Responding to COVID-19 Crisis
by Glenda de Jager
National Director, Mukti Australia
MUKTI PULSE Bringing hope and a brighter future to women and children in India and Sri Lanka Lorraine Francis, Mission Director at Mukti looked out the front window of her home at Mukti and watched as people walked past, families with small children, babies on their mother’s hips, their worldly goods on their heads…. each family trying to reach their home place, sometimes walking many many miles in the heat and dust of India.
And outside the walls of the Mukti campus itself families are starving, with no food available to them because they are rag pickers searching in the garbage, migrant workers, daily wage earners or have no government ID.
The UN World Food Programme, states that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation — double last year’s figures. There is the possibility of a ‘hunger pandemic’ due to COVID-19.Much of this will be in India.
What can Mukti in India (Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission) do to help in this situation?
There was an immediate response… 465 desperate families were helped with food packages in April and May, and will continue in June and July. That’s 2000- 3000 extra mouths being fed each month avoiding starvation. Relief packages include rice, wheat, oil, gram, peas, chilli powder, turmeric, ginger, jagary, tea, mustard, jeera, chickpeas, coriander and salt.
What did we do here in Australia?… Mukti Australia launched an immediate appeal to help our partners in both India and Sri Lanka. Thank you Australian friends for your generosity! We have been overwhelmed by your willingness to share sacrificially.
But it’s not over yet – the need is still immense! Mukti India has lost most of their local donations and income which provide for half of their regular needs – the support and care of some of the most vulnerable; hundreds of girls, boys and young women who depend on Mukti for education, shelter and safety. Single mums and elderly women, the most vulnerable in Indian society are also cared for. The PRMM leadership believe, in accordance with the Indian government information that it will take 3 years for India to recover from COVID-19.
Our COVID-19 relief appeal is now combined with our ‘End of Financial Year’ appeal. Please share with your friends, church, neighbours, families how they can share in the lives of the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. We have been blessed to be a blessing to others….thank you for being part of this.
Becoming innovative in times of crisis
by Lorraine Francis,
Mission Director, PRMM
Our efforts to transform waste into valuable goods continues as we continually brainstorm new ways to utilize junk and old materials. Santosh Sable has earnt the nickname “Mr. Fix,” as he comes up with clever new inventions. His latest design is a trolley for the oxygen cylinder which greatly assists the hospital staff. He has also created a multi-purpose trolley out of old bicycles that is being used to distribute goods around the yard.
Emergency Response COVID-19
by Rebecca Alexander
COO, Wings of Hope
WINGS OF HOPE is extremely grateful to you for the support we have received throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With your support, we have reached out to over 150 underprivileged families in Hatton and the suburbs of Colombo – mainly families of daily-wage earners who cannot work at home are among the worst affected by the loss of their employment. There is still more to be done! As an organization dedicated to assist communities in need at times such as this, Wings is doing its very best to make essential groceries available to families in and also out of our project. Thank you for your continued prayers for our nation, and for your continued financial support which enables us to bring relief to these families in small ways.
Who we are
In Sanskrit, the word ‘mukti’ means freedom, liberation and salvation.
The name ‘mukti’ reflects the origins of our work which began in India over a century ago. Today, we partner with organisations in both India and Sri Lanka to empower disadvantaged children and women.
Mukti Australia is a Christian organisation seeking to change lives through a range of development initiatives that demonstrate, in a practical way, the love of Jesus Christ.