TARUD distrubutes 420 bags of rice to families in Gunjur
Trust Agency For Rural Development (TARUD) today distributed four hundred and twenty bags of rice to underprivileged families in the coastal settlement of Gunjur as part of relief efforts in the current state of emergency declared in the country as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The distribution of the bags of rice came through the support of the Marlborough Brandt Group (MBG’s) retired director, Dr Nick Maurice who spearheaded an Emergency Fund set up to support the poorest members of the Gunjur community who will suffer greatly as a result of the COVID-9 pandemic, in collaboration with MBG.
The move came on the hills of a meeting held between the Gunjur Alkali and the council of elders, the VDC, LWB, GDA and TARUD on 31st March 2020. At the meeting, we had a meeting with the team, a seven member task force/response committee was constituted. The team was tasked with the responsibility of assessing abject poor families and rank them based on the levels of poverty (ability and frequency of buying a bag of rice, daily ration purchase - per cup buying from the shop and how often is this done, the ability to provide minimum of 2 square meals per day, family or household head - M/F, family size, means of living, other livelihood activities, sources of income if any and other measure of variables.
Today’s distribution of rice to these families is a welcomed development given the state of emergency declared by the government to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.