Disaster Relief & Rehabilation
Malabar region in Kerala is vulnerable in terms of natural and human-made disasters. Frequent onslaught of the floods, cyclone and summer fire are some of the disasters that hit the area. The worst suffer is the rural community. Shouldering the responsibility of minimizing vulnerability of the rural community, STARS took up the task of community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) in the areas where the calamities have occurred.STARS supported the poor people to restore their livelihood assets, constructed the fully damaged houses and renovated the partially damaged houses.STARS concentrating more on Edapuzha area constructed 10 houses for the poor and the marginalized. Partial support was given to another 10 families for building/renovating their houses. Sixteen houses were built for the Dalit Christians in Kozhikode and Kannur Dioceses. Of these, 8 houses were financed by CMI ashrams and the remaining by the department of Social Work Apostolate
Flood Relief Works 2018 & 2019
In the first phase, STARS has in the forefront of rescue and relief activities. The volunteers of STARS and the CMI educational institutions extended help for the distribution of relief materials for the victims stayed in the relief camps and others affected by the flood. More than 10000 people were reached by STARS with emergency relief works.
In the second phase, STARS started the rehabilitation projects for the victims of the flood. We have supported the poor people to restore their livelihood assets, construct the fully damaged houses and renovate/repair the partially damaged houses. The following are the details of the rehabilitation activities.
Covid -19 - Financial Support to families
With the second wave of corona virus infections claiming may lives, STARS, the department of Social Work of CMI St.Thomas Province has stepped in to extend financial support to many families in Kozhikode & Kannur who lost their sole bread winners to Covid-19. The organization distributed the amount of Rs.10000 each to these families.
Oxygen Concentrator devices & Pulse Oxymeter distribution
As the second covid-19 wave crisis deepens, corona virus cases in Kozhikode district have soared tremendously. The medical oxygen consumption has risen eight-fold, and dozens of hospital in Kozhikode reported running out of the supplies they need to keep the patients alive. At this crucial time, STARS, distributed 6 oxygen concentrators 6 Pulse Oxymeter to the needy patients in Kozhikode district.
Grocery Kit Distribution
STARS launched campaign # save our poor families during the Covid-19 crisis and came up with a poverty preventive step to protect the vulnerable family in Malabar region. The organization distributed sufficient grocery kits to more than 500 families comprising a month’s provision for 4 family members. Along with this to reduce the food insecurity during the outbreak, the social work department distributed grocery kits to many poor and marginalized families residing at our nearby CMI Ashram and Parishes in Malabar region.
Medical Help Service during Covid-19 outbreak
While health systems around us are being challenged by increasing demand for care of vulnerable patients, the STARS continues the delivery of essential health services every month to Mr. Rikesh Koodaranji who had Kidney Transplant surgery.
With combined efforts of numerous compassionate people, STARS raised Rs.7, 50,000.00 and distributed to three patients in Kozhikode district. The Social work department helped Mr. Sanoj by giving Rs.1, 00,000 who had a fall from height before 20 months ago and survived with severe spinal code injuries. STARS also helped a child Edwin Thomas with Rs. 1, 50,000 who is suffering Cerebral Atrophy for his treatment purpose. Mr. Vinod was the next beneficiary to be helped with the amount Rs.5, 00,000 for hid kidney transplant surgery.