Helping the Abdullahs, an elderly couple recover their business.
In August 2018, as the pristine state of Kerala was gearing up to celebrate Onam, it was hit by the worst flood in nearly a century. It is known to have claimed over 483 lives and many went missing. Aster Volunteers and the disaster relief wing of Aster DM Foundation have spent countless hours working on rescue and relief operations to help rebuild Kerala.
One such story is that of an elderly couple whose livelihood was disrupted by the floods.
Mr. and Mrs. C K Abdulla have no children of their own. Mr. Abdulla, a heart patient who also suffers from epilepsy faced great difficulty finding a job due to his deteriorating health. They made a living by selling chicken eggs to grocers, restaurants and street food carts.
All 300 of their egg-laying hens were swept away by the floods, leaving the Abdullas without any means of making a livelihood. Aster Volunteers brought this situation to the attention of Aster DM Foundation and together they purchased 100 egg-laying hens for Mr. and Mrs. Abdulla.
We're happy to report that their small business is slowly but surely growing.
The Aster Volunteers Green Choices program will initiate a series of activations that will enable us to shift to a more sustainable future. We firmly believe that sustainability should be at the core of our business, and this is the first step.
Eco tales is a storytelling initiative to spread lasting awareness amongst school children on the need for preserving nature. The initiative will reach out to 50 schools in Kerala. We feel that the best audience for these stories are the ones whose future is actually at stake.
Aster Community Connect wants to better lives through providing livelihoods, medical aid, employment, free surgeries and more. And we do this through the help of our volunteers and partners. We will continue telling these stories of good that touched hearts and healed the one community we are all a member of - humanity.
As the people of Kerala get back on their feet, it’s time to rebuild - starting with their homes. Aster Homes will help rehabilitate or rebuild homes that were wholly or partially affected by the Kerala floods. We need volunteers to help execute this project.