COVID Relief Launch Videos
1. Launch Event At Sathya Sai Grama Muddenahalli
Chaired by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai and attended by distinguished Government officials from Chikkaballapur District Administration like Mrs R Latha (IAS - Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate), Mr P Shivashankar (Chief Executive Officer), Mr G K Mithun Kumar (IPS - Superintendent of Police), Dr N Nomesh Kumar (Deputy Secretary), Mrs Shailaja (Mid-Day Meal Co-ordinator), along with the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence - Mr B N Narasimha Murthy.
2. Preventive Nutrition Support For Children
3. Free Meal Service For Healthcare Professionals In Bengaluru
COVID Relief Activities
Education during COVID
During the COVID 19 times, PBMT has been working consistently to improve access to education; especially for those girls and boys from families who cannot afford any paid mode of online education; by offering free quality online video lessons from Grade 6 till 12 for all children; with no exclusivity to students from the Campuses under the ambit of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam Group of Institutions; but open to all students from around the world. Very close to 2,000 lessons have been recorded with the help of 120 instructors since the month of May 2020.
Apart from this, 45 students who lost their parents to COVID were embraced with open arms and admitted in the Institution. Scholarships have also been extended to 75 children who wanted to continue learning at their hometowns.
Healthcare during COVID
Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital which is currently a multi-speciality hospital is an absolutely free of cost COVID Care facility, with HDU oxygenated beds and ICU beds, with medical gas piping as per HTM standards. This facility will also include four operation theatres.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF COVID19 RELEIF ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY SRI SATHYA SAI ANNAPOORNA TRUST | FROM APRIL 2020 TO APRIL 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic is considered as the most crucial global health catastrophe of the century that brought the whole world to a halt. Countless people lost their jobs and income, due to which they were unable to feed themselves and their families. When the whole world was full of gloom, Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust was the ray of hope that reached out to lakhs of downtrodden families, migrant labourers, frontline workers and hospitals. With the strength of its 600+ volunteers, the Trust spread its wings across 18 States and three Union territories in the North, South, East and West regions of the Country and provided for the nutrition requirement of the families who had lost their livelihood. Over 100,000 families in the year 2020 and 150,000 families in the year 2021 have been helped by the Annapoorna Trust.
The dry ration kits containing rice, pulses, wheat, oil and other daily food items were packed and distributed by Annapoorna volunteers across the Country. Apart from food items, masks, drinking water, clothes, and cooked meals were distributed to migrants in Bangalore and in Jamshedpur in collaboration with Tata Steel Foundation. These items were also provided to migrants in Chennai railway station and to passengers in Shramik train; malnutrition of pregnant mothers and young children in the backward areas of the Country were addressed; relief items and medical aid were extended to the cyclone impacted people in Eastern India.
With the support from Prashanthi Balamandira Trust, an allied Trust that caters to education of underprivileged children, the Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust addressed the nutrition needs in several districts of Karnataka like Koppal, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bengaluru Urban, Ramanagara, Hubli, Raichur and Yadgir. The Annapoorna Trust also collaborated with NGOs like Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram and Adamya Chetana, along with many other supporting corporate partners to address the need at locations where these NGOs and corporate partners already have a presence.
SAISURE MULTINUTRIENT SUPPLEMENT
During these pandemic times, a team of doctors and volunteers under the Divine Mother & Child Health Program in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka, started distributing SaiSure, a micronutrient health mix to the many Anganwadi children below six years of age in the districts of Ramanagara, Raichur, Yadgir and Chikkaballapur in Karnataka.
This health mix will eradicate child malnutrition, reduce stunted growth and child wasting. It is provided to children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM). COVID pre-emptive nutritional intervention programme for SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) and MAM (Moderate Acute Malnutrition) was conducted in Yadgir and Raichur districts of Karnataka. These two districts were being identified as one of the 100 backward districts in India under the ambit of ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ initiative. 377 tuberculosis patients in Ramanagara district of Karnataka were also provided with SaiSure.
SaiSure was distributed at Siddipet district in Telangana for about 4,800 MAM children in collaboration with Dukes India, Save The Hearts Foundation and Government of Telangana with the support of Finance Minister of Telangana, Mr T Harish Rao. SaiSure was launched by Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Former Union Cabinet Minister for Education and distributed to needy school children with the support of the Former Governor of Uttarakhand, Ms Baby Rani Maurya. SaiSure also reached the needy children of Delhi, Pune, Jammu and Kashmir, and the fishermen families in Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu.
Sri Sathya Sai Aarogya Vahini team in association with Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust have been able to reach out to over 1,200 rural children of West Bengal for their health and nutrition needs, from the time the pandemic set in, on a monthly basis, by meticulously evaluating their Body Mass Index and monitoring their health.
DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD AND OTHER ESSENTIALS
Dry rations were provided to Government nominated cooks for the mid-day meals programme in the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Puducherry. 8,000 grocery kits were provided to needy people in Ramanagara, Kolar, and Yalaburga districts of Karnataka by the Former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr Siddaramaiah; and close to 1,300
kits were given to mid-day meal cooks in Pavagada taluk (Tumkur district) in collaboration with Sri Ramakrishna Sevashram in Karnataka. Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust in collaboration with Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust and One Nation Foundation, and with the support of Micro Focus, has provided 2,000 grocery kits to support needy families across different districts in Karnataka.
Annapoorna collaborated with RIST (Rural India Supporting Trust) and Partnerships For Change (PFC) in order to further the cause of reaching out to needy population in rural India especially during the second wave. With this partnership, 15,000 families were provided with grocery kits to support their nutritional needs, most of whom are women serving as cooks in Government schools across the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in South India.
As part of COVID relief in Dehradun, about 300 packets of meals were supplied to the government control room on a daily basis for distribution to the needy and homeless.
Close to 8,000 masks were provided to vendors, helpers in market areas in several parts of Bengaluru in association with Nayonika Eye care Charitable Trust.
Cooked meals were provided to the needy in Hyderabad, and Sircilla district and Mahbubnagar in Telangana; 7,000 cooked meals were distributed to medical staff at 40 hospitals across Bengaluru with the support of Micro Focus and in collaboration with Adamya Chetana Trust. Grocery kits were distributed to daily wagers and needy people affected by COVID at Bhuvanagiri in Tamil Nadu. Cartons of drinking water were supplied to hospitals in Hyderabad. Sri Sathya Sai Aarogya Vahini Trust, another allied Trust of Annapoorna, joined in this cause and helped in reaching out to many of the remote locations of West Bengal. Along with nutrition, the volunteering teams at both Kolkata and Jamshedpur provided timely healthcare interventions to the affected regions of the Cyclonic Storm ‘Amphan.’ The Aarogya Vahini team set up a community kitchen and provided cooked meals. The volunteers also reached the interior villages in boats to provide the needy with dry ration and other essentials. With support from the Government of Tamil Nadu, the volunteers reached out to school teachers and started sending dry ration to the affected families particularly in Avadi, Chennai and Coimbatore. Freshly cooked meals were also served on a daily basis to the migrant workers with the support of one of the partners in Chennai by name ‘Danirasa Foundation’. COVID-19 has taught many important lessons to mankind. Cometh the hour, Cometh the man – it is call for action! The time has come for the three Ss – sarka-ra (Government), sama-ja (Society) and sam.stha- (NGOs, Public Service Institutions) come together to make the world a better place to live.