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Kerala Flood Relief Fundraiser

$39,853 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 198 people in 4 months
Created August 13, 2018


As you may be already aware, the state of Kerala has been bashed with heavy rains and is suffering from catastrophic floods for the last couple of weeks. More than 300 people lost their life and hundreds of thousands have their homes and livelihoods. Close to a million people are living in flood relief camps. For the first time in the history 30+ reservoirs of the Kerala state are opened as they got filled and that caused additional flooding in the downstream areas. The devastation caused is unprecedented and never seen before.  The floods destroyed crops and infrastructure to unthinkable extent. 

At this hard times, Malayalee Association of St. Louis ( www.stlma.org) is organizing this fund raiser to collect donations from the kind hearted St. Louis citizens to support the rehabilitation efforts. Please donate generously!

Malayalee Association of St. Louis is cancelling its Onam celebrations this year, all saved funds will be donated to the flood relief fundraiser. *

News articles about the calamity:

NYTimes 

The Hindu 

CNN 

All funds raised by this fund raiser will be sent to Kerala Chief Minister's  disaster relief fund and/or other reputable charitable organizations conducting flood relief activities. 

NOTE:
The GoFundMe tip that is automatically added when you donate is optional, you should be able to change the tip amount to whatever you like or 0.

Update:


Please find the request from Kerala Cheif Minister attached below. 

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Please reach out to the following Malayalee Association of St. Louis office bearers if you have any questions about this fundraiser. 

Gopal Unnikrishnan (President) - 571 294 9463 
Kishore Sukumaran (Secretary) - 949 680 8942
Edwin Francis (Treasurer) - 413 218 1024
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Photos from the handover ceremony of the smart class room and classroom and office furniture at Govt LP School, Chalakka, North Paravur. This is one of the many projects STLMA is helping with as part of Kerala flood relief efforts. This project was funded 100%($6700 ~ Rs. 5 lac) by donations from the Dhvani Foundation of St. Louis through STLMA. Thank you Dhvani!

The project was executed brilliantly by Licensed Engineers and Supervisors Co-op Society (LESCOS), North Paravur.
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Dear Friends and well wishers,

Thank you for donating generously to this noble cause and sharing it with your friends, we reached the target! We are humbled by the love and care shown by everyone towards the sufferings of the people affected by this calamity.

There are few more donation offers coming in, so we are going to keep the fundraiser live until all of them are received and added to the fundraiser. This fundraiser serves as single, transparent view of all donations STLMA is receiving for this cause, including the donations coming outside the GoGundMe platform.

We starting to work on distributing the funds collected to appropriate beneficiaries. The fundraiser was started with Kerala CMs disaster fund as the main beneficiary, but we received suggestions from many donors and community members about exploring options for finding eligible direct beneficiaries in addition to CMs fund. The STLMA Committee is discussing this option, we will share once we make a final decision on this.

Regarding the current status in Kerala, flood waters have receded in most places, except some areas of Alappuzha district. Damage caused to houses, businesses, public places and infrastructure are estimated to be around 20, 000 crore rupees. Currently people are trying to dig out and clean their houses and businesses. The cleaning process could take couple of months and many more months for affected people to come back to their normal life. The rebuilding is going to take months or years and requiring huge amount of effort and money.

We are trying to do our best to make sure the donations received are used to be best possible extend. Will keep you all posted on utilization of the funds received. You should start seeing them in couple of weeks.

Thanks & Regards
STLMA Committee
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Here is an update on the current status of Kerala Flood:

After two weeks, finally heavy rains have eased or stopped in most parts of Kerala. Water is starting to recede in many heavily flooded areas revealing the almost total loss of property and infrastructure. Rescue operations are nearing completion. Army, Navy, local government officials and every citizen of the Kerala are coming together without the barriers of religion, caste, political affiliation, class or status and working together to do whatever they can help the affected people. Donations and support is pouring in from many states of India and every corner of the world. In severely affected areas. most families lost every thing, have to start from scratch. Rebuilding the infrastructure is a mammoth task!

Since the flood impacts turned out to be much worse that initially thought, we are increasing the target of this fundraiser, to bring in the maximum donations and support possible.

Thank you all for the generous support for this cause!
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Dear Friends, Well wishers,

As you may be aware, the flood situation is getting worse. The rains are still continuing, dams are getting opened wider, the flood waters covering more area. Mud slides and other accidents are killing scores of people every day. Property and infrastructure damage is unthinkable. Many major roads and bridges are under water or damaged, trains traffic is severely affected, Kochin international airport is flooded and closed, disrupting travel almost completely.

Here are some news article about the situation in Kerala:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-rain-floods-heavy-rain-live-updates/article24695407.ece

https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/kerala-toll-reaches-87-massive-rescue-operation-underway-1.3064423

https://english.manoramaonline.com/news/kerala/2018/08/16/kerala-floods-rain-landslides-live-updates.html

A big thank you for all who already donated, if
you haven't yet please come forward to donate and share this fundraiser to all your friends and colleagues to raise maximum support for the affected people.

Lets pray for every one in Kerala and hope that this misery ends soon!

Thanks
STLMA Committee
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Raised by 198 people in 4 months
Created August 13, 2018
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