Want to join us in supporting a good cause? We, Susquehanna Malayalee Association (SMA) joining hands with all other Indian community organizations in central PA to raise money for Kerala Flood Relief Fund and your contribution will make an impact. Now it is our duty to help the affected people and rebuild their lives. The path to recovery can be long & arduous, but you can make a difference by joining the rebuilding efforts. Whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.
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Payment Option #3 :: Check Payment
Pay to "SMA Harrisburg" and Send your check to below address.
Susquehanna Malayalee Association
600 North 2nd Street Suite 401
Harrisburg, PA 17101 USA
Thank you for your support.
Susquehanna Malayalee Association (SMA)
US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Phone: (210) 589-6753 | (717) 425-0930
Kerala Flood - Relief & Rehabilitation
Kerala faced unprecedented levels of flooding due to the incessant rains over a few weeks in August 2018. The floods and resultant landslides have wreaked havoc across the state. The Government of India has designated the devastating floods as Level 3 constituted as a “Calamity of Severe Nature”. According to the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Authority, L3 disaster is a large scale disaster situation where the affected districts and the state may not have the capacity to respond adequately and require assistance from external stakeholders including central government for reinstating the state and district machinery.
All the 14 districts of Kerala have been severely affected with over 8.46 lakh people estimated to be rendered homeless and livelihoods of thousands of families disrupted. The death toll reported is close to 400. A large number of livestock and animals have suffered as well. The Govt. of Kerala estimates the overall losses to be in excess of Rs.20,000 crores.
We will be working with United Way of Chennai (UWC) to impliment the below project in Kerala using the collected fund from Harrisburg community. Thank you all for being part of this rebuilding effort.
UWC along with SEEDS, one of our local NGO parnters in Kerala intends to support 20 schools in Wayanad district who have been affected by floods in 2018. With schools inundated or being used as relief camps, education stands affected in Kerala post floods. The long-term impact on education is unfortunately an invisible secondary impact of disasters that rarely gets the attention it deserves. Floods cause cancellation and disruption of regular classes, physical damage to schools, and adverse effects on children and teachers. Attendance and learning performance among students are also adversely affected due to the traumatic experience for children. In some cases, student drop-out can also increase in the schools that are affected by floods. The government schools in Kerala do have a disaster management plan, however, there exists a gap in linkage between the school plan and the plan of the respective village. Most schools were also used as refuge centers for a brief period of time during the emergency, but unfortunately were not equipped to deal with a disaster of such scale. Contamination of drinking water sources, disruption of sanitation facilities and excessive waste are yet another set of challenges being faced by schools since the water has receded. Establishment of adaptive measures are key to reduce the impact of floods on education.
Proposed Project - Back 2 School – Build Back Better (Budget - $28,000)
- Assessment of existing infrastructure
- Infrastructural intervention
- Repair and restoration
- Non-structural Mitigation
- Enhanced learning spaces
- Demonstration function
- Water Health and sanitation
- Repair of sanitation units
- Water systems
- Promoting hygiene practices
- School and student kits
United Way Worldwide which is a $5.18 billion network of more than 4,000 local non-profit organizations works to advance the common good of communities by focusing on education, income and health. Headquartered at Alexandria, Virginia, U.S United Way Worldwide operates in 46 countries and territories and is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities. We envision a world where every community is a strong one, with jobs that pay a livable wage, good schools and a healthy environment. Around the world, we engage people and organizations in innovative solutions that are transforming that vision into reality.
In India , local United Way chapters are located in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkatta, Baroda and each chapter works independently to create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant social issues.
United Way of Chennai (UWC), a registered society in Chennai since 2010, is a secular, non-partisan, non-political, non-profit, non-government, organization dedicated to improving lives in Tamil Nadu by identifying and addressing the long term needs of communities. UWC aims to help develop, support and strengthen community service projects and improve lives by acting as an intermediary between the corporate and the development sector, promoting corporate social responsibility and working as a catalyst to increase the flow of resources from all parts of society for community and social development projects. Our donors, volunteering, grants making, NGO and beneficiary impact numbers, have always been growing steadily.