Mercy And Grace Charitable Trust
COVID-19 is everywhere – even among the poorest of the poor
When extremely poor people (less than 1,50 USD income per person/day) are confronted with an almost non-existing medical care-system, and catastrophic hygiene-conditions, then the entry-door for COVID-19 is wide open.
It is under these circumstances that Dr.Thomas Oehler (HCE) and Hubertus von Schönfeldt (former military attaché of Germany in Delhi) have decided to act quickly, in order to avoid the worst: millions of people being infected and hundreds of thousands dying.
Thomas` former contact with Mercy and Grace Charitable Trust, Bapulapadu Hanuman Junction- 521105, Andhra Pradesh, India has been used efficiently and B. Madhava Rao, Founder & Trustee of the organisation have been working on a plan:
- Produce 14.000 masks for the local population
- Distribute and instruct them why to use them
- Distribute Soap and teach them about the necessary hygiene-conditions to be respected
Within one week the projects has been started for the first part. Now, production and distribution of masks continues in the slums and suburbs of the near cities. All masks are produced by local women, allowing them to earn some money during the lockdown.
Since most of the agricultural workers in India have lost their jobs due to the strict lockdown, HCE has been also supporting the trust by distributing rice to the needy in order to avoid death by starving (instead of COVID-19).
Mercy and Grace Charitable Trust is operating a school for the children of the poorest who – in the reality of India – would never be able to attend any school. Thus, they would never be able to break the vicious circle of poverty, no education, no job and continuing poverty. The school is open to children from any religion or philosophy, and not limited to Hindus as in most other schools of India.
Education for Children
- Cost of Books, cost of furniture at class Rooms
- Cost of computers, cost of uniforms and other
- Stationary /School/ Sports supplies, lunch and payment to staff
- No. of Children: 350
- No. of Staff: 18
Medium: English, Telugu & Hindi
Beneficiaries: Below the poverty
Location: Villages & Slums
Skill Development for Women
- Cost of Sewing Machines, cost of tool kits
- Rent for center and payment for instructors
- No. of Centers: 12
- No. of women in each center: 20
- No. of Villages & Slums : 12
- No. of instructors: 12
Duration of Training: 6 to 12 months
Beneficiaries: Widows, divorced and poorest