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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




Update [11/13/2018] - Our Second Fund distribution of ~ Rs.11 lakhs ($16,000) to the deserving families in Kerala who were severely affected

We started distributing the funds to the deserving families in Kerala who were severely affected. The details are as follows.

Funds Summary: We collected $61,000 (~ Rs.42.7 lakhs) in total funds through various initiatives. Out of that, we donated $36,000 (Rs.25 lakhs) to Chief minister’s funds in August. As announced previously, our plan is to distribute the remaining amount directly to support the projects that help rebuild one family at a time. The table below shows a quick summary of the requests we received and the approved amounts.

EC team reviewed all the cases thoroughly to ensure that KAW can obtain the necessary documentation required for auditing purposes and to ensure that significant portion of the work can be completed using KAW funds.

We plan to disburse the money for the approved cases in the next couple of weeks. We will continue to review all other requests and will work towards disbursing the remaining funds for those cases. Please write to secretary@kaow.org, if you have questions or cases that you would like KAW to review and support. Thank you again, we really appreciate all your support and generosity to rebuild Kerala.

Approved Requests

  1. Eshaya Babu, Maramon, Kottayam (House Reconstruction): Eshaya Babu lost his house completely during the recent floods. He is 58 years old and an Asthma patient. His only son is mentally challenged, doing small jobs to meet the ends. They currently live in a school auditorium; this request is to support the rebuilding of their house. We allocated 50% of the expected cost for rebuilding the house from KAW funds. The remaining amount will be raised by the NGO organization who made this request from Kerala.
    KAW Member Contact: Philip Chacko
    Amount Allocated: $2500 (Rs.175,000)
  2. Thankamma Kesavan, Muttintepurathu, Chengannur (Financial Support): Thankamma and her husband are daily wage workers. Thankamma is also a heart patient and have limited capability to work. Their house damaged during floods and took away the limited opportunities to find jobs. The request is to provide financial support for immediate medical needs as well as to help support the day to day life.
    KAW Member Contact: PM Mathew
    Amount Allocated: $1000 (Rs. 70,000)
  3. Mariyamma Ommen, Kuzhikkala P.O. (House Reconstruction): Mariyamma is a widow and lost her house in the floods. She currently lives in a rental house fully supported by her neighbors. She makes a living by doing small domestic help at neighboring houses. This request is to help rebuild the house and enable her to live her own.
    KAW Member Contact: Renjith Sasidharan Nair
    Amount Allocated: $3000 (Rs.210,000)
  4. Omana Rajasekaran, Thiruvilla (Financial Support):Omana is a widow (her husband passed away during previous flood) and had 3 cows to make livelihood for her and for two of her kids. But during the recent flood, she lost all her cows, cattle shed and partially damaged her house. The request is to provide financial help to buy the cows and setup the cattle shed.
    KAW Member Contact: PM Mathew
    Amount Allocated: $1000 (Rs. 70,000)
  5. Santhosh Kumar, Ravi Villasam, East Othera (Financial Support): Santhosh was a sales man in Bhramin’s food product and his family was fully dependable on him. Unfortunately, they got affected in flood and after that Santhosh was diagnosed with TB. Now he is not able to work, and the family is trying hard to recoup. Request is to extend the immediate financial support for the family to take care of themselves while trying to find a long-term option for his job.
    KAW Member Contact: PM Mathew
    Amount Allocated: $1000 (Rs. 70,000)
  6. Thankachi Raju, Kidangara, Alappuzha (House Reconstruction): Thankachi Raju lost her house fully destroyed during the recent floods. She does domestic help at neighbor’s houses to make her livelihood. We allocated 65% of the expected cost from KAW funds, and plan to raise the rest from friends and family circles.
    KAW Member Contact: Joe Jacob Thomas
    Amount Allocated: $2600 (Rs. 182,000)
  7. Maintenance of 8 Houses in Mattor Village, Ernakulam: In Mattoor village, Ernakulam many of the houses got severely damaged due to flood. Most of them need concreting of floor, replacement of doors and electrical cabling etc. All of them are daily wage workers and not in a situation to do the repairing works without financial assistance from external sources. After the flood, most of them were not having any job and was struggling to clean the houses. Besides some of them got hospitalized due to various types of fevers also. This request is to help support repair their houses that got damaged in one colony in Mattor Village.
    • Shaji KT (Kattan House), Pariyaram P.O. Chalakudy
    • Mariamkutty Thekkumthala (H), Chathan kayi Padam Colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Mariamkutty Souru, Pallath(H), Chathan kayi Padam Colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Surendran Venkidikkal, Chathan kayi Padam Colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Mary Augusthy, Elanjikkal ( H), Thuramuttam colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Rosy Souru, Elanjikkal ( H), Thuramuttam colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Biju Kanjilakkadan, Thuramuttam colony, Mattoor, Kalady
    • Umesh Ullas( Thaikkoottathil house, Nayathodu po, Angamaly)

    KAW Member Contact: George Parappuram
    Amount Allocated: $4500 (Rs. 315,000)
  8. Rema Shivan (Financial Help): Rema is the bread winner for their household. She used to sell cow's milk. Her husband does not have a steady job and her son is studying in polytechnic and daughter is looking for a job now. She had 2 cows and had couple of goats. She lost all of them in the flood. She has a small house in a 4-cent plot. The house and their stable is badly damaged in the flood. House is repaired to some extend by some of the good souls in their neighborhood. The request is to purchase a new cow to help with her livelihood.
    KAW Member Contact: Rajesh Kartha
    Amount Allocated: $400 (Rs. 28,000)

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