Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Sohra has taken keen initiative in reaching out to communities with the purpose of serving humanity especially the poor and the needy, who are being struck by this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The Mission has been in the forefront to address this pandemic by earnestly working towards this relief activity through collaboration with local executive bodies of various communities by relentlessly providing food supplies of 5kg of Dal and 25 kg of Rice bags to the deprived families during this global crises. Understanding that health care has a crucial role to play at this phase, Ramakrishna Mission has delegated their staff to lend a helping hand in providing Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) along with the Facemasks to Hospitals (PHCs, CHCs and other health care centres) and in particular, numerous facemasks are being distributed to community’s volunteers where relief work is taking place.
The Relief work is concentrated within the State Meghalaya and certain parts of Assam, with the relief activity vehemently carried out by the support of the Staff of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sohra covering the whole Districts of Meghalaya, which includes the Khasi, Jaiñtia, RI-Bhoi, Garo Hills and certain portions of the State of Assam.
With the sudden booming of this COVID –19 outbreak, the society is under fear and apprehension yet, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama has instilled among the workers the courage to contribute towards humanity. Thus, under its purview the Mobile Medical Team assisted by Doctors and Nurses travelled to and fro to various villages and rendered quality Medical help. Amidst this pandemic, Facemasks are regarded as the top most priority as a mean of prevention, therefore the Mission has entrusted upon the Tailoring Department to prepare facemasks, in which the co-workers of this department has put in their efforts to stitch thousands of mask which were distributed to many Health Care Centres, Village Durbars and few selected Schools, as well as volunteers during the relief work.
The Mission Relief Work which began its journey on the 25th March, 2020, is currently ongoing and is able to cater to the growing list of appeals. The relief is aiding the underprivileged amidst the lockdown in terms of medical help as well as food supplies. As on 47th Day (10th May, 2020) all essential of COVID-19 Relief Work has been concluded, the food supplies like 25/30 kg of rice and 5 kg of dal (pulses) is provided to 37107 families who are impoverished within the stretch of 1174 villages. Currently, 929.6 tons of rice and 185.1 tons of dal has been dispensed to the beneficiaries in 9 Districts (out of 11) and 30 C & RD Blocks (out of 46) in the State of Meghalaya. With the information gathered through the survey conducted during relief, it is noted that rural families in this region has about 6 to 7 family members accounting to a headcount of approximately 2.31 lakhs. The amount of food supply provided is within the ambit of the lockdown period i.e. 3 weeks or so.
Relief was also provided to some villages in two districts of Assam that are contiguous to Garo Hills District of Meghalaya and the populations share the same ethnic and cultural continuity in spite of the political division into two different states.
Moreover, the Mission have been providing medical relief by bringing patients in distress to medical centres or to our dispensary. Providing mobile medical services by reaching out to various villages in East Khasi Hills District.
The Mission also provides COVID-19 Isolation Ward within the campus of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Sohra, for students who came from outside Meghalaya in co-operation with the Village Durbar Shnong of Khliehshnong along with the Health Department from CHC Sohra, Civil Sub-Division.
Distribution of 3500 PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to medical professionals working in high risk areas as COVID-19 wards in hospitals, Community Health Centres, etc., across the state and providing masks to hospitals, Community Medical Centres, etc. Around 57821 masks were distributed till date; 42221 masks were made in our tailoring section and 15600 were donated by a well-wisher from Kolkata
With the outbreak of COVID -19, the Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sohra has prompted relief work by enlisting a helpline number and circulating it in and around Sohra region with staffs of Ramakrishna Mission being the mediators for this relief. The helpline which has been enlisted has attended to many appeals from nooks and corners of the State, addressing the concern of the people supported with the effort of the staffs has led numerous communities to receive bountiful help from Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Sohra.
Delegation and co-ordination of work amongst the staff holds paramount importance since they are continuously engaged in getting first-hand information of the beneficiaries from concerned communities thereby, making precise arrangements for relief work either in terms of medical help or food supplies or both.
The relief work took flight on the 25th March 2020, when an immediate call was made to the helpline number by the Head Teacher of RKM Mawmluh, who came to know that a family from Mawkisyiem locality needs urgent Medical help as the mother of 6 children who is the only bread earner, suffered from Stroke with one-sided paralysed. On behalf of the family, the head teacher made a simple request to the Mission to provide Medical help and Food Relief.
The Mission Staffs along with the doctor responded to this urgent call and spontaneously provided medical assistance and food supplies comprises of 5kgs of Dal and 25kg of Rice bags to this family.
The patient underwent medical treatment at the Mission Dispensary and she is still undergoing physiotherapy treatment with frequent follow ups.
