On April 6, 2020, young adult volunteers from the Sai Study Group Jakarta distributed face masks and essential food items to a group of 120 drivers of a transportation company.
On May 30, 2020, young adults from the Sai Study Group Makassar, prepared 25 care packages of basic food items for people who were facing economic challenges and were vulnerable to the risk of contracting Covid-19.
On April 1, 2020, SSSIO volunteers in Malaysia initiated a new program called SAIRAM COVID to serve the needy who were hit especially hard by the global pandemic by providing monthly provisions to nearly a thousand families around the country.
About four thousand people donated blood in blood donation drives organized by the SSSIO.
SSSIO volunteers in Malaysia adopted ten communities under the Adoption of Communities Program. Despite the pandemic, the volunteers continued to serve over 8,500 people in these communities. More than 130 volunteers served meals, provided dry rations, and also helped local community members set up their own businesses.
More than 550 children from 15 Sai centers around Malaysia participated in a virtual SSE Educare Carnival.
The National Blood Bank, Ministry of Health presented a certificate of recognition to SSSIO Malaysia on June 14, 2020 for its efforts in organizing blood donation drives.
On January 17, 2020, 32 SSSIO volunteers packed 400 bags with essential groceries. The next day, a team of 32 volunteers, including ladies and young adults, distributed 400 bags of groceries to families, including young children and infants, displaced by the Taal volcano that erupted in the Batangas province on January 12, 2020. In addition, sanitary napkins, goggles, blankets, and slippers were also distributed.
On February 8, 2020, more than 30 SSSIO volunteers distributed 33 bags of grocery containing rice, oil, sugar, noodles, milk, cookies and diapers to needy families and the elderly at the Baba House Center in Lopburi.
On February 9 and 15, 2020, members of the Sai Prasanthi Center organized an orientation program and a workshop on Unity and Purity for about 20 people. Each day the program began with Jyoti Meditation.
More than 20 SSSIO volunteers, including 12 members of the Sri Sathya Sai Centers of Maesai and Prasanthi in Thailand worked tirelessly to make and distribute facemasks and shields to the local community for their personal protection during the coronavirus pandemic. Since April 4, 2020, they have distributed over 1,600 face masks to healthcare workers at 15 hospitals with the help of the local post-offices. In addition, face masks were also given to 25 refugee families.
More than 65 people participated in a virtual Buddha Poornima event hosted by the SSSIO in Thailand on May 7, 2020. SSE teachers made a presentation titled In the Realm of Buddha.
On May 6, 2020, SSSIO volunteers celebrated the life of Divine Mother Easwaramma with online programs. Nearly 50 participants, including SSE children, watched ‘Sathya to Sai’, a program on Baba’s life. On May 10, about 85 people participated in a program that included uplifting devotional songs by 44 SSE students.
Every Wednesday, since May 20, 2020, the Ladies Wing of the SSSIO of Thailand provided lunch and dinner to 30 to 80 detainees of an immigration detention center.
Leading up to the 95th Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the SSSIO of Thailand began celebrations on October 4, 2020, when 80 volunteers sang 95 bhajans at the Sai Prasanthi Center. On October 11, 45 SSSIO volunteers celebrated the 34th anniversary of the Rajdamneon Sri Sathya Sai Center, the first center in Thailand. During November 14–15, more than 120 SSSIO members and public joined in a 24-hour devotional singing session (Akhanda Bhajans) in the Sai Prasanthi Center, Bangkok. Between November 22 and 30, 2020, Swami’s Birthday was celebrated at various locations by about 140 people.
Despite the global pandemic, SSSIO volunteers in Thailand continued to serve the needy in numerous ways. They also provided face masks to many local people and refugees in addition to daily provisions. Recognizing this selfless service, the Indian Ambassador, Ms. Suchitra Durai honored the SSSIO for its selfless service during the pandemic. The event was held at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, at the Indian Embassy in Bangkok on January 9, 2021.
The Asian Age Newspaper published an article, recognizing seven exemplary organizations including the SSSIO, for services rendered during the pandemic. The SSSIO was praised for its service activities, which included making and distributing facemasks throughout the country. The SSSIO also supplied food to the unemployed, refugees, and the inmates of detention centers.