Nearly £150,000 has been raised to date by the SVP in England and Wales and is being sent Kerala where the Catholic charity's volunteers are helping people affected by catastrophic monsoon rains.
SVP India's National President Johnson Varghese, reporting on the situation on the ground says: “At this point in time the appeal is to help victims rebuild their lives. They need safe houses to sleep, a source of income to support their families, food, livestock and help with materials like books and uniforms to send their children back to school.”
Johnson continues: “The SVP’s greatest advantage in Kerala is our presence in all of the affected areas. Implementation of emergency aid plans is carried out by our network of 33,000 volunteers linked to parishes across the State.
"As the National President I can assure the good souls in Britain that SVP India are ensuring the help reaches the people who need it most.”
Joseph Soares, SVP National Treasurer in India comments: "I wish to take the opportunity to thank you all for your constant support to the SSVP in India. I am sure the monetary and spiritual support to our brothers in distress in Kerala will open the windows of heaven to all those who have reached out to the cries of the suffering humanity."
The Catholic press have published a number of articles featuring the SVP’s work with flood victims in Kerala.
A news piece in The Catholic Times can be read here.
A separate news piece published in Indepedent Catholic News can be read here.
Our SVP Overseas Aid Team continues its efforts to raise money for the SVP in India to enable them to assist those affected by the floods.
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Cheques should be made payable to SVP England and Wales. Please include Kerala Emergency Appeal on the back of your cheque and send it to:
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Thank you for your support. For further information on how to donate please contact Rachael Crookes