Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the imposition of lockdown in India, millions of people were pushed to the brink of hunger and starvation. The Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission started relief work almost from the beginning of the crisis, bringing succour to the afflicted people
Delhi centre distributed 26 digital notebooks among as many students on 16 December.
Jharkhand: Ranchi Morabadi centre distributed homeopathy medicine for boosting immunity among 32,165 people from 12 June to 21 December.
West Bengal: Asansol centre conducted a homeopathy medical camp on 15 December in which 442 patients were given medicines for boosting immunity.
Darjeeling centre distributed 540 kg rice, 54 kg flour, 27 kg chira (rice flakes), 27 kg sattu (gram flour), 54 kg pulses, 27 kg soya chunks, 108 kg potatoes, 54 kg salt, 54 packets of turmeric powder, 54 litres cooking oil, 54 packets of biscuits, 27 kg sugar and 54 bars of soap among 54 families in Darjeeling district from 25 November to 27 December.
Malda centre distributed 127 kg rice, 197 kg flour, 18 kg pulses, 35 kg potatoes and 78 litres cooking oil among 174 families in Malda district on 14 and 21 November.
Sarisha centre served 9243 plates of cooked food in South 24 Parganas district from 20 to 27 December.
Durban centre, along with its sub-centres, served cooked meals to 1010 people and distributed 1284 kg rice, 642 kg pulses, 642 kg sugar beans, 642 kg maize meal, 321 kg macaroni, 64 kg assorted spices, 642 kg salt, 480 litres cooking oil, 642 litres milk, 642 kg sugar, 642 packets of tea bags, 642 bottles of jam, packets of soup powder, bars of bathing soap, laundry soap, tubes of toothpaste, etc among 642 families in December.
Tamil Nadu: In response to Cyclones Nivar and Burevi that hit the coastal areas of the state in November and December respectively, the following centres conducted relief works:
Chengalpattu centre distributed 250 kg rice and 25 kg pulses among 50 families in December.
Chennai Students’ Home centre distributed 1450 kg rice, 1450 kg flour, 1450 kg seviyan (vermicelli), 4350 kg pulses, 1450 kg fried gram, 1450 litre edible oil, 1450 kg salt, 580 kg assorted spices, 2900 kg sugar, 1450 bars of soap, 1450 bars of washing soap, 1450 tubes of toothpaste and 1450 toothbrushes among 1450 families in Chengalpattu, Chidambaram, Cuddalore and Tiruvallur districts and Puducherry from 29 November to 12 December.
Thanjavur Math (a sub-centre of Chennai Math) distributed 25,500 kg rice, 2600 kg pulses, 2520 litre edible oil, 5100 kg salt, 2045 kg assorted spices, 10,000 packets of biscuits, 5000 packets of milk powder, 2550 kg sugar, 100 mats, 50 tarpaulins, 5000 bars of soap, 5000 bars of detergent, 5000 candles and 5000 matchboxes among 5100 families in Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on 11 and 21 December.
Villupuram centre provided accommodation to 65 families and distributed 1625 kg rice, 130 kg flour, 195 kg pulses, 195 kg vegetables, 195 litre edible oil, 130 kg salt, 65 packets of assorted spices, 33 kg sugar, 144 packets of biscuits, 130 bedsheets, 130 mats, 260 bars of soap, 65 tubes of toothpaste, 325 toothbrushes and 65 mosquito coils among 65 families in Villupuram district from 24 to 27 November.
Assam: In a devastating fire in Jalubaki, Guwahati, on 19 December, many houses were burnt down. Guwahati centre distributed 80 kadais, 80 handis, 80 cooking pots, 80 buckets, 160 plates, 80 ladles, 80 serving spoons, 80 mugs, 160 bowls and 160 tumblers to 80 families on 22 December.
To extend a helping hand to poor and needy people, 17 of our centres distributed 1167 saris, 2225 shirts, 2225 trousers, 222 towels, 210 pairs of socks, 100 mosquito-nets, 22 pairs of slippers, 1750 kg rice, 390 kg pulses, 390 litres cooking oil, 170 kg soya chunks, 50 kg potatoes, 100 kg salt, 40 kg assorted spices, 120 bottles of a health drink, 120 packets of milk, 24 kg milk powder, 100 kg powdered maize, 281 packets of a health drink, 225 packets of cakes, 615 packets of biscuits, 225 bars of chocolates, 225 packets of noodles, 1085 bottles of gooseberry (amla) juice, 108 packets of fruit powder, 105 bottles of candy, 50 bottles of isabgol (a dietary fibre), 44 bottles of almond oil, 100 kansa thalas (bell metal plates), 200 sets of stationary (each set containing notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers and cutters), 25 jars of cold cream, 40 jars of petroleum jelly, 2 litres of hand sanitizer, 80 school bags, 500 notebooks, 80 pencils, 80 erasers, 105 packets of room freshener, 16 bars of soap, 1132 face masks, and a number of sports items etc. among the poor and needy people.