Floods – Getting Right to the Point!

The Provincial of our Province in Southern India gets right to the point with the essential facts about the devastating floods.

  • Facts
  • What Vincentians Have Done
  • What still needs to be done

Existing facts and figures.

  1. It is the worst of all the floods in the last more than hundred years.
  2. The death toll has already crossed 500 (as of now).
  3. Thousands of people have become homeless
  4. Hundreds of sick are stranded and unattended.
  5. Innumerable children are traumatized and wounded.
  6. The hospitals and health-systems have become non-functional.
  7. Several of our parishes and parishioners are devastated
  8. Our ‘Priests’ Home’ at Angamaly is affected.
  9. Our theologate at Alwaye is totally disturbed.
  10. More than 35 of our own confreres hail from the affected area.

Measures already taken by the CM Southern Indian Province

  1. An immediate financial help of rupees seventy-five lakhs is released by the Southern Indian Province
  2. Our confrere-social-workers are already into relief campaign and work.
  3. Our theologians are serving the victims round the clock
  4. Our theologate is turned into a relief camp.
  5. Our priests’ home is converted into a relief and rescue operation
  6. Our Schools serve as places of medical help.
  7. Our parishes have become places of rehabilitation.
  8. Financial relief campaign launched in all our parishes and institutions.
  9. Southern Indian CMs keep on contributing to the relief fund
  10. Collaborative relief work of CMs and Vincent De Paul Society is underway.

Current requirements.

  1. Ready-to-eat food
  2. Medical help, specially first-aid.
  3. Sanitary provisions.
  4. Spiritual and Psychological support.
  5. Clothing (outer- and innerwear).
  6. Bedding
  7. Transportation facilities.
  8. Tools to clear the ways and roads.
  9. Man-power and medicine to fight the imminent (aftermath) and epidemics
  10. Finance to rebuild the houses and rehabilitate the families.

I do believe that now you have a realistic idea of the situation here in the southern federal state of Kerala and the psychological state of our confreres and their affected faithful and families.

The proposed housing and rehabilitation-projects by Southern Indian Province.

The Southern Indian Province of the Congregation of the Mission proposes and plans to undertake short- and long-term housing (construction of houses) and rehabilitation (reassuring living and self-employment by providing means of livelihood like cattle, livestock, farming-tools, small shops etc.) projects to settle and resettle the flood victims in solidarity and collaboration with the other benevolent CM-provinces and patrons.

1. Housing: 100 houses * Rs. 500000 = 50000000 ($ 781250 / € 675675)

2. Rehabilitation: 100 families * Rs. 100000 = 10000000 ($ 156250 / € 135135)

3. An immediate Southern-Indian-Province-help of Rs. 7500000 ($ 117187 /€ 101351) is already released.

May I humbly request you to help us out in whatever way possible to realize our projects to help the victims. Here below I furnish you with the bank details that you may contribute your valuable tiny tithe to the cause:

Bank details for receiving foreign funds.

Name and address of the account holder:

Vincentian Society

#419, 2nd mail, Bannimantap

C Layout, Mysuru 570015

Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Name and address of the bank/branch:

South Indian Bank

N.R. Mohala, Sivaji Road

Mysuru, Karnataka 570007, India

Bank details:

A/c Name: Vincentian Society Swift No. SOININ 55

Bank code: SIBL 0000415.

Account No. 0415053000001500


Kerala Flood – 2018

Obviously, the subsequent fund will be used to rehabilitate and restore the victims after the flood, a time when the victims would be ‘mostly and usually’ left to themselves. We promise to provide you with the account of the money used to ensure transparency and responsible execution of the project.

I would also like frankly to inform you that I would be appealing to the other provinces as well for their spiritual sustenance and financial support.

Appreciating your commitment and contribution, and thanking you in anticipation, and awaiting your positive valuable response at the earliest,

I remain with lots of love and prayers, Your brother in St. Vincent,

Fr. Tomichan Mattathiveliyil CM

Provincial Superior, CM – Southern Indian Province, Mysuru

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