Thiruvananthapuram: Manaveeyam Theruvidam, a collective of cultural activists, distributed 1,000 kg rice and green gram to the Ockhi-affected areas of the city as part of their Snehasparsam programme. Aksharamonline, an onli-ne literary magazine, also extended support for the mission called ‘Ariyum Payarum — Manaveeyam Vandi’. Dewaswom and cooperation minister Kadakampally Surendran was present on the occasion. “Although the government is doing everything possible to help Ockhi victims, the social missions by the public is needed to bring back the shores to normality,” he stated.
The rice distribution at Kottappuram, Vizhinjam, was under the guidance of KTDC chairman M. Vijayakumar. The fund for the mission was mobilised by the members of Theruvidam. The venture also marked the kickstart of the Snehasparsam.It plans to extend educational assistance for the children in the affected shores and counsel them and the families. Manaveeyam Theruvidam is a group of socio-cultural activists which functions from Manaveeyam Veedhi’s street library. The collective coordinates various cultural programmes at Manave-eyam Veedhi. The Ockhi mission was coordinated by G.L. Arun Gopi with the participation of cultural activists, including Beena Albert, Nitin Viswan, Kaalu, Mohan Jithu and Adv Shobhana V.P. George.