With the mission to rebuild flood-hit Kerala, Bollywood actress and Habitat for Humanity India Brand Ambassador Jacqueline Fernandez visited Aluva on 12th January 2019, to build disaster resilient homes for the families affected by the devastating floods. Her visit to Kerala and interaction with the local families is part of NGO Habitat for Humanity India's campaign 'Jacqueline Builds' in support of the families affected by disasters.
Jacqueline made a whole lot of difference with her gracious presence in Aluva - one of the regions which were heavily flooded - by working alongside a team of volunteers, local community to build a home for Sreedevi S and Anilkumar KC. In a unique show of solidarity, she was also joined by actress Shweta Menon who for the build.
Jacqueline Fernandez, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity India, has been actively instrumental in spreading awareness and raising funds for the relief work. From leveraging the social media platform to raise awareness about the initiative to set up her personal crowdfunding campaign on Ketto Jacqueline Fernandez went all out to gather support in order to build homes. She even made a personal donation to Habitat for Humanity India. Jacqueline also reached out to several other celebrities from the Indian film industry such as Akshay Kumar, Arjun Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, and Remo D'Souza who joined Jacqueline in this noble cause and lent their support.
Habitat for Humanity India aims to build 500 disaster-resilient homes.
The disaster-resilient homes being built by Habitat for Humanity India in Kerala are equipped with six additional base pillars which can withstand the impact of earthquakes. In addition, the homes are built three feet above the ground level to prevent flood-waters seeping into the home.
"Kerala witnessed the worst floods in almost a century which destroyed thousands of homes and left people with no access to basic necessities. The loss of lives and infrastructure in Kerala has been so massive that the entire country needs to come together to Rebuild Kerala. By doing Jacqueline Builds in Kerala, Habitat for Humanity India and I have made an earnest effort to rebuild the lives of the flood-affected people. We appeal to the individuals, corporates, and philanthropists to come forward and support this initiative. I am fortunate to be in Aluva today to build a home for Sreedevi S and Anilkumar KC and extend my solidarity with the flood-affected people. Habitat for Humanity India is doing some great work in Kerala and I feel privileged to partner with them. I also acknowledge the support of all the people who have extended their help to the cause," said Bollywood actress and Habitat for Humanity India Brand Ambassador Jacqueline Fernandez.
"We were touched by the support of Jacqueline Fernandez and other volunteers who helped build our home. We are eager to complete our new home and cannot wait to move in," said future Habitat homeowner Sreedevi with a smile on her face. Sreedevi and Anilkumar have 2 daughters and are determined to give them a better future. Sreedevi and Anil Kumar's home is supported by Muthoot M George Foundation.
"Although the floods in Kerala are over, the effects of that massive devastation on the lives of hundreds of families are still visible. The support of the entire country is needed at the moment to rebuild the lives and homes of the people affected by the floods. We are extremely thankful to Jacqueline Fernandez for stepping up and doing Jacqueline Builds in Kerala. Her graciousness despite keeping a chock-a-block schedule as a busy Bollywood actress will surely inspire others to support the cause wholeheartedly. Her presence in Kerala has definitely touched thousands of hearts here. I also thank Shweta Menon for joining us today. Our work in Kerala has now served more than 1, 30,000 families in the state and we continue to reach out to many more families in need of decent shelter." said Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, and Habitat for Humanity India.
About Jacqueline Builds
Jacqueline Builds is a one of its kind campaign launched by Habitat for Humanity India in association with Bollywood celebrity and humanitarian Jacqueline Fernandez.
The campaign was launched after the Tamil Nadu floods of 2015 to support the flood-affected families and played a noteworthy role during the Habitat for Humanity India's Disaster Risk Reduction and Response program in the state. On 9th April 2016, Jacqueline traveled to Padappai village and volunteered with over 150 youth, local community, school students and corporate employees to rebuild homes. Habitat for Humanity India built and repaired 561 homes, constructed over 350 sanitation units and distributed about 7,000 humanitarian aid kits in Tamil Nadu.
About Habitat for Humanity India
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global non-profit working in more than 70 countries. In India since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 1.8 million people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.