While Kerala is reeling under one of the worst ever floods in decades, Believers Eastern Church is at the forefront doing everything possible to provide assistance to people who are battling all odds to survive. Various dioceses, parishes and institutions of Believers Eastern Church also have pitched in to help the people affected across the state.
Braving the risks and extreme weather conditions, priests and members of Believers Eastern Church Ranni Parish helped in rescue and relief operations. From rescuing people from flooded homes and moving them to relief camps to shifting vehicles from flood affected areas to safer places, they rose to the occasion to save the affected.
Believers Eastern Church Vakathanam Parish distributed 500 freshly cooked lunch packets to flood victims staying in relief camps as well as at homes in Niranam – a severe flood affected area.
Believers Eastern Church Thottabagam Parish Vicar and team visited four flood-affected villages in nearby area to help those displaced by the cataclysmic flooding. They provided basic necessities such as, mats, buckets, mug, toothpaste, toothbrush and soaps to more than 80 worst-affected families in these villages.
Believers Eastern Church Mundakkayam parish distributed food kits and clothes to victims of flood. Believers Eastern Church Kattapana Parish distributed food packets to flood victims in Vandiperiyar and Vallakadavu who were affected following the opening of the Mullaperiyar Dam.
Around 200 children enrolled in Bridge of Hope are affected by the floods. Bridge of Hope is doing all it can to render help to the families of these children and other families in nearby affected areas as well – be it through supplying food, clothes, cleaning flood-affected homes or providing firewood for cooking at relief camps.
As part of relief work conducted by the Bridge of Hope staff in Wayanad District, house hold items were distributed to affected families. In addition to this, 5 quintal rice, sugar, tea powder and green gram also were distributed.
While one of the Bridge of Hope teams distributed one time meal to 225 people in a relief camp, another team distributed blankets and cloth items to 322 people at a relief camp. One of the tailoring units run by Bridge of Hope in Wayanad made cloth bags for people at a relief camp.
Medical teams from Believers Church Medical College Hospital conducted medical camps in more than 15 relief camps and provided medical assistance and medicines to hundreds of people.
The students of Believers Church Medical College also actively took part in relief work and helped the people in relief camps with food.
While two of our schools have been converted into relief camps to house more than 1500 people affected by floods, the staff and students of our residential school in Thiruvalla have been actively involved in reaching out to the people in relief camps with essential items including clothes, ready-to-eat food items like biscuits and snacks, bottled water, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkins among others.
The staff families of Synod Secretariat cooked extra meals to be distributed to the people in nearby relief camps. They also donated bottled water, dry-food items and clothes.
Joining their little hands to make a big difference, the children and teens at St Thomas Nagar also helped in the packing and dispatching of the relief materials.
Believers Eastern Church dioceses across India are pooling in resources to help flood-hit people in Kerala through various means. Believers Eastern Church Diocese of Gurdaspur has sent 2500 kg atta and rice to help the flood victims survive through this tough time.
As water level has receded from most of the places, Believers Eastern Church has begun the task of cleaning houses and buildings affected by the floods.
Multiple teams consisting of seminary students went and cleaned various localities by removing slush and debris left behind by the flooded waters.
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