Chennai, a vibrant Indian metropolis with 6 million people is in the middle of its worst crisis faced with torrential rains on a scale not experienced in over 100 years. The city is deluged, people stranded, pushed out of their homes , and fighting for survival. Almost 200 people have lost their lives, and one of the largest cities in India has been declared a disaster zone, with the Indian Army, and local disaster relief professionals & common citizen volunteers aiding the relief effort. Thousands of relief workers are battling nature, infrastructure challenges and trying to rescue as many people as they can.
I am starting this fund to raise money to directly donate to 3 Public Relief organizations currently on the ground trying to assist and rehabilitate the populace.
The city has shown its character, its resolve and its spirit to help, aid people across the board, and this contribution (albeit small) will go a long way in helping them save more. Chennai's resilience and display of humanity : http://thelogicalindian.com/news/watch-how-a-group-of-chennaites-formed-a-human-chain-to-save-man-from-drowning/http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/namma-chennai?utm_term=.ufqpx5lpR#.kv2M9RzM8
Let us do what we can at our end to make sure the city and the people are back on their feet soon.
And I personally dedicate this song (showcases what Chennai is all about) to everyone who donates. We are all Chennaiites today :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKMyYO2g6Fc
(Courtesy: Anirudh Ravichandar)
All proceeds will go to the following three organizations involved in the relief efforts in the beautiful city of Chennai. These organizations have been independently vetted by various news organizations, and relief workers on the ground as people doing critical relif work in Chennai:
All the organizations below have been thoroughly vetted, and have the relevant certifications/compliance to accept international transfers from us: Bhoomika Trust (Contribute to the initiative started by RJ Balaji and Siddharth, who have spearheded the response on the ground):http://bhoomikatrust.org/Chennai Blue Cross (To make sure the animals have a fighting chance of survival and rebuild the shelter they run): http://bluecrossofindia.org/
World Vision Flood Relief (To assist rehabilitation efforts in Cuddalore/Chennai): https://www.worldvision.in/chennaifloods
WomenOfWorth (Directly help a rehabilitation center supporting 300 young girls with flood relief supplies): http://womenofworth.in/nov-2015-wows-chennai-flood-relief/
In addition to the organizations above, we will be making smaller contributions on a need basis to impactful projects that come our way, after our throrough vetting process.
Thank you everyone for your generosity,
For further questions or concerns: https://twitter.com/SharatGaneshhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/sharatganeshhttps://www.facebook.com/sharat.ganeshAbout the Organizer and more information about the campaign:
I am Sharat Ganesh, a technology professional working in San Jose, USA. My entire family is in Chennai, and I did my undergraduate education there as well. I am trying to do what little I can merely facilitating and channeling funds from the United States and other countries towards this cause. I narrowed down on the list of places to donate to from various verified news sources, and through my friends who are actually involved in relief work on the ground in Chennai. I have 3 organizations listed above, and the funds will be equally divided among all three, and I will be performing a wire transfer through XOOM, or make payments to the raised amount via my debit account once the campaign closes. The funds once made available to the NGO's listed above, will then further be utilized by them to provide relief, and buy supplies for people on the ground.