Note of Thanks

The recent deluge and landslide, the worst the state has experienced in a century, threw the normal life out of gear in 13 out of the 14 districts of the God’s own Country, Kerala. The floods paralyzed normal life of millions of people and about 500 of them lost their life. Thousands of houses were damaged and the families were forced to take shelter in relief camps. Schools and hospitals were also damaged or collapsed. The flood victims of Kerala were/are in desperate need of relief and support to survive and get back to their normal life.

As Kerala battled its worst flood in the history, Keralites all over the world were busy collecting and sending relief materials and money to their home state. Kolkata Kairali Samajam was also in the forefront of organising relief material and money for the victims. It cancelled the Onam and Anniversary celebrations and instead the money was diverted for flood relief and rehabilitation.

We appealed to the public for help and were overwhelmed by the response received from the big-hearted people of Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal. Hundreds of people and many organisations contacted us and offered help mainly in the form of various relief material.

Many schools and other educational institutions of Kolkata also came forward to mobilise relief materials and hand them over to KKS. The names of organisations/schools which have supported us are given in the website. If any name is left out, please bring it to our notice so that it can be included. It is impossible to give the list of thousands of individuals who contributed to the cause.

We are greatly indebted to Garden High School which, apart from collecting relief materials from pupils and general public, allowed the usage of its premises to store all relief materials collected at different locations. It also made available the services of more than 50 members of its staff for sorting, packing and loading the Trucks for more than seven days.

We are also grateful to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Andhra Association schools for allowing their premises as collection centres. This helped hundreds of people to deposit their contributions in convenient locations. We are also grateful to Dr P B Salim IAS, and Mr Bijin Krishna IAS, for their help and guidance in the process.

KKS sent a Truck with 16 tonnes of relief material for Wayanad District of Kerala which reached there on Tuesday, 04 September 2018. We had sent another three mini-truckloads of relief material with the help of the Kolkata Port Trust of India to Kochi, one truckload of medicines and other items with the help of Kolkata Police by Air to Trivandrum and another high capacity railway wagon-full material to Calicut. With the help of you and other kind-hearted people, we could send more than 60 tonnes of relief material to Kerala.

Many people and organisations have generously contributed money to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund and we are in the process of compiling the data. Their names will be put up on the website soon.

We take this opportunity to thank the media, particularly The Telegraph and The Times of India, for their regular coverage of our activities prominently which helped us to reach out to people fast. We look forward to their continued support and help in our social welfare and socio-cultural activities.

We take this opportunity to assure all the contributors that each and every paise received as donation will be utilised for the relief work in the affected areas of Kerala under the strict vigilance and supervision of our volunteers.

Our next task is to participate in the rehabilitation, rebuilding and reconstruction works in Kerala. We are in the process of making a DPR and we are sure that Kolkatans will whole-heartedly participate in the process and help Kerala to get back on its legs soon.

Thank you once again and we look forward to the continued support of all well-wishers and partners to the various socio-welfare projects being undertaken by KKS for the benefit of economically backward sections of the society.

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These organisations supported us in mobilisation of Relief Material

1 Garden High School
2 Garden High School- IISER Kolkata Campus
3 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Salt Lake
4 Andhra Association & Andhra Association School
5 Birla High School Alumni
6 Future Foundation School
7 Heritage Institute of Technology
8 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
9 Indian Pluralism Foundation
10 Kidzee School , Kasba
11 Lakshmipat Singhania Academy
12 National Human Rights and Crime Control Organisation, Team Kolkata
13 Purple Foundation
14 Spandan Sangeet Shikshalaya
15 South City International School
16 Nadia District Rice Mills Owners’ Association
17 Swayambhar
18 Travel Agents Federation of India
19 Upkaar

Team KKS