Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet
Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet
A branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math, Dist Howrah, Howrah, West Bengal 711202

Relief  & Service Activity

“I should see God in the poor and it is for my salvation that I go and worship them. The poor and the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord, coming in the shape of the distressed, coming in the shape of lunatic, the Leprosy afflicted person. Bold are my words and let me repeat that it is the greatest privilege in our lives that we are allowed to serve the lord in all these shapes.”
– Swami Vivekananda

The Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama, Ponnampet, has been actively engaged in relief and service activities, particularly during times of crisis and need.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the organization distributed dry ration bags and cooked food to needy families. A total of Rs. 23,28,603/- was spent on pandemic relief efforts in the year.

The relief distribution included essential items such as rice, lentils, cooking oil, onions, salt, sugar, potatoes, flour, biscuits, coconut, and hygiene products like soap, detergent, face masks, sanitizers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. These provisions were distributed among 19,428 families from April 3, 2020, to July 31, 2020.

Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama distributed Rice 2450 Kgs, Toor Dal 4876 Kgs, Sambar powder – 1147 Kgs, Cooking Oil 2630.5 Lts, Onion 2730 Kgs, Salt – 5255 Kgs, Sugar – 5261 Kgs, Potato - 2860  Kgs, Semolina - 2767 Kgs, Flour - 2537 Kgs, Biscuits (130 gms pkt) - 5475,  Cocunut - 131 nos, Green Gram - 2498 Kgs, Jaggery - 2290 Kgs, Peanuts - 2420 Kgs, Pumpkin - 18175 Kgs, Cabbage - 1100 Kgs, Cucumber - 140 Kgs, Bath Soap - 6668 pieces, Detergent Powder ( 250 gms)- 5761 packets,  Face Mask - 4430 numbers, Sanitizers (50 ml) - 128 bottles, Tooth paste (50 gm) - 500 Tubes, Tooth brush - 500 pieces,  Coconut oil (100 ml) - 500 bottles,  vaseline jelly - 500, Detergent Cake - 500 pieces, Scrubber - 500 pieces between 03 April 2020 to 31 July 2020.

In addition to the pandemic relief efforts, the Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama also conducted relief work during the Kodagu floods in 2018 and 2019. Economic rehabilitation work was carried out in the affected areas of Madapura and Ponnampet. As part of this effort, a multipurpose hall was constructed in the Madapura Government Model Primary School. The hall serves as a cyclone shelter and is utilized by the local community for various purposes.

Other completed projects include supplying sewing machines to flood-affected tailoring trainees, providing solar water heaters to flood victims who lost their homes, and constructing a multipurpose hall in Madapura. These initiatives aim to support the affected communities and provide them with necessary resources for their livelihoods and well-being.

Following Projects were completed:-

1.     Construction of Multipurpose Hall in GMP School, Madapura at an Cost of Rs. 27 Lakhs.

2.    Supplying Sewing Machines to flood affected Tailoring Trainees (40 students per batch) at a cost of Rs. 6000/- each Trainee & Teacher’s salary upto March 2021. Totally  Rs. 64000/- was spent.

3.    Installation of Solar Water Heaters (100 litres capacity) to Flood victims who have lost their dwelling houses.  Recently the Government has handed over the new houses constructed by them to the Flood victims. We  supplemented with this device to these Flood victims who are allotted with houses by the Government which is going to have lasting effect due to regular disruption in the power supply. -  50 Solar water heaters were provided.

Through these relief and service activities, the Sri Ramakrishna Sharadashrama demonstrates its commitment to serving those in need, following the teachings and ideals of Swami Vivekananda. By seeing God in the poor and marginalized, the organization strives to alleviate their suffering and bring about positive change in their lives.