News Media: Kerala Floods
Sewa’s Partner Resuscitates
Kodagu Disaster Victim’s Wedding Plan
When bride to be Manjula, and her family saw a part of the hill sliding towards their home in Emmettalu in Mekkanduru, Kodagu (Karnataka, India) they immediately rushed out of their home – with only the clothes they wore but a strong will power to live. Sheltered in a relief camp, though most wedding preparations were already done, Manjula’s family were contemplating postponing it since they had nothing left now. But Sewa’s partner organization Sevabharathi, with support from other organizations, friends, and well-wishers came to their rescue.
On Sunday, August 26, Manjula tied the knot with Rajith, who is from Kerala. Forgetting their pains and sorrows of the harrowing landslides, over 500 guests attended the marriage to bless the couple. “We had nothing and now, seeing this, I am so happy”, said an emotional Manjula.
Sevabharathi is working on another wedding in Kodagu, planned for September 12. Kudos to these dedicated volunteers.
Flood Havoc in Kerala, India: Sewa International Announces $10,000 Relief Aid
Houston, TX (August 16, 2018): Sewa International President, Prof. Sree Sreenath announced an immediate grant of $10,000 toward flood relief in the South Indian state of Kerala. Heavy monsoon rains have led to unprecedented flood damage bringing ten of the fourteen districts in the state under water. Seventy-five people have lost their lives, and more than 60,000 people are lodged in relief camps under trying conditions.
Sewa International in the US, along with its India partner, Deseeya Seva Bharathi Keralam, is involved in rescue and relief operations, and volunteers have fanned out distributing food packets and cooking kits, and are opening free kitchens and medical camps to help the flood affected. As there is an urgent need for water purifiers, packed food, utensils for cooking, blankets, first aid kits, toiletries, flashlights, mosquito nets, backpacks, etc., an urgent call went out from Sewa International for donations.
Swadesh Katoch continued, “Given the immediate need for help, we decided to release $10,000 in our first tranche of funds toward flood relief. We are in regular contact with our India partner, and our volunteers are joining hands with other relief agencies to provide as much help as we can in this hour of need. We have experience in providing disaster recovery around the world, and we will work hard to get people the help they need.”
For further information, please contact: Swadesh Katoch at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 1-404-935-8893.
Photo 2: Relief being delivered by boats to flooded communities by Sewa International partner Deseeya Seva Bharati Keralam volunteers.
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