Covid-19 is hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest and the pandemic is highlighting the inequalities that exist in our global and local communities. India, with its massive population of 1.3 billion, has been particularly hard hit.
Fr Peter SJ works with the Yenadi tribe in Andhra Pradesh. Five thousand of these vulnerable people do not have enough to eat, including Mamillamma, a 70 year old widow. She lives with her children and hunts rats in the paddy fields each day. It is her only source of income. She did not understand what lockdown meant for her:
“Suddenly police and government officials came to our village announcing that no one should come out of our houses. I was terribly frightened because how am I to live my life without daily wages? I was in a pathetic situation and was afraid of dying from hunger.”
Local Jesuits, assisted by Jesuit Missions, have provided the local tribes with food. Thanks to Fr Peter’s community, she received rice, lentils and oil.
How you can help
We are working with partners to respond to immediate needs and will help communities to recover from the social and economic effects of the pandemic.
The pandemic is highlighting the inequalities that exist in our global and local communities, and your donations and prayers are needed now more than ever. Just £25 could provide stationery and books for children unable to attend school due to the lockdown.