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Kerala Flood Relief Fundraiser

Dear Friends,

Our homeland Kerala has been devastated by an unprecedented catastrophe caused by the massive floods that lasted for several weeks. Several hundreds of people have lost their lives while over 700,000 have been rendered homeless or displaced. Tens of thousands of shops and other establishments were destroyed or severely damaged. The floods also significantly hurt the state’s infrastructure by damaging bridges, roads, and buildings resulting in serious hardship to those living in the affected areas. Given the enormous stretch of the affected areas, rebuilding the lives of those affected requires tremendous amount of funds.

How can you help?

Kerala Association of Washington (KAW) is driving a fundraiser to help fight the crisis. KAW has already set aside $10,000 to this fund, and is working with our partners and sponsors to do more. We at KAW humbly request you participate in this drive by generously donating to help rebuild Kerala. 100% of the funds raised will go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. We will send the funds in three batches a) August 31st, b) September 20th, and c) October 20th.

How to Donate?

  1. Use the Donate button on this page to send funds via PayPal to KAW. We will absorb any PayPal transaction fees, so 100% of your donations will go directly towards the cause. You may also write a check to KAW and we will arrange to pick it up.
  2. KAW has partnered with Hindu Temple & Cultural Center (HTCC), Bothell, which is a 501 ( c) (3) charity organization and set up for employer matching at the following companies: Microsoft, Google, Expedia, Apple, Nordstorm, Verizon, Honeywell, Adobe, Bank Of America, T-Mobile, Salesforce, Premera Blue Cross, Visa, Ericsson, F 5 Networks, Cambia Health Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If you would like to contribute to Kerala Relief fund through HTCC, please use any of the following options:
  3. KAW has partnered with Veda Temple, Redmond, which is a 501 ( c) (3) charity organization and set up for employer matching at the following companies: Microsoft, Google, Expedia, Boeing, AT&T, Costco, Salesforce, Nintendo, and GE Medical. If you would like to contribute to Kerala Relief fund through Veda temple, please use any of the following options:
    • Make donation at the Temple counter and mention the reason for donation as Kerala Flood Relief Fund.
    • Write a check to “Vedic Education And Development Academy” and mention “Kerala Flood Relief Fund” in the memo section.
    • Pay online: http://www.vedatemple.org/Default.aspx or use the PayPal link directly
    • For employer matching, please donate using Cultural Activities @ Vedic Education And Development Academy and mention “Kerala Flood Relief Fund” in the memo section.
  4. KAW has partnered with Christian Service Center (CSC), which is a 501 (c) (3) charity organization for this fundraiser. The donations made to CSC are 100% tax deductible, entirely transparent, fully auditable and 100% of it will go to the flood relief fund.
  5. KAW has partnered with St. Thomas Orthodox church, Renton, which is a 501 ( c) (3) charity organization and set up for employer matching by Microsoft. If you would like to contribute to Kerala Relief fund through St. Thomas Orthodox church, please write a check to STOC.

Note: We will arrange to pick up all checks made to any of the above options.

How will be funds be utilized?

  1. Relief Efforts driven directly by KAW - We got a team working on the ground in Kerala under the leadership of a KAW executive committee member to drive relief efforts. They are working directly with the relief camps in figuring out the needs, and sourcing and donating required materials to those camps based on the camp authorities' direct input. They have already made an impact in camps across the worst hit areas in Kerala. KAW is directly funding their efforts.
  2. CMDRF - The rest (which would predictably be the majority of the funds collected) will go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
  3. Other trusted channels - We are on the constant lookout for other trusted channels that would be able to work on the ground and make a direct impact to the relief efforts.

Thank you for helping during the hard times. #STANDWITHKERALA, #DONATEViaKAW

More questions? As always, please email secretary@kaow.org or reach the secretary at 310-292-1302




Our First Fund distribution of Rs.25 lakhs ($36,000) to Chief Minister of Kerala Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan for CMDR Funds

We would like to announce that we have handed over a check of Rs.25 lakhs ($36,000) to Chief Minister of Kerala Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan for CMDR Funds.

KAW EC member, Binu Surendranath presented the check to chief minister yesterday at his office in the presence of Thiruvanathapuram MLA Shri. V.S.Sivakumar.

Thank you for your overwheliming support to raise this fund supporting Kerala Floods Relief efforts. This is only a beginning. Together, we can help rebuild Kerala and bring back smiles to people who have lost everything in this disaster.

Our Fund Raising Efforts