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Saving Kerala – An Initiative to Save God’s Own Country!

This is an unusual kind of post. It is not a regular feature post that you would usually find on our Blog. This featured post is an initiative to Save Kerala – God’s Own Country in our own way. As every one of you must know very well by now that Kerala is stuck with heavy floods causing the loss of many lives, properties and land in general. The natives of Kerala are facing death and the situation has gone from bad to worse rapidly. As a result of this, the Government of India is conducting a vigorous rescue mission and at the same time asking each and every citizen of India to make their own contribution in an effort to save Kerala. The effort could be via donations in cash or by money transfer. Or it could be in the form of basic necessities which are required for the survival of the affected people, like food grains, medications, toiletries etc. By the end of this blog, we will include a detailed information of the sources by which you can contribute towards saving and rebuilding Kerala. So make sure you read till the end.

Every other post related to to the mission of saving Kerala will show you images and videos of people stuck in the floods, suffering and people in despair. While we believe that all that is necessary to actually show what the real scenario is, we have decided to choose an off-beat path. We are trying to show here of why you should all join hands together to Save this beautiful state which has been built by Gods. 

Kerala is an amazingly beautiful State. It will heal you, soothe you, bring your senses to a heed and make you want to go back again and again so that you are left breathless and awestruck by its beauty. Thus, our contributors mentioned below have shared such snapshots of Kerala which should give everyone all the more reason for saving this beautiful place. Because if we do not help now, then we may be stripped of a beautiful place, which you might not again see in such grandeur.

Mohammed Nizwan

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MUNNAR – 

Munnar is best explored by walk, especially the tea estates nestled among the lush greenery. 
Munnar was the summer capital of the British in southern India. The region in and around Munnar varies in height from 2,000 meters (6,562 ft) to 2,600 meters (8,530 ft) above mean sea level.
You can visit Munnar throughout the year. But the best time to visit is from August to May. The weather is extremely cold during winter (November, December, and January).

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©Mohammed Nizwan

Abdu Noor C

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MUNNAR – The most beautiful place in Kerala. Munnar gives the best sunrise ever to me. The greenery from Munnar is something more than beauty. If you get any chance to visit Munnar, don’t ever lose it. It would be refreshing for you. 

This place is Willmount Expeditions, Munnar. Willmount Expedition is a vendor at Munnar. They provide one day stay in tents, hut etc. This is the morning view from there. They provide a good facility for staying. There would be trekking to Lakshmi hills provided by Willmount.

You can follow him on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/_solo__soul/

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©Abdu Noor C

Aeyaz

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This image is taken from Pattuvam area in Kannur district. This place is also covered by the Kuppam river around most of the places. The area is quite famous for prawn cultivation. Pattuvam has rich biodiversity thanks to its hills, rivers, etc. Pattuvam created history a decade ago when it used its autonomy to assert its sole right to the local biodiversity. I went to shoot the newly made Pattuvam bridge. But unfortunately, there was some construction going on. So had to look for alternate places. I knew this whole Pattuvam area around the river is beautiful. I found this private place where I met a fisherman ready to pull one of his boats to the river. Flew the drone. Clicked this picture. What I found interesting was even though these boats were in an isolated place, somehow all of them were connected together.

You can follow him on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/aeyaz/

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©Aeyaz

Dheekshit K Das

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“The hidden secrets in the wild”, that is what the caption i would like to give to the pic. The spot called Asurankundu Dam is very famous in the Thrissur district of Kerala. The waterfall is the result of a Dam called Asurankundu Dam. This view can only be experienced in the rainy season. There are eight steps and waterfalls flow gently through it. One can take a walk through the outskirts of the dam, which is covered by forests. This is inside a forest, so sometimes the entry may be restricted due to various reasons like forest fires, landslips etc. Travellers who wish to travel must confirm the entry with the forest officials.

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Ananthu Palazhi

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Kerala – The God’s Own Country. 

Kerala is adorned with enormous natural beauty with backwaters, waterfalls, streams, evergreen forests, beautiful mountain ranges and is one of the most famous tourist places within the country with its own cultural traditions.
Follow him on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/_palazhi/

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©Ananthu Palazhi

Ashish Peter

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Pooram –
Pooram is an annual festival celebrated in temples for a specific number of days, honouring the Gods. Idols of Gods are displayed on top elephants accompanied by musical treats like panchavadyam, paandimelam etc. The picture shows panchavaadyam as part of the pooram festival at Thrikkapuram temple, in the Ernakulam district.

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©Ashish Peter

Courtesy of the cover picture goes to Aeyaz. Short description of the place – This picture was taken from a place called Oduvallithattu in Kannur district. The hairpin curved road there is quite famous on this route. I was actually on the way to a hill station called Paithal Mala. But on the route, I found this area covered with stunning fog. So stopped here for a while and got this picture. 

So now to the important part and main objective of the blog. How to contribute and save Kerala?

Here are the ways by which you can help – 

1.The CM’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF)

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Online: https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/

CMDRF Account details:

Name of the donee: Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund

Account Number: 67319948232

Bank: State Bank of India

Branch: City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram

IFSC: SBIN0070028

PAN: AAAGD0584M

Account type: Savings

SWIFT Code: SBININBBT08

All contributions to the fund are 100% tax exempt.

