CHAPTER VOLUNTEERS PITCH IN FOR FLOOD RELIEF WORK
PMI KERALA CHAPTER

As heavy showers and severe floods battered Kerala, PMI Kerala Chapter came out in full force to lend a helping hand. As a first step, the chapter board sent out an email to all chapter members to confirm their safety and provide co-ordinates for support to those affected by the floods. Volunteers from Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi soon fanned out to flooded areas to join relief efforts. Chapter members from outside Kerala supported by spreading the word on support services through social media.


The chapter addressed the situation with three major relief initiatives:

RELIEF SUPPORT 1 - #SAVEKERALA CAMPAIGN
The chapter collaborated with various nongovernment organizations (NGO) in conducting and managing collection centers for flood relief material in association with district administrations. Volunteers played a big role in collecting the details of people affected by the flood and those rescued, and updating the lists of the centralized rescue operations of the Government of Kerala.

The team was a key facilitator between the affected people and rescue teams. It also managed social media accounts through which members responded to people’s requests. It managed the collection, segregation, organization, planning, and loading of materials to various relief camps for 12 days starting 16 August, including materials worth Rs. 15 lakh sourced from Bengaluru. Volunteers arranged for transportation to collect and directly deliver materials to the flood-affected.

Chapter members also set up WhatsApp groups for volunteers of a badly affected area where no materials had reached, so as to connect them with government officials for speedy relief.

RELIEF SUPPORT 2 - #REBUILDKERALA CAMPAIGN PHASE 1
Once initial relief support had been streamlined and the rains subsided, the chapter decided to help those displaced to get back to their lives. The chapter conducted a number of activities for the campaign #RebuildKerala to lead NGOs working in flood relief activities.

The chapter collected funds from its members and other chapter members to donate to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and initiated a Facebook campaign in support of the fund. PMI Mumbai Chapter and PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) donated Rs. 51,000 and Rs. 3 lakh each towards this fund.

The chapter donated the entire stock of PMI Kerala Chapter T-shirts to the flood-affected and PMI Chennai Chapter donated 100 chapter T-shirts. It also sourced emergency medicine worth more than Rs. 5 lakh for distribution and facilitated volunteers to serve at the affected areas.

RELIEF SUPPORT 3 - #REBUILDKERALA CAMPAIGN PHASE 2
Rebuilding the state will take continuous support, and with this in mind, the chapter has now launched another campaign for long-term rebuilding efforts. The chapter is organizing various workshops to support and train volunteers. For this initiative, it will work closely with PMIEF and other PMI chapters and NGOs working in this field.

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