Vasundhara Sarovar On Its toes for Relief & Rehabilitation Work
A massive relief drive is going on in God’s Own Country. The centre, the states and corporate houses across India and the world have come forward to help Kerala. The outpouring of relief material across the state is a much-needed and heartening sight to witness.
Just 10 days ago, Kerala experienced a moment of respite as the red alert across all districts was withdrawn.
This actually helped in speeding the relief and rehabilitation work. Recovery work gained the required momentum and reaching everyone affected by the floods became easier.
After the incessant rains that wreaked havoc across Kerala, this was perhaps the much-needed news to quicken the recovery operations. As the flood water recedes in Kerala, the outpouring of help from all quarters has brought back hope and optimism among Keralites. Slowly and steadily, essential services such as power, fuel, telecom and transport links are being restored as well.
In order to reinstate faith and positive belief among Keralites, we at Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere, a premier resort in Vayalar, launched a full-fledged rescue operation across the flood-ravaged regions of Kerala in consultation with the authorities involved in the rescue operations.
Initially, the camps around Chertala town were in main focus as the camps towards Kochi were very well taken care of and had been receiving a lot of support from all quarters.
When the water in the lake started rising, most families located around the resort were shifted to the local L.P. School at Vayalar. Vasundhara started its activities from here and served lunch and dinner for around 250-300 camp members.
Also, our boats were sent to Alleppey to assist in the rescue mission. We managed to evacuate over 200 people from flood affected areas.
After getting a fair idea of the aftermaths of floods, Vasundhara directed its focus on provision of emergency supplies of food, water and medicines. We sent these much-needed essentials to various relief camps spread across Kerala.
For our first camp, we purchased clothes and other essentials to be handed over to affected families.
In our second camp, we identified 2 families from Kuttanad- of the most affected areas at that moment, and gave them some much-needed help.
We then moved to the next camp at Bishop Moore School. A fairly large camp with over 600 registered flood victims that included 138 families from Kuttanad. They were in need of clothes and other essentials which we donated to the authorities there.
In addition to this, eatables and provisions were required at these camps for the days ahead. Dry eatables were preferred over cooked food to reduce wastage and double the supply, so we provided them with just that.
We had a detailed meeting with the Father at Bishop Moore School (who was running the camp) along with the Panchayat representatives for the proper dispersal of relief essentials. We prepared a basic Send Off Kit which included a bucket, a mug, a broom, bleaching powder, plates, glasses, and other basic utensils like spoons, ladles, and a saucepan for making tea and another for kanji (rice gruel), soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, Dettol, few basic medicines, drinking water, clean clothes and undergarments.
This Send Off Kit was distributed to 138 families in the camp who were badly affected by the floods and didn’t have anything more than a mud-filled home to return to. We hope that the Send Off Kits were at least the bare minimum to restart their life in some manner.
We then visited 2 more camps where we observed the majority of camp members were barefoot. We quickly made an arrangement to provide them with a 100 pairs of slippers
Moving further in our quest to help Kerala, we visited one more large camp in the immediate vicinity where around 530 members were accommodated. This camp requested us to supply them with dry provisions, clothes etc. as there was a major shortfall of the same. We immediately moved the required provisions from our store and supplied it to them.
Send-Off Kits For Families
At Pattanakadu Flood Relief Camp, we met with the village officer, panchayat president and the school principal. We provided them with ration which included urad dal (20 kg), raw rice (50 kg), dried red chilly (2kg), saunf (1 kg), and asafoetida (½ kg) so that would have enough to feed those there for at least a week to 10 days.
We prepared the Send-Off Kits and handed them over to the families after discussing the requirements with the authorities.
Back-To-School Kits for Kids
In one of the camps, there were a total of 200 kids, of which 120 were regular school going children. We prepared Back-To-School Kits for them which included bags, books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and some other stationery as well. We distributed 138 kits to this relief camp. Here’s a video of us at the camp:
We also organized an function to celebrate Onam and cheer the camp members up with games, activities and a Sadya lunch. We called members of the camp and personally handed over the kits to them.
Our ongoing efforts are simply to help the community we are a part of. Vasundhara’s work on-ground is going on and we’re doing everything we can to help those in need. We will continue our efforts to bring lives back on track.
We believe that we are all a part of one big family and we will always take care of our people. Our various efforts were captured via videos and circulated amongst our friends and peers who then aided us with donations driving us further in our endeavours to help those affected by the floods.
We look forward to contributing more to the ongoing effort of relief and rehabilitation.
We stand with Kerala.