Indian-Americans renovating school destroyed by 2018 Kerala floods

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The Association of Indians in America, one of the oldest community organizations established by Indian-Americans in 1967, is for the first time is taking up a project to rebuild a school destroyed by devastating floods in Kerala.

The AIA, which is well known for its social, cultural and educational activities, especially the Diwali Mela in South Street Seaport, New York City, and which has occasionally sent funds to India during disasters, has taken on the project to renovate a school in Ayoor Village destroyed by the August 2018 floods.

The school in Ayoor Village, Kerala submerged in the 2018 floods. (Photo courtesy Association of Indian Americans)

Funds were raised in October 2018 and again on May 5th 2019, the AIA said in a press release. The school was up to 4th grade but on the request of villagers, AIA will help build the school to accommodate students up to the Higher-Secondary level This School will benefit several Villages . School will run by  Vidya Bharati Shiksha  Sansthan, the AIA said.

Blueprint of the school that will be rebuilt in Ayoor village, Kerala, after it was submerged and destroyed by 2018 floods. It will be expanded to a Higher Secondary School. (Photo courtesy, AIA)

Students will have the opportunity to learn Yoga , Meditation, Martial Arts etc. along with the regular curriculum.

President  of AIA Urmilesh Arya is quoted in the press release saying “Education is the best gift we can give to the Children back home , and  Good patriotic Citizens is the best gift to our Motherland.” According to the blueprint, the school is named Sandeepani Vidyanikethan.

 

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