07/29/2020, 16.40
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Caritas Pakistan hands out kits to women against COVID-19

by Shafique Khokhar

The Catholic charity gives women psychosocial kitchen gardening kits, which include seeds, as well as hygiene and health kits, which include hand washing and other tips against the coronavirus.

Karachi (AsiaNews) – Since the start of the lockdown, Caritas Karachi has been helping and supporting poor and needy families and individuals.

On Monday, as part of its COVID-19 emergency response programme, the Catholic charity provided 25 hygiene kits and 25 psychosocial kitchen gardening kits to vulnerable and poor women in St Michael’s parish, in the Archdiocese of Karachi, in order to help the weakest and poorest families cope with the COVID-19 lockdown.

Before the kits were handed out, the beneficiaries took part in a health and hygiene session, that included tips on hand washing.

Events of this sort are designed to raise awareness of the pandemic. However, this but one issue among many. In fact, 53,000 children under the age of five die every year in Pakistan from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation.

The psychosocial kitchen gardening kits include various summer vegetable seeds, organic compost and a kitchen gardening booklet. The Caritas Pakistan hygiene and health kit provided information about hand washing and other precautions against the coronavirus.

In his presentation of the programme, Caritas social mobiliser Javed Iqbal said that kitchen gardening kits were handed out to dispel the fears and stress caused by the lockdown. Growing food at home can help people who lost their job or have money problems.

Caritas executive secretary Mansha Noor noted that after months of the lockdown, the needs of low-income people in Pakistan continue to rise, not only in terms of health care but also psychosocial support and well-being.

The Caritas kitchen gardening kits can promote psychosocial well-being among women through gardening during the lockdown in Karachi.

Noor stressed that, because of the coronavirus, social distancing must be maintained in order to protect oneself, one’s family and other members of the community.

Once the presentation was over, the kitchen gardening kits and the Caritas health kits were distributed among women.

One of the women, Shazia Asif, thanked Caritas for the kitchen gardening kits to grow summer vegetables and how to cope with the lockdown.

Rukhsana Bashir pointed out that COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly worldwide.

The Caritas programme raised awareness among all beneficiaries that washing hands thoroughly with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

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