The activity is enumerated below.
When online classes started in schools because of the pandemic, tribal students were unable to attend the classes due to absence of online facilities. The trust took the initiative of providing laptops to tribal villages in Attappady for improving access to online classes. The laptops were provided by EY GDS CARES team from Kochi Smart City. The laptops were handed over by Sri Thomas Xavier, Director IT, EYGDS, Kochi to Sri Joby Balakrishnan, school teacher at Govt LP School, Mulli, who received them on behalf of Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission. The function took place at Smart City, Kochi. The student participation in classes and provision of online content were coordinated by our social workers in each village.
Laptops were also handed over to Block Resource Centre, Department of Education, Government of Kerala for distribution in villages. Selected students from colleges from very poor socioeconomic background were also assisted with laptops.
The second wave of COViD was more severe both in the terms of spread and severity. Unlike the first wave, the second wave saw a massive spread of virus in the tribal hamlets also. Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission started an antigen testing centre in the hospital providing free testing for tribal patients. The helpdesk was restarted. The desk received emergency calls from all parts of Attappady. 285 grocery and vegetable kits, 2000 masks and medicines for 10 households were distributed to the families.