Kerala Flood Relief Efforts: An Update
In August 2018, the state of Kerala witnessed unprecedented flood havoc that killed hundreds and displaced more than a million people. As a school, we rallied to raise funds to help the relief effort and are humbled to share that through contributions from parents and the school team, we collected almost 7 lakh rupees. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of you who supported our efforts and take this opportunity to update you about how the funds are being utilised:
Representatives from the school visited Pallakad district to meet with municipality authorities in order to determine how the money could be channeled toward benefiting those in need. It was decided that the funds would be allocated to the reconstruction of homes for displaced families in Chulliyode, Pallakad.
The families included individuals working as daily wage labourers and cattle rearers – they own the land they live on but lack the means to get back on their feet without support.
A core team of five members was formed to oversee the project. This included 2 engineers, 2 volunteers and the local Municipal Councillor, Ms. Meenakshi T S. An official agreement was signed, and the first instalment amounting to 30% of the total fund was released to begin construction work. A second and third instalment will be released upon the respective submission of progress reports (including photographs) by the contractor. Upon completion of construction, the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries.
As Kerala continues on the path of recovery, we thank the AIS community once again for joining us in helping families who lost everything in the worst tragedy faced by the state in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all the people affected.