2. Government district collection centres

Thiruvananthapuram: The Principal Secretary (Finance) Treasurer, Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 1

Kannur: Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur – 670002 (9446682300, 04972700645)

Idukki: District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P O, Kuyilimala, Idukki – 685603

Wayanad: District Collector, Collectorate, Kalpetta, Wayanad (0469 204151, 9745166864, 9746239313)

NGO’s Goonj and Oxfam India are working on the ground. You can reach out Goonj here and Oxfam India here.

3. Online portals

Google has put out a consolidated and pin-dropped a list of centres providing rescue ops, including shelters, food and water, medicine and essentials, volunteers, Jeep rescue and ambulances, among others. Find it here.

For every non-corporate ride you take on Ola, Rs 5 gets added to the CM’s Relief Fund.

Amazon is partnering with its implementation partners and state and national disaster coordination committees to provide immediate relief to the victims. The online giant has partnered with three NGOs – Habitat for Humanity India, World Vision India, Goonj.

To donate:

  1. Click here
  2. Select an NGO, browse their Wish List and select products to donate
  3. Checkout, select a gift registry address, make payment

Paytm has also opened a dedicated page to contribute towards the Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund. Access it here.

India’s crowdfunding website Milaap, too, opened a fund sourcing page. The fundraiser can be found here.

Kerala Flood Rescue allows you to add resources like food, shelter and rescue available in your area are listed in a spreadsheet here.

Goonj, working on the ground, has called for funds for flood relief. You can donate here. Big Basket too has tied up with Goonj; you can buy an ‘essential kit’ of rice, sugar and dal, of which Big Basket will contribute 20% to Kerala.

Crowdfunding website Ketto has also started a fund relief page. The link can be found here.

Zomato also has an option to provide flood relief to Kerala by way of donating a meal in Kochi, Kerala. You can donate a meal for, 6 or 10 people here or on Zomato mobile app.

4. Local donation efforts

A host of collection points have been set up in Kerala, Chennai and Bengaluru to collect essential items and supply it to the stranded people via the relief teams.

Some of the essentials that people can donate include

  • Sacks of rice grain
  • Condiments
  • Water Cans
  • Sanitary napkin
  • Candles and match boxes  
  • Footwear
  • Buckets
  • Cooking utensils
  • Toiletries
  • Blankets
  • School bags, notebooks, stationery

Anbodu Kochi, a social media collective, has set up the following collection centres:  

Cochin: Regional Sports Centre, Kadavanthra (9809700000, 9895320567, 9544811555)

Trivandrum: Weavers Village in Rosscote Lane, opposite Trivandrum Club; Sri Mulam Club, Vazhuthacaud; and B-hub, Mar Iavnios Vidyanagar, Nalanchira

Hyderabad: SMR Vinay City, Bolarum Road, Miyapur (900035188, 9703503573, 8886555226, 9840921173), The English and Foreign Languages University, near Sitaphalmandi Overbridge (8086869573, 9746286425, 91775096030), Banjara Hilla, Flat No 6-3-594/10A, Anand Nagar (7842216157, 8790408101, 8606821009), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, NIRD Road, Rajendranagar (73820922647, 7995926635, 9633134831, 8547930466)

Bengaluru: Sankara Eye Hospital Kundalahali Gate, Varthur Main Road (9739011685); Avohi, Venus Building, Kalyana Mandapa Road, Jakkasandra Ext, Koramangala (9731980066); Confederation of Indian Industry, CII, 12 Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar (7001663618, 9740233244); Tanzeb, 4017, First Cross Road, Stage 2, Domlur (9916900719); Keli Cultural Association, Pruksa Silvana, Nimbekaipura Road, Budigere Cross, Old Madras Road (9945481192); Midway City Owners Association, Concorde Midway City, Basapura Road, Hosa Road Junction (9964741820, 8041234875); Ganga Vertica, Neeladri main Road, Electronic City (8867846625)

Chennai: Lotus Exotic Journeys, 33/17, Thomas Nagar, Little Mount, Saidapet, Chennai – 15. (9789053919)

5. Other collection centres

Chennai: Navin Dayton heights, B block, community Hall, No.76, Nelson Manickam Road, Chennai – 29 (7871512200, 9884408677, 9442527878).

Bengaluru:

Visthar, KRC Road, Kothanur Post, Bengaluru – 560077 (080 28465294/5, 9964171982)

Indian Social Institute, 24 Benson Road, Benson Town, Bengaluru – 560046 (080 23536189/23536364, 9980331471)

SCM – India, 29, 2nd Cross, CSI compound, Mission Road, Bengaluru – 560027 (080 22223761)

6. Sandhya Menon is also collecting provisions and raising funds for North Wayanad. Things required for kits are 5kg rice, 1kg sugar, 250gm tea powder, 1/2 kg salt, Whole moong (cherupayar), 1 ltr cooking oil. You can contact her here.

Let us do our bit in Saving Kerala. Kindly come forward and help in rebuilding and rescuing this great place. Every little effort matters.

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