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Wholesome Well-being during COVID-19 Lockdown by INK Salesians
By Father Bastin Nellissery
Bangalore, Apr. 10. The Salesians of Don Bosco, Bangalore Province, in collaboration with BREADS, the Development Office of the Province, have left no stone unturned regarding the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of people during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Salesian institutions across Kerala and Karnataka have offered 10,000 food kits to 16629 persons as of now and many more in the future. The cooked food packets are being distributed to 1050 persons daily from the two Salesian centres. 61000 masks were stitched by Don Bosco tailoring centres, SHG women and volunteers and distributed to hospital staff, police personnel, health officials, vendors, shop keepers and the general public. Fr. Joy Nedumparambil, Executive Director, BREADS, oversees with his team the humanitarian mission across the states.
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Besides the physical want of the people, the Youth Service Department of the Province has an array of quiz programmes, puzzles and other creative mind-engaging materials for children during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Counselling Service Department is organizing Tele-counselling platforms to de-stress the various psychological and emotional stress faced by people in this time of lockdown. The Aflame Ministries from Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore takes care of the spiritual needs of the people; live Holy Mass, Rosary service, Way of the Cross, sermons, meditations, Eucharistic Adoration etc., are made available on its YouTube Channel.

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