The Relief Provision Team from the Mission distributed a bag of 25 kgs of Rice and 5 kgs of Dal to 16 families under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District comprising of Lummawshken, Mawlyngkhiat, Pdengshnong and Rumnong villages.
The teams assigned for relief essentials distributed relief essentials to 290 families of the localities under three Blocks, with every household receiving 25kg Rice and 5kg Dal.
Team 1 went to Laitryngew, Laitduh, Laitmawsiang and Rumnong, under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District.
Team 2 went to 13 localities under Mylliem C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills, those were Kyndong Nongkynjir, Lumdewsaw, Marbañiang, Umseiñïong, Laitjem, Mylliem, Laitdiengsai, Laitkseh, Laitkyrhong, Maw-U-Sam, Thangsning, Thangbnai and Urmasi-U-Joh.
Team 3 went to distribute to five (5) villages fallen under Laitkroh- Khatarshnong C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills- Madan Lyngkhi, Nonglum, Lumthangding, Ïew Shylong and Laitlyngkot.
On this day the Relief Teams of the Mission went to distribute Rice and Dal to 13 villages (210 total families) and localities under two different C&RD Blocks, East Khasi Hills.
The Relief Teams continued their distribution of Rice and Dal in different villages in East Khasi Hills and West Jaiñtia Hills districts with a total of 270 families.
The Team went to Kyrdoh, Ryngku, Boro Ryngku, Betgora and Pataghat in Mawsynram C&RD Block. Another Team proceeded to West Jaiñtia Hills covering Phramer Village under Thadlaskeiñ Block ABVP, Mootyrshah and Shangpung under Laskeiñ Block. The team also covered the Localities of Sohra for the relief.
The Relief Teams extended their relief Provision to many areas under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block and those were Mawkisyiem, Saitsohpen, (Mawphanrang, Ïewrim, Ïew-umleng, Sderkariah, Wahshari, Pommalang) all fallen in the locality of Khliehshnong Sohra. Then relief were also distributed on the same date to Kalatek, Mawmluh, Nongrim and Maraikaphon of the same C&RD Block (502 total families).
On this day the Relief teams distributed Rice and Dal to families at Nohkalikai /Palongkaber, Pynshad-khurai and Kalatek under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block and another team went to Police Bazar, East Khasi Hills District (320 total families).
The Relief Teams re-proceeded to villages of Mawlong, Umtlang and Pynshad-khurai under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block for distribution of Rice and Dal (93 total families).
The Teams went for Relief distribution to many villages under Shella-Bholaganj and C&RD Block. Areas were Umblai, Nongsteng, Umtinghiang (Laitduh), Mawmluh, Kutmadan, Ïew & Jingthang U Bot, Lummaha, Ryngud and Shella (378 total families).
On this date the Relief Teams had covered many places under the Shella-Bholaganj and Laitkroh-Khadar Shnong C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills, for distribution of reliefs to the needy (819 total families).
Number of Relief Teams went differently to many villages under Ranikor C&RD Block, West Khasi Hills as well as Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills for distribution of same relief items (Rice & Dal) to the total of 1520 families.
The Relief Teams carried on their relief distribution under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, Pynursla Block and Shillong City in East Khasi Hills. The other team went to Laskeiñ Block, West Jaiñtia Hills (1736 total families all together).
Number of Relief Teams carried on the Relief Distribution to several places gathering under different Blocks of East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills Districts. Families covered by the teams were 954.
On this day, the Relief Teams continued the relief distribution to villages under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, Laitkroh-Khatarshnong C&RD Block (East Khasi Hills), Laskeiñ C&RD Block (West Jaiñtia Hills) and Resubelpara C&RD Block (North Garo Hills). Total no. of families were 1667.
The Relief Teams proceeded to different villages under different Blocks of East Khasi Hills and West Garo Hills Districts. Total no. of families: 908.
Six (6) number of Relief Teams went to different places covering under East Khasi Hills and Garo Hills District.
The Relief Teams on this day covered essential relief to Mankachar Block in Dubri, Zikzak and Dalu in Garo Hills, Laitkroh and Shella-Bholaganj in East Khasi Hills, Laskeiñ in Jaiñtia Hills accordingly. Total number of families all together were 1467 families.
The teams distributed essential relief of rice and dal to many areas lying under Mawsynram C&RD Block, Pynursla Block (East Khasi Hills) and Dalu C&RD Block in West Garo Hills.
The Relief Team Groups carried on the relief essential distribution to places lying under different blocks of East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills, with the total number of 1634 families.
On this day no relief distribution was carried out due to the total Curfew imposed in the whole state of Meghalaya, as one of the renowned doctor of Bethany Hospital, Shillong has been tested Positive for COVID-19.
