COVID impacted turn a page with help from Freemasons of Telangana
HYDERABAD, June 24 (The CONNECT) – A teacher turns a tailor, a security-guard takes to tea vendor, an industrial worker becomes a tiffin centre organizer, while a private job holder becomes a carpenter to carpentry. A student wants to do tailoring to earn free for her B.Arch course.
The pandemic has forced many to reinvent the wheel as lives and livelihoods have been severely impacted.
To help the pandemic-hit people, the Telangana unit of global service organisation Freemasonry provided tools to 21 poor, small traders, self-employed, homemakers.
The materials, tool kits, sewing machines, pushcart, material required to start a tiffin centre, tea-stall, carpentry work, electrician work worth Rs 1.10 Lakh distributed in a function held on Thursday on the eve of Universal Brotherhood Day yesterday The tools, implements were distributed under their project called “Gift-A-Livelihood”.
One of the Lodges(Clubs) of Freemasons of Telangana, Lodge Morland donated 3 Syringe Infusion Pumps worth Rs 60,000/- used in ICUs to Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital. Another Lodge, Model gave lifesaving drugs to the needy.
The programme was organized by the three Assistant Regional Grand Masters—Madanmohal Lal, G. Maddulette and D.Ramchandram.
Gift-A-Livelihood, an initiative was launched after the first wave of COVID last year organising six such distribution camps.
Ramchandram said, they received about a thousand calls for help. This reflects how badly small traders, businessmen, tiffin centers, tea- stall owners tradesmen like carpenters, electricians, and others got affected due to the covid. Due to the limited resources, we could only help 21 beneficiaries, he said and promised to help many more in the near future.
Senior Member of Freemasons of Telangana, Vishwanathan Ganeshan explained that the Universal Brotherhood Day is observed to commemorate the formation of Grand Lodge of England when Freemasonry in its present form took shape 304 years ago. Freemasonry has come to Hyderabad in the year 1806.
Organisation members such as P. Veerabhadrudu, G. Ashok Kumar, Sudersan Satyam, Manvendra Mishra, Srinivas Alluri, Vijay Bhaskar Rao, Sagar Gala, Nitin Sinha, Satyajit Tuljapurkar, Krishna Prasad and Vasudeva Rao joined the event.