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Housing Project to #RebuildKerala
land of Kerala (southernmost state of India), famously
referred as "God's own Country" is reeling under the
aftermath of unprecedented rainfall and devastating
floods, the worst in over a century. It is estimated
that the floods may have caused over Rs. 19,500 crores
(~ USD 3 + billion) worth of damages, destroying homes,
roads, bridges and huge tracts of farmland. As per the
Government of Kerala, it has killed more than 400 people, displaced more than 700,000 people
and 11,000 lost their houses.
While the water has receded, thousands of these people
are living in hut like temp shelters.
While we are in the final stages of
phase 1, CMDRF support, we are shifting focus into
Phase 2 of #RebuildKerala efforts. In this phase we are
directly assisting the affected families by either
building them a small, but secured, house or repair
their heavily damaged houses. The new houses built are
of 450 sq ft, consisting of one bedroom, hall and
kitchen. We cap our support at Rs 4 lakhs (appx $6000).
So far we have received close to 50 requests
from the districts of Thrissur and Ernakulam and few
more expected from the districts of Alapuzha and Idukki.
As the first set we have chosen around 20 families based
on the family situation. Priority was given to families
with elderly people (65+), special needs, serious
illnesses like cancer, families with daughters,
phycological issues, etc. We had two fundraisers to
support this: 'Seattle
Sings for Kerala' and 'Microsoft
Give Poker Tournament'. Together we raised $50,000+
and construction has started for 8 houses.
Our target is to raise $200,000 by December
31st. The plan, estimate and current living conditions
of some of these families can be found below. Would you
like to be part of this project?
Use the button below and donate using PayPal
Giving Fund. (PayPal Giving Fund will absorb all the
credit card fees associated and will issue receipt for
tax purposes or company matching).
For more details,
please reach out to -
Ashley Elenjickal (425) 273-6021
Sajith Balan (425) 599-6801
Santhosh Nair (425) 770-2595
These are some of the
families waiting for your generosity.
Rukmani, 68 years widow, lives with her daughter and two
Shanta, 65 years widow, lives with her 36 years old
Sathyan, fisherman, lives with his mother, wife and two
Ali, single mother and daily wager, lives with her twin
of the proposed plans for a 450 sq ft, 1 bedroom,
kitchen, hall house. The expense is around Rs 4.5 lakhs.
See the expense estimate
1.How are beneficiaries
We have received more than 50
requests so far from heavily affected area’s MLA office
or ward member office. From these we have chosen 25
-Elderly people (age above
-Cancer or similar life
2.Won’t these families get
help from the Govt?
Nobody knows that yet. Even if
Govt is doing something, it will take its own course of
time. Families with critical needs may not be able to
wait that long.
3.There are some funds
coming from the govt. Will the beneficiaries get double
We are doing every effort for
this not to happen. We will be distributing funds only
with the knowledge of local panchayaths. Govt funds are
routed through panchayaths. Panchayaths will make sure
beneficiaries are not paid through multiple channels.
4.Who will carry out the
In each location, there is a
group of masons, carpenters, roof builders, etc. They
will be monitored either by Care & Share Kerala Chapter
members or our point of contact.
5.How much will it cost to
To completely rebuild a house of
450 SF, it will cost somewhere between Rs 4.5 lakhs to 6
lakhs depending upon the location. We will cap our
support to Rs 4 lakhs (appx $6,000)