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.
Many communities around the world do not have access to healthcare. This has become especially difficult during the Covid-19 situation. Aster Volunteers Mobile Medical Services strives to bring medical services like temperature screening, medicines, and check-ups to these communities. 16,184 people were positively impacted by this initiative across 5 countries.
We're conducting a series of Facebook live sessions to help people cope with the current COVID 19 pandemic. These sessions are hosted by expert doctors from Aster hospitals. Log on to facebook.com/AsterVolunteers to know more.
As part of the Green Choices Initiative, Aster Volunteers has organised a campaign for safe disposal of e-waste. As the global volume of e-waste increases, it is our responsibility to safely discard and/or recycle it. People can drop off their e-waste in collection boxes present at various Aster Units. This is one step towards ensuring a cleaner environment.
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. Join Aster Volunteers.
Beirut, Lebanon is currently suffering the aftermath of two explosions that took place in August 2020. Our volunteers came together to Stand with Lebanon and pack medical relief kits. Kits worth over 2 million with medicines and consumables were prepared and sent to Lebanon via IHC Dubai and the Ministry of Health UAE. We are grateful to the volunteers and the contributors who made this possible.