The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) with financial support and assistance from Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) is facilitating essential food, hygiene and toiletries outreach to 10,000 individuals from impoverished underprivileged backgrounds in Mumbai. These people from informal and unorganised sector consists mainly of migrant daily wage labourers, street vendors, drivers, housemaids, construction site labourers, porters, foodcart vendors, and the like.

This ration-provision will help these marginalised poor to tide over the Lockdown21 and manage till the month-end. The majority of this relief-aid receptor populace live in various fragile slum-shanty dwellings across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. In the 1st distribution, about 500 relief kits were given away from the storage base at the Don Bosvo Matunga Campus. The initial beneficiaries came from the areas of Antop Hill, Maheshwari Udyaan, Wadala and Matunga.

Father Rolvin D’Mello, Executive Director – DBDS with his team of outreach DBDS staff, and volunteers is overseeing yhe entire relief operation. Civic administrative directives of social distancing and other pertinent government compliance are being strictly adhered to. Father D’Mello said, “This is a massive outreach on the part of DBDS and thanks to the timely financial aid from MGL we are doing our best in these trying moments. Yes, there are a few difficulties from certain prying individuals in the vicinity, however, if not reach out in compassion now, then when? Thankfully, all is well thus far."