Published: 20th August 2018
Indian NGO in America raises over $10,000 for Kerala floods
On their Facebook page, they have appealed to Indian-Americans to open their hearts, and wallets to help them help the people in distress
Sewa International, an Indian non-profit organisation in America, has raised over $ 10,000 for the flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, the organisation said in a statement.
Fresh from the painful memories of hurricane Harvey just a year back in Houston, Sewa International immediately rose to the occasion by setting an immediate goal of raising $ 100,000 for the relief operations, along with its India partner, Deseeya Seva Bharati Keralam, it said.
Over 5,000 Sewa volunteers are distributing food packets and cooking kits, and are opening free kitchens and medical camps to help the flood affected.
"Given the immediate need for help, we decided to release $ 10,000 in our first tranche of funds toward flood relief. We are in regular contact with our India partner, and our volunteers are joining hands with other relief agencies to provide as much help as we can in this hour of need," Swadesh Katoch, Director Disaster Relief said.
On their Facebook page they have appealed Indian-Americans to open their hearts, and wallets to help them help the people in distress. Meanwhile, Houstonians originally from Kerala, who were preparing for Onam have cancelled all festivities.
"Such festivities hold little appeal when friends and family in Kerala are losing homes and loved ones in catastrophic flooding. Even though the water has started receding, the recent flooding has killed hundreds of people and displaced hundreds of thousands," said Biju Pillai, President of the Sri Guruvayurappan Temple in Houston.