Kerala Floods: Humanitarian gestures

Kerala Floods: Humanitarian gestures


The worst seems to be over. At least one hopes so. The sun is out shining and people look relieved. Rehabilitation has begun on a war footing. Many stories are surfacing of the human spirit that helped Kerala victims in this tragedy. Small or big every help rendered counts and restores faith in mankind.

A 9 year old girl Anupriya from Villipuram, Tamilnadu, donated her four year’s savings for Kerala Relief. The little girl had been saving it up diligently to buy herself a bicycle. However after seeing the flood havoc and destruction on TV, this girl with a heart of gold decided to give it all away for this noble cause. The money amounted to around nine thousand rupees and her spontaneous gesture won hearts and accolades.

Hero Cycles taking note of this donation has announced that they will give Anupriya a brand new cycle. In its official Twitter account the company wrote ‘Dear Anupriya, we appreciate your gesture to support humanity in the hour of need. You would get a brand new cycle from us. Please DM your address or contact us at @PankajMMunjal. While Anupriya’s generous act is heartwarming, Hero Cycles too must be lauded for their timely gift.

#CookForKerala has caught the imagination of the public. Much like the #CookForSyria global fund raising campaign, this campaign too aims at raising funds for the flood victims of Kerala. It has been initiated by Suresh Pillai of MasterChef fame. It is a call to Home makers and Chefs across the world to set up Supper Clubs and organize theme dinners at home and in restaurants. The visitors are to pay for the food they eat and the host may recover expenses and then donate the profits to the flood relief. Several chefs in India and abroad have taken up the appeal and are organizing Suppers under the hashtag.

Suresh Pillai, 40, who belongs to Kollam, Kerala, is working as the Corporate Chef with the Raviz group. He says, ‘Food is not like anything else. If people are connected by food, there will be an aroma of affection spread across.’ Kudos to him for this initiative!

On Monday 21, August two children from Kannur made people sit up and take note of them. V.S. Swaha and her brother V.S. Brahma wrote a letter expressing their willingness to contribute around one acre that had been set aside by their family for their future. In the letter Swaha reading in Plus One of Shenoy’s Higher Secondary School, Kandankali and Brahma reading in Class 9, said they had got permission to donate the land to Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. Their parents M. Shankaran and Vidhubala say they are really proud of their children as they have hearts full of consideration for people who are suffering around them. ‘That’s what makes a person a real human being,’ said the happy father. The plot being donated is prime land and is estimated to be around Rs.50 lakhs.

Many businessmen and religious leaders have made generous donations to the Kerala Flood Relief. News has just come in of NRI businessman and Chairman of VPS Healthcare based at Abu Dhabi, Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil donating Rs.50 crore for the flood relief victims of Kerala. He will be setting up three projects to help the victims namely, housing, healthcare and education. These projects will be given immediate priority he said.

Vayalil with an estimated net worth of US $1.7 billion was in the news recently for being a part of the ‘Giving Pledge’ campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren buffet in 2010. This commits wealthy people to give away half their wealth to charity. VPS healthcare has 22 hospitals and 125 medical centres in the Middle East, India and Europe.

Many stories of Keralites, young and old, guided by Love, Service, Sacrifice towards their brethren are coming out from all. Stories of people contributing money and material from many places in India and abroad too are pouring in. These contributions give hope to the people at their darkest hour in life. Yes a silver lining is shining through.