Come August 2019 and Kerala is again plunged in the midst of unprecedented rains, floods and Landslides . North Kerala is affected badly with Wayanadu being hit the worst . Recca Sewa decided to do what best could be done under the given circumstances to provide relief to those affected in this area . Our Activities for August 2019 and September 2019 are as given below
Recca Sewa members from Calicut, Mr Gopal Krishnan and Mr U Venugopal visited the district collection centre at Calicut Collectorate, on 11th Aug 2019 where they were provided a list of essential items that could be delivered as an immediate relief measure. The following articles were purchased and transported to the Central collection centre of the District Administration for distribution to various camps:
Buckets – 20 nos, Mugs-20 nos, Bathing soap-40 nos, Washing soap-50 nos, washing powder-8 kg, Gloves- 80 nos, Bleaching powder-16 packets, Dettol-25 bottles, Handwash-5 bottles, Mops-5 nos, Brooms-12 nos, Dust pans-5 nos, Mineral water- (1 litre bottles)-48 nos.
Phase 8 of Flood Relief Activities
Last year we had raised over 50 lakhs in cash and kind ,for Flood Relief of which about Rs 1.62 lakhs were remaining un utilized . NITCCA USA And it’s member driven NITCAMP and SGMOC Philadelphia who had contributed in a big way asked us allocate the leftover funds for the flood relief this year . In the meanwhile we also received an appeal, which was being circulated to various chapters of NITC Alumni by students of NIT-C as shown herein for support to Flood affected near REC .Like Recca Sewa , they also had volunteers visiting the affected areas and distributing relief material directly, under the leadership of Dr Raghu of NITC akin to what Sewa had done last year
We took this opportunity to extend our services to this venture led by the Students Affairs Council ( SAC) and the faculty of NITC-( National Service Scheme cell -NITC ), so as to not only make the students aware of Recca Sewa, but also inculcate the habit of SEWA in them , as well as encourage them to join Recca Sewa in future..
So we decided to allocate the balance fund available with us, to this project in addition to the fresh donations being received from Sewa Members
On Twelfth August we procured the following items at discounted rates from the wholesale Big bazaar (valiangadi) of Calicut to be transported to NIT C for direct distribution to the affected .household. The items procured were packed into 100 KITS, of which each KIT contained three bags with items as shown below
Bag 1 – 5 Kg Rice, 1 Kg –Sugar, 1 Kg- Greengram, 1 Kg- Toor dal, 500 ml- Coconut oil, and 5 packets of biscuits.
Bag 2- Bath soap-2 nos, Washing soap-2 nos, Washing powder-1 Kg, Dettol-1 bottle and Bleaching powder- 1 Kg
Bag 3- Lungi/dhothi – 1, Night gown-1, Under skirt-1, Bed sheet-1 and Bath towel-1.
All these 100 Kits costing about Rs. 1, 09, 000.00. were delivered on 13/08/2019 to Dr Paul Joseph , our Recca Sewa Member and professor at NIT C to for local direct distribution through SAC and NSS volunteers under the leadership of Dr Raghu .
We are thankful to all donors as well as the Faculty and Students of NITC who have in a way fulfilled our mission of bringing smiles to the needy and affected , and also met our objectives of helping the affected directly, with our small contribution .
These 100 Kits of each type were distributed as follows :-
Food Kits : 60 to Erumamunda near Nilambur 10 to Muppalipotti, Muttikadav, Nilambur and 30 to Chathamangalam village
Dress Kits : 20 to Erumamunda near Nilambur and 80 to Sulthanpadi, Chungathara, Nilambur.
Cleaning Kits : 100 to Sulthanpadi, Chungathara, Nilambur.
We would like to acknowledge and thank NITCCA USA And it’s member driven NITCAMP and SGMOC Philadelphia who graciously encouraged us to allocate the leftover funds for the project through NITC SAC/ NSS volunteers through our member Thomas Joseph
Secretaries Report is enclosed
Now.. There is some Good news for those contributing to Recca Sewa . We have now been granted exemption under section 80 G for our contributions to Sewa with effect from 1st Aug 2019, while filing Returns on Income in India , the modalities of which are being finalized and will be announced in due course
Last year Recca SEWA and Ballezea had joined hands and distributed six truck loads of mattresses in different parts of Kerala . This year too we took up distribution of mattresses at Wayanad area headed by Ballezea group under leadership of Anil Nair and Salil of NITCA 94 batch as part of flood relief activities for 2019 . . Few Photographs are shownherein ..