In July 2018, severe floods affected the south Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flooding in Kerala in nearly a century. Over 483 people died in a fortnight, 14 missing, around one million people were evacuated, and at least 120,000 people were displaced and ended up in relief camps. India’s National Disaster Relief Force launched its biggest ever rescue operation in the state. The Indian army and navy were deployed as well.The floods destroyed roughly 9,00,000 hectares worth of crops. The losses to infrastructure due to the floods and landslides are pegged at over Rs 500,000,000
Grieved by this severe calamity and saddened by the loss of life and disruption to families, schools and businesses caused by the floods, the Director convened an Emergency Relief Council including members of the faculty, parents, administration and students from the Community Service Council at AES to help Kerala at this time of crisis and devastation.
The ERC’s main charge is to:
- guide our community’s response to emergency situations or crises
- provide a vetting process for donations and projects to be supported
- report back on contributions made and where the money went
AES has so far contributed in-kind through Goonj and financially to the Chief Minister’s fund. Goonj is an NGO, headquartered in New Delhi which undertakes disaster relief, humanitarian aid and community development in parts of 22 states across India since 1999.
Our aim is to mobilize the school community’s efforts to ensure that the compassion and resources of our community are a collaborative, effective, structured relief effort.
We appreciate the compassion of the AES community in support of the flood victims. If you would like to contribute to the AES Kerala Relief fund, you may make cash donations online at this link (USD only). You may make donations at the Business Office in INR. Our HS Service Council will provide more information soon about donations of clothing, school supplies and other goods.
The American Embassy School motto has always been Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve. We take our commitment seriously. Thank you for your support and assistance for the rehabilitation of people in Kerala and rebuilding of lives.
We will keep the community apprised of the ERC’s efforts. Thank you for your contributions.
Stay tuned for more to come.