Thankfully, coronavirus cases in our rural area have come down in recent weeks but we are continuing to work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable children and families. Many families are reliant on daily wage labouring work to feed their children and this caused terrible problems during the first lockdown as they were unable to work. From Monday 10th May, the Tamil Nadu state government announced another complete lockdown to try and stem the rising number of cases and this is still in place until the end of July.  We are helping those who are affected by the lockdown with emergency food.  To date, we have distributed over 6,500 emergency food rations, each one enough to feed a family for a month.  

The effects of the virus in India has been devastating and the state of Tamil Nadu where RTU is based has the highest number of cases in the whole of India.  

The situation is changing daily, but we are committed to do whatever it takes to help those who need us, regardless of cost.

Father Antony Paulsamy, the Director of RTU, says: 

"We are ready to give support to the most vulnerable people in this difficult situation, to overcome this crisis."

On Government orders we had to close our clinic and schools, and send many of the children in our Children's Villages home to their relatives in their native villages. Although the schools were allowed to open for the top four year groups for a few weeks in January 2021, they are now closed again and the children are once again back in their native villages. For all the children we are in touch with them on a regular basis to check on their welfare and we are also monitoring those with long-term health conditions such as HIV, continuing to provide their medication and additional support when it is required, as well as money and food. Our mobile health clinic is going out to attend to the medical needs of the people in our area.

Meanwhile, our community outreach team and self-help group leaders are working together to provide practical support to those in the greatest need and to help keep communities safe. These are just some of our emergency responses, implemented at speed wherever the need has arisen. 

  • Providing washable face masks to staff and local people in rural villages
  • Distributing grocery parcels to families struggling with their daily meals, containing rice, pulses, cooking oil, spices and other basic ingredients
  • Giving regular meals prepared in our kitchen to elderly people and others nearby, as well as to vital health workers and support staff
  • Providing shelter and food for any who need it, such as migrant workers stranded by the lockdown and others who find themselves homeless or destitute at this uncertain time
  • Buying spraying equipment and disinfectant for the Panchayat so that public areas can be cleaned, lowering the risk of infection
  • Providing vitamins and medicines to treat people with coronavirus in rural villages

We are committed to continuing with these activities for as long as they are needed. However, the situation is changing daily and the weeks and months ahead will bring new and unexpected demands on our resources.

We urgently need your help so that we can continue to support the most vulnerable during this unprecedented crisis. 

£60 could ensure 4 hungry families receive emergency food ration packs containing rice, cooking oil and other basic ingredients

£75 could provide 75 fresh, nutritious meals, distributed directly from our kitchen

£125 could help us produce vital education materials, enabling school lessons to continue during lockdown

Thank you so much, at this difficult time for us all, for your kindness, compassion and generosity.