We at Lokayat are closely associated with Yusuf Meherally Centre, and I (Neeraj Jain) am a member of the Managing Committee. YMC has begun flood relief work for the victims of Kerala floods, and activists have already reached there to render help. This is to appeal to you to contribute generously to our efforts to provide long term relief for the Kerala flood victims. The appeal issued on behalf of YMC is pasted below.
Yusuf Meherally Centre
This is an urgent appeal to help the victims of sudden and severe floods in Kerala. The scale and impact of the tragedy has caused a sense of helplessness. Floods are a regular feature of Kerala but this year these are unprecedented in their intensity. They reminds one of the catastrophe of the 2008 flood in North Bihar. Given the urgency, individuals and organizations, small or big, have joined hands in collecting money and usables to supplement what the state is doing. Yusuf Meherally Centre is devising long-term strategies of relief and rehabilitation so that our interventions are meaningful and effective.
As you may already know, Yusuf Meherally Centre has experience of disaster relief work in different places such as Gujrat, Tamilnadu, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir. Relief work has been done depending on the nature of disaster, and has included distributing dry ration, clothing, medicines, tarpaulin, etc. After providing initial and much needed immediate relief, we also plan to engage in medium to long term work, whereby we plan to help vulnerable families with repair and reconstruction of homes, toilets, etc. and also provide them with livelihood sources such as cattle sheds, poultry shelters, etc.
We will set up a camp in Alappuzha district and are trying to build a coalition of groups for this work. We will keep you posted of the work that we are undertaking.
Account Name : Yusuf Meherally Centre
Current A/C No. 100904180002460
Bank : SVC Co Operative Bank,
Branch : Sleater Road
IFSC code No. SVCB0000009
Statement issued on behalf of:
G.G. Parikh Haresh Shah Mateen Diwan Vijaya Chauhan
Usha Shah Madhu Mohite Narendra Patwardhan
Chandramohan Nair Guddi Anil Hebbar
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