The Covenant Centre for Development (CCD) works with the small and marginal farmers in 12 drought prone districts of southern Tamil Nadu including Madurai, Dindigul, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar and Ramnad. In these districts, our assessment after the lock-down imposed for containing the spread of Covid-19 shows that the poor and destitute households in every village, are in dire need of food supply to fulfill their basic food requirements during unwaged days.
Significant number of households in these districts are employed in Brick industries in Madurai, knitwear industries in Tiruppur and Coimbatore. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai are the common destinations for the migrant laborers from southern districts of Tamil Nadu. During the lock-down, a major portion of people have returned to their homes. There is a simmering hopelessness and uncertainty over future of their livelihoods after the lock-down, as the economic impacts forecasted on these industries are not so encouraging.
We have identified over 1000 households in the villages of Kariyapatti and Narikudi blocks in Virudhunagar district, including laborers from brick kilns returned from nearby districts and became jobless, in addition to the households with destitute and people with disability, who are unable to find ways and means to fulfill their food requirements.
Out of these 1000 households, we have got an assistance from other Philanthropic institutions and individuals to help 500 families to fulfill their basic food requirements.
With your support, we can assist the remaining 500 families with dry groceries for a month worth of Rs 1500 each.