A consigned group went to distribute food supplies to a single family who was struck by an unfortunate event in which their house was set ablaze at Sohkynduh Village under Laitkroh- Khadarshnong C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills.
On this day two relief teams were assigned relief work at different locations. One of the team headed to Umkhabaw, Adorghat, Umsaw, Thiew Umtham, Umsaw Bamontila, Gaubara Khasyndha, under Shella-Bholaganj C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills, with a total of 684 beneficiaries and another team provided relief essentials for 81 families at Mawkisyiem village.
Two Teams continued the distribution of food relief to two different Blocks in two different Districts.
The assigned team conducted relief distribution to areas under Mawphlang C&RD Block with a total no. of 920 families receiving food supplies.
Areas covered on this day were Dalia, Umkhabaw, Lummynri, Umshorshor-Ri Bhoi, Mawser, Wahlakhar, Umdiker, Ermawrong, Kyrdemkulai, Mawrong, Umkei, Mawlingai, Mawbseiñ, Mawpun Kyrtiang and Laitïam.
On this day one team went Mawsynram C&RD Block in East Khasi Hills, another two teams moved to areas of Ranikor C&RD Block, West Khasi Hills.
The BSF hosted the Relief Essential Team of Our Mission at their Campus and assist the team in distribution of food-grains to the beneficiaries. The team spend their night at the BSF Camp, however, the journey to the distribution site was a herculean task, littered with big boulders at many places. Inspite of the tedious journey, the BSF cooperated with the Relief Team of Ramakrishna Mission as a means to serve humanity.
On the following day of the Relief Distribution, the lorry of our mission carrying food items for the beneficiaries, could not reach their destination, simultaneously the BSF offered their help in which the materials are being shifted to the BSF lorry to ensure that the Relief activity is done efficiently.
Three Teams for the Relief essential moved to two districts; East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills respectively.
Four teams of Food Relief Distribution continued the distribution of food items in three C&RD Blocks in East Khasi Hills and one Block in East Jaintia Hills District.
On this day one Relief Team went to Saipung C&RD Block, East Jaiñtia Hills and two teams went separately to two parts of Mawsynram C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills.
The teams formed for relief distribution went for Food Relief distribution to Laskeiñ C&RD Block, West Jaiñtia Hills and Mawsynram C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills, covering around 346 families.
Three Teams went separately to three parts of Mawsynram C&RD Block, One Team to Mawphlang C&RD Block, East Khasi Hills District. Another Team went to Laskeiñ C&RD Block, West Jaiñtia Hills for further distribution of food relief, covering about 1118 number of families.
Three Teams went differently to different places in West Khasi Hills and East Khasi Hills District for essential Food Relief distribution. Number of Blocks covered up in West Khasi Hills District:
Besides distribution of Food Relief Items, the Mission also provides Free Distribution of 200 PPE and 2000 Masks to the Civil Hospital Tura on this very day.
The Two Teams went for Relief distribution, while one of the Team delivered relief at Dubri, Mankachar Block, Dalmagre C&RD Block and Selsella C&RD Block in South West Garo Hills and another Team went to Dalu C&RD Block, West Garo Hills District, covering around 638 number of families.
Five groups of Relief Teams went to different districts for Relief distribution.
Besides, The Mission also provided 50 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and 500 Masks to CHC Dalu in West Garo Hills District.
On this day, five (5) teams of Relief Distribution groups resumed their duties for distribution of essential food relief to the Regions of West Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills, West Jaiñtia Hills and East Khasi Hills District, with the total no. of 1455 families.
Besides, Food Relief Distribution, The Mission also provides Personal Protective Equipments and Masks to Baghmara Civil Hospital, South Garo Hills, which comprisis of 50 PPE and 1000 Masks.
A group of five teams went to different locations covering a total of 1793 families under South Garo Hills, West Khasi Hills, West Jaiñtia Hills and Mankachar District of Assam for Relief Work assisted by staffs from Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Sohra.
The assigned teams of Five (5) covered villages under Ranikor C & RD Block, SWKH; Resubelpara C & RD Block, NGH; Two Blocks in EKHD (Mawkynrew and Pynursla C & RD Block) and Two Blocks of WKHD (Mawthadraishan & Nongstoin C & RD Block), with a total number of 1153 beneficiaries.
Furthermore, the team that went to South West Khasi Hills along the Bangladesh border traversed among the most inaccessible areas due to very rough roads. The creaky roads had caused breakdown to our vehicle and are forced to move the relief materials to local all-wheel drive trucks. The relief that was meant to be over in 1 day, took for more than 2 and a half day and they were allowed to sleep under open canopy near Borasora BSF post. Twenty six (26) BSF manned gates had to be crossed into the no-man-zones to reach the last distribution point in Majisora village.
