While Kerala witnessed the worst flood of a century, which killed over 350 and displaced a million, youth in Delhi is organising a largescale campaign to help school going children of Kuttanadu, one of the worst-hit areas in the southern state.
Under the Help Kuttanadu campaign, launched by Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT), the largest not-for-profit youth movement in the national capital, students from across colleges in Delhi and NCR will collect pens, notebooks and other study materials, for delivering at schools in Kuttanadu.
The lowest lying area in India that falls over 10 ft below sea level, Kuttanadu has over 120 schools where around 25,000 students study. The area has been completely submerged during the floods.
“Our volunteers will go to various colleges and to the schools they had studied to collect notebooks, bags, pens and other study material. People can also contribute money to this drive. Once the collection is done, our volunteers are going to deliver this to the schools in Kuttanadu directly,” said Akshay Kumar, President, Leaders For Tomorrow.
Over 200,000 people have been displaced from Kuttanadu, famous for its UN recognised agriculture heritage system, which saw flooding twice this year. All the people in the 880 sq km area spanning across the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts have been evacuated.
All the three major economic activities in the region — backwater fishing, paddy cultivation and tourism — are severely hit due to the devastating floods.
“The damages that have been inflicted this time is unprecedented and will impact the children most. Hence we decided to focus on this areas,” Kumar added.
Those who want to contribute to contribute can reach out to LFT team through their Facebook page.