Covid-19 : Our Very Own First Responders

As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the world, the Good Shepherd missions and their affiliated organisations in various countries have been mobilising help to marginalised communities – migrant workers, undocumented persons, refugees, poor families of daily wage earners – who are most affected by the restrictions imposed by the lockdown in their respective countries.

With help from some governments, as well as generous donors and benefactors, and in collaboration with other non-government organisations and charity bodies, Good Shepherd Sisters and partners in mission have been sourcing and distributing basic food and essentials

In India, especially, where domestic migration is huge, the lockdown caused thousands of people stranded and unable to travel back to their homes. Good Shepherd Sisters mobilised their teams in the various states to extend help.

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Here in Malaysia, Global Shepherds and Good Shepherd Services, with funds donated by World Vision, distributed food packs to migrant families and under-privileged families, most living in the far-flung villages of Keningau and Putatan, in rural Sabah. They made several visits at different times, covering a different area each time. Distribution of the food packs was aided by the respective CLCs (Community Learning Centres).

First step : buying

2nd step : loading 

3rd step : distribution

 


YPC Sabah kindly donated buns for the migrant families in Keningau and Putatan.

Good Shepherd Services, in responding to the crisis situation faced by vegetable farmers in Kundasang, bought their vegetables to process it into kimchi and this was included in the food packs that were distributed to students and communities in need. Kimchi is the best way to preserve the vegetables and promotes good health.

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Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur, Global Shepherds has been sending out basic food supplies to the Somalian Women Refugee community, many of whose husbands are out of work as they are daily wage earners and have since been out of a job.

The teams also faced certain obstacles, when it was announced that NGOs are not allowed to do the distribution of food themselves. All supplies had to be dropped off at a central location and distribution would be managed by the Welfare Department (JKM). Thankfully, the process worked itself out, albeit with extra procedures that was needed to be taken by the NGOs, like registering with JKM before commencing distribution.


Thanks to JKM lending their muscle power to our MDP team doing their rounds to the migrant communities!

 

The journey has not been easy, and its not over yet. Our teams have gone out at their own risk but we will continue to extend our services to the vulnerable communities and those in need.

*Note: At the time of writing, the Movement Control Order in Malaysia, scheduled to end on 28 April, had just been extended for another 2 weeks