Mission K2K: A humanitarian initiative of ICYM Mangalore to help the flood victims

Mangalore: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

I have always heard of some people saying “Our youth are not responsive to the problems in the society. They are always interested in fun, entertainment and partying. They do not come to the mainstream of society”. But negating these statements, from the recent years, the programs and initiatives taken by the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) of Mangalore Diocese have made everyone place finger on their noses. Interreligious harmony gatherings, Rangu Rangina Thangudhana (Bus Stand cleaning drive), providing drinking water to the flood victims in Tamilnadu, Red Drop Campaign (Blood Donation at any time to the needy), Grow Green Initiative, Dhristi Campaign (Eye Donation Drive), distribution of blankets to the slum areas of Mangalore are the best examples of their noble gestures that they have shown towards the society. To add to this list is their recent initiative to help the flood victims of Kerala and Kodagu named Mission K2K (Kudla to Kerala, Kodagu).

Mission K2K was started by the central council members of ICYM Mangalore Diocese with the thought of arranging Boiled rice to the flood victims in Kerala on 16th August 2018 and now has become a popular channel to the people of goodwill to extend their helping hands to the struggling flood victims. “Boiled rice, biscuits, groceries, tetra packed milk, clothes, sanitary pads, diapers and other non-perishable goods are flowing in to the ICYM Central Council office at Jeppu in a faster pace. To add to this list, there are items collected by the ICYM members throughout the Diocesan churches which will be brought to the ICYM Diocesan office at Jeppu by the noon of 20th August and then will be sent through Caritas India to the flood victims of Kerala and Kodagu” says Rev. Fr Ronald Prakash Dsouza, the Diocesan ICYM Director.

With no much pomp, as these ICYM initiatives are turning to be a blessing to the society, our help in their ventures is always needed to them to accomplish their humanitarian mission because as quoted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.

Anyone who wishes to contribute towards Mission K2K are requested to drop the items (preferably Soaps, Sanitary Pads, Bath towels, Water bottles, Cereals, Tea Bags, Tetra Packed Milk, any other non-perishable items) at the ICYM Diocesan office, Yuvajyothi, Olivet House, near St Antony Ashram, Jeppu, Mangalore by 20th August, 3pm. For any queries you may contact ICYM Director Rev. Fr. Ronald P. Dsouza (9845585031) or ICYM President Jaison Pereira (9901936789). 

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