Likewise, the Mission also distribute 50 PPE and 2000 Facemasks to the CHC and PHCs under Mendipathar Area, on this particular day.
The Relief Team distributed essentials to various districts of Meghalaya covering Laitkroh,Mylliem, Shella Bholaganj C & RD Block EKH; Laskein C & RD Block, WJH; and Resubelpara C & RD Block NGH.
In addition, the team who went to Garo Hills for relief essential underwent sanitization on their way back to our mission. House to house relief essentials distribution was carried out at Mawtharia Village, EKH Mylliem C & RD Block which is under full quarantine. Besides these activities, Medical Relief Team also went to provide quality medical health care to the people under Laotian Village.
The Relief Essentials was carried out in East Khasi Hills District Laitkroh, Mawphlang, Sohiong & Shella-Bholaganj C & RD Block and West Jaintia Hills Laskein C & RD Block.
The villagers offered vegetables and fruits grown in their kitchen gardens as a part to gratitude towards the Mission.Besides these activities, Medical Relief Team also went to provide quality medical health care to the people under Wahtngangi Village.
The RKM Relief Teams provided essentials to Samasi villages under Saipung C & RD Block and Narwan Shangpung under Khliehriat C & RD Block, East Jaintia Hills, where the elders of the Jaintia Region welcome our Secretary Maharaj followed by the distribution of Relief at the famous Menhirs, Jaintia Stone-cut located at Narwan.
Another Team distributed essentials to Khahmuhi under East Khasi Hills, Shella-Bholaganj C & RD Block.
On this day the Mission Relief Teams went to distribute essentials to the Districts of West Jaintia Hills, West Khasi Hills and East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, where:
Likewise, the Mission also handed over 10,000 masks to the Directorate of Social Welfare to be used by all Anganwadi workers in Meghalaya. As a sign of gratitude, the villagers offers greens as a token of love and respect towards the Mission.
The assigned teams of Five (5) covered villages under Mawsynram and Mawphlang C & RD Block, EKHD; Ranikor C & RD Block, SWDH; Three Blocks in WKHD (Mawkyrwat, Mairang and Mawthadraishan C & RD Block) and Khliehriat C & RD Block, EJHD; where,
Moreover, the Mission also provides quality medical care, assisted by doctors and nurses to Laitkroh Village to cater to the medical needs of the people in and around the area.
Three Teams were assigned for Relief Essentials to different C & RD Blocks of East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and West Jaintia Hills Districts of Meghalaya.
On this particular day, the Relief Essential teams assigned by the Mission extended their activities at West Khasi Hills, Nongstoin C & RD Block in which Team One(1) covered villages like Mawbyrshem, Mawlarshong, Nondein, Mawpun Tiehjyrsieh, Spengthawlangmlah and Dongthemiew under New Nongstoin Area, while Team Two(2) extend their Relief activities to Ladweitang - Mawiong Lumsyntiew and Upper New Nongstoin area.
On this particular day, Two teams were assigned to distribute essentials to two Districts of Meghalaya, ie., West Jaintia Hills covering areas of Psiar and Khatkasla, under Laskein C & RD Block; as well as East Khasi Hills covering areas of Laitryngew and Mawsmai village under Laitkroh C & RD Block.
A traditional Head Strap known as "U Star" in Khasi Language, is used for carrying loads and the head strap is usually made up of cane.
Besides this, the Mission also provides door delivery to a single mother having medical complications.
On this day the five(5) Mission Relief Teams went to distribute essentials to the Districts of East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, where:
As mentioned on day 46 (9th May, 2020), Team 4 and 5 who stayed overnight at Barsora BSF Camp, again proceeded their relief distribution on the 10th May, 2020 covering areas of Kiewri and Khonjoy-A which falls under West Khasi Hills, Ranikor C & RD Block.
The uphill task undertaken by the Mission stems out of the profound belief of serving humanity, thus, this fundamental principle has guided the Mission to reach out to villages and enable especially the ones stricken by poverty to endure during the lockdown, the dreadful advent of the COVID – 19 has wreak havoc affecting thousands of families within the region who struggles and toil day and night for livelihood. The relief essential which commence on the 25th March 2020 has continued to serve villages in and around the State and now it has finally arrived at a conclusion i.e., 10th May 2020. The relief journey was possible through the immense contribution made by the private donations supported with the help of contributors, volunteers and well-wishers.
The out-reach activity of the Mission, concerning the Medical Relief is ongoing and the Mission is also hosting a COVID 19 Quarantine Centre for people coming from other States as requested by the Village Durbars( Panchayats).