BOSTON— Association for India’s Development, a volunteer movement promoting sustainable, equitable and just development known as AID, has set an ambitious goal of raising $500,000 for intermediate and long-term relief work in Chennai, according to officials of the local chapter of AID in Boston.
Chennai recently suffered the worst flood in a century that killed at least 325 people and left many injured and homeless and millions more affected due to lack of drinking water and power supply.
AID Boston President Keerthana Krishnan, who is from Chennai, is spearheading local fundraising efforts in Chennai and in more than 20 other areas in Tamil Nadu–such as Cuddalore and Kanchipuramthat– have been affected by the flood.
Krishnan thanked the community for the initial support. The organization has already raised over $150,000 from all across the globe as of Dec. 6, said AID Boston volunteer Mona Mandal.
Mandal said that AID has covered 23 areas in Tamil Nadu in the last four days with 500 volunteers and over 60 trucks of supplies delivered and reaching over 50,000 people.
“The urgency on the ground is now moving toward the medium and long term relief in the upcoming weeks and winter months and your generous donations will go towards making a big difference for these communities,” said Mandal.
AID has a 15 year experience in working on relief and rehab and will be leveraging its expertise to achieve its goal and help flood victims. AID Tamil Nadu is also working in over 11 Tamil Nadu districts and has been active in the state for several years.
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