A group of Catholic students in Bangladesh has launched a food distribution project to assist low-income families affected by the new coronavirus pandemic.
Current and former members of the Bangladesh Catholic Students Movement (BCSM) from St. Joseph’s Khulna unit initiated the project.
Hubert Sony Ratna, a development worker and former president of St. Joseph's BCSM Unit in Khulna, said his group was able to distribute food to 300 families in the past 33 days.
He said the students started the project using their own money to help poor unemployed people in Rupsha and Sadar in Khulna area.
Encouraged by the initiative, other groups joined the project, including Catholic church groups, Caritas, and even former members of BCSM abroad.
The groups were able to distribute rice, potatoes, salt, oil, and soap.
"We are delivering the food bags to their homes based on a list of poor people," said Ratna, adding that there is still a lot of demand for food.
Most residents in the area who benefited from the project are day laborers.
"We are trying our best to help the poorest people," said Father Ananda Mondal, parish priest of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Khulna. - Father Nikhil Gomes