Dimapur, April 10: The Diocese of Kohima, initiated its response to COVID-19 pandemic in the second week of March 2020 by carrying out sensitization programmes on prevention of Coronavirus.
Prior to the lockdown announced by the Union Government, the Church reached out to 27 communities and 8 educational institutions through the Development Association of Nagaland (DAN) which is the Social Mission of the Catholic Church in Nagaland.
The Development Association of Nagaland further coordinated the production and distribution of face masks and hand sanitizers in collaboration with the St. Xavier’s Church and College, Jalukie, CMC Provincial House, Dimapur, St. Thomas Church, Tuensang and Nazereth School Pfutsero, St. Joseph’s Church, Chumukedima and St. Joseph’s Church, Niuland as well as volunteers and staff of the organization. Nearly 1500 units of face mask and 600 units hand washes have been distributed free of cost.
In response the economic crisis arising out of the lockdown situation, the Diocese and DAN has been working in close collaboration with the state and district administrative machinery in reaching relief supplies to the people in need.
Over 300 families, 65 stranded students and 102 migrant labourershave been reached out with supplies of essential commodities in the districts of Dimapur, Peren, Phek and Tuensang.
Director, DAN, Rev Fr S Charles said the support initiatives are in progress in collaboration with the various catholic centres in different districts of Nagaland.
The Social Mission of the Church expressed gratitude to the administration, organizations and individuals for their collaboration and support in its initiatives. (Page News Service)