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1.5 Crore For Tsunami Relief In Kerala From KCC & CASA


THIRUVALLA: The Kerala Council of Churches and CASA (Churches Auxiliary for Social Actions) officials met jointly on Monday Jan 10 2005 at Thiruvalla for Tsunami relief actions. The president of KCC Dr. Issac Mar Pheloxinos presided over the function.

In the meeting, it is finalized to have a three-stage rehabilitation program of Tsunami affected people in three districts.

As the first stage, with the joint effort of KCC and CASA, will distribute relief kits for 7500 families in three affected areas (Kochi, Kollam and Alappuzha). The kit includes blankets, bed sheets, dhoti, sari and 12 kitchen utensils. This will be distributed this week.

The second stage is marked by a 1.5 crore rupee aid in the form of nets, fiber glass boats and temporary shelters for individual families. This will be over against communities the way Government is providing them with. This will be distributed in 4 weeks time.

The final stage will be building houses for deserving. The details of this part will be decided at a later stage when the first two relief works are over and when KCC see what the government and other organizations are going to do. Particular emphasis will be given to the Dalits among the affected lot.

Fr. Abey Philip (of the OCYM, Kayamkulam Kadisa Orthodox Church) will look after the matter in Alappuzha district along with Rev. Mathew Ninan of CSI parish Puthuppally, Kayamkulam.

Dr.Joseph Mar Irenios suffergan Metropolitan (President CASA), Susanth Agarwall (Director, CASA), Yuhanon Mor Meletius , Jeseph V. John (Chief zonal officer), Rev.Dr.Cherian Thomas, Adv, V.C.Sabu, Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil, Adv. Joseph John, Jese Varghese, Lal Cherian, Rev.Mathew G. Ninan, Rev.Mathew P. George,Rajan Mathew, and George thazhakara (Resident Editor- IOH) had attended the meeting.

H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius is the vice president of KCC and and Fr. Dr. George Pulikkottil of Orthodox Theological Seminary is the Asst. Secretary. They both represent Malankara Orthodox Church in KCC as officials.