The Divine Mercy Prayer Group’s service for this Diwali included distribution of new clothing, meals and sweets for the poorest of the poor and their ongoing support for six to seven ashrams/homes for the physically and mentally challenged and the elderly.
The team visited adivasis and dalits who have been oppressed for centuries. Though hard to believe in the 21st century, advancement in technology and modernization have completely failed to touch the lives of these people. Even the primary schools established by the government in these remote areas are often forced to close due to the vested interest of certain individuals/groups that would like to keep these communities repressed. Living in subhuman conditions, and often barely getting a meal a day, many of these children may never have owned new clothing or eaten sweets and delicacies that we associate with the celebration of diwali. For the very rich the ‘festival of lights’ allows them to show off their wealth through lavish expenditure, parties and gifts; for the middle and the lower classes, it is an annual celebration highlighted by price markdowns and festivities but for those crushed under the weight of extreme poverty, it is like any other day of their lives. The DMPG targets these communities in particular that live below the poverty line, that lack even the most basic necessities of life. Under the divine guidance of His Holiness Mahaperiyava, the members of the team visited such communities near Trichy and Nilagiri districts to assess their requirements and on the 17th of October distributed new clothes to all the children. Pre-packaged meals and sweets were also distributed to all of the community. The joy and wonderment in the eyes of these children as they received their gifts were the best reward that the members of the DMPG cherish the most!