Tonnes of help

Khadi­jah was in Ker­ala when the dis­as­ter oc­curred and chipped in to help the af­fected

Friday - - LITTLE HEROES -

Khadi­jah Na­jah, a 19-year-old who has just grad­u­ated school from Sun­rise English Pri­vate School, Abu Dhabi, hails from Malap­pu­ram district in Ker­ala. ‘I was dev­as­tated to see how se­verely my vil­lage was af­fected by the flood. There was no elec­tric­ity and drink­ing wa­ter for six days in sev­eral ar­eas. Peo­ple col­lected rain wa­ter for var­i­ous chores. None of the elec­tronic de­vices worked as they had run out of charge. Hun­dreds of houses were de­stroyed and there were large ap­pli­ances float­ing in the wa­ter. I found a re­frig­er­a­tor and two gas cylin­ders in my back­yard af­ter the flood,’ she re­calls.

Luck­ily for Khadi­jah and her fam­ily, their house was not af­fected. So, not to be de­terred by the ex­tent of the calamity, Khadi­jah and her fam­ily bought re­lief ma­te­ri­als and ar­ranged to send more than 10 tonnes of goods in two truck­loads, all in a span of four days, to the af­fected ar­eas. The ma­te­ri­als in­cluded clothes, in­ner wear, blan­kets, per­ish­able food items, spices, rice, san­i­tary nap­kins, adult and kid di­a­pers, oil, soaps, milk and gal­lons of wa­ter etc.

‘We had a hard time find­ing a truck and a driver since no one was will­ing to go to badly hit ar­eas. But a lo­cal good Sa­mar­i­tan named Ahmed helped us by of­fer­ing his truck and a driver too,’ she says. The or­deal has made her stronger. ‘I learnt money does not guar­an­tee any­thing in life. For me the real he­roes in this cri­sis were the fish­er­men, many of them poor, who of­fered un­stint­ing help.’

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