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NRIs offer aid, expertise for Katrina victims

The NRI community across the US has not only opened its homes, hearts and wallets but also expertise for Katrina victims.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2005 18:30 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Indian-American community in Houston and across the US has not only opened its homes, hearts and wallets but also expertise for the victims of hurricane Katrina rendered homeless after it inflicted large scale devastation along the Gulf Coast.

About 38 Indo-American Associationsin Houstonare working together through Indo-American Charities Foundation (IACF) and have decided to raise$1 million for food, volunteers, medical aid, health, shelter, hotel rooms, temporary jobs, medical assistance, computer assistance and hygiene products.

"We have asked everyone to pitch forward generously and chip in to meet the challenge and make a difference. The immediate goal is to raise$150,000 before September 19 and the amount so raised will go towards feeding 25,000 people, three meals for a whole day," IACF president Sheela Rao said.

There has been an outpouring of generosity and concern from the people and "I am sure we will meet this goal," she said.

IACF, whose goal is to help the poor, the homeless, underprivileged, and the needy with monetary, in kind and volunteer contributions through established Houston area charitable organisations, raised and distributed$27,000 to various charities in the US and in India during tsunami relief efforts.

The Asian American Hotel Owners association has donated$100,000 toward the relief efforts through the American Red Cross and other initiatives.

First Published: Sep 08, 2005 18:30 IST