The sudden onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has had an unfortunate fallout on the entire country and the migrant workers and their families have been the hardest hit owing to the loss of daily wages. Many underserved pockets in Karnataka have many smaller vulnerable groups in addition to migrant families. Hence the MJES has taken a lead in providing the construction workers and other poor families with food grains. Provision kits are also distributed to over 200 families of our poor students. Nearly 3000 families will be served with food grains in the coming days as well, in co-ordination with the Mangalore City Corporation as well as the Labour Department.
St. Aloysius College Community Radio Sarang has continued its 16 hours broadcast even during the lockdown. During this time, it has specifically focused on Corona related issues to create awareness among its listeners. Several doctors from Wenlock hospital came to the studio for live phone-in programmes. The psychology department of the College and the Listening Centre have jointly begun a helpline facility called Manottejaka for people to deal with stress. This was initiated in association with Prajna Counselling centre, Mangaluru and Aadyaa Foundation, Bengaluru. Meanwhile, the cutting and sewing trade at SAC ITI is helping the district administration in preparing face masks.