Kerala Flood Recovery Fund

Update: Recovery is underway in Kerala as the water recedes and families are returning from relief camps to see everything they owned under ruins.  With the funds raised thus far, we have selected three underserved families ($500 per family) in partnership with local Govt. authorities. CEMPOS will visit these families on Saturday (1st of September) and verify credentials and provide support next week itself.  While Kerala waits for Govt. aid, this is the most effective way to get families back on track that are otherwise in a helpless situation.

Kerala needs our help!  
The Times of India reports that over 1 Million people have been displaced from their homes and many lives have been lost due to the torrential rain causing flooding and landslides. Rebuilding 'Gods Own Country' will require significant efforts from across borders and sectors.  Once the water recedes and the media coverage ends, it’s the underserved people of Kerala that are left behind with no means to rebuild their livelihoods. It's up to us to help them!

This fundraiser in partnership with CEMPOS Trust (Centre of Excellence in Managerial, Professional and Organizational Strengthening) is focused on assisting poor families to restart their living by providing a comprehensive support package for immediate recovery. Specifically, the funds will be utilized to help build back families in the following ways:

1. Human support to clear debris and do minor house repairs
2. Cots, Mattresses, Bed sheets, Pillows (2 per family)
3. Basic Kitchen Supply - Stove, Kitchen utensils, and cooking vessels
4. Assistance to buy lost domestic cattle to restart income generating enterprise 

The per unit cost for a family to rebuild is ~$500. Our goal is to reach 20 families in the first phase of fundraising. The final list of families will be prepared in consultation with local self-government institutions to ensure that we select them strictly based on need and that no family gets support from more than one source.

CEMPOS Trust is a development organization, catering to the growth dreams of undeveloped, underdeveloped and developing individuals and organizations. CEMPOS addresses skill enhancement, economic support and growth needs of individuals and organizations for enhanced income, employment and competence. 

In my day job, I work with developing countries to build stronger health systems including managing funds for disaster response.  As someone who is familiar with disaster recovery, I understand the lack of transparency in fundraising especially when it comes with a sense of urgency. I have worked with CEMPOS in the past on financial sustainability programs to empower women in Kerala.  I plan to oversee this project alongside them to ensure that your funds go directly to disaster response.  

Once the funds for relief camps come to an end,  a significant number of families will fall well below the poverty line having lost everything in this disaster.  Our goal is to help them recover as quickly as possible.   Please consider funding this effort to build back Kerala in a sustainable way!

This fundraiser would not have been possible without the generous support of the following organizations:
Assist International,  CEMPOS Trust  and The MFL .

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  • Loren Abebe 
    • $100 
    • 36 mos
  • The MFL 
    • $914 
    • 37 mos
  • Quyen Chu 
    • $1,000 
    • 38 mos
  • Neha Misra 
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
  • Antoinette Balta 
    • $500 
    • 38 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Asha Varghese 
Raised $3,742 from 25 donations
Chicago, IL
Assist International Inc. 
The MFL 
Team member
Raised $1,675 from 9 donations
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