Tonnes of help
Khadijah was in Kerala when the disaster occurred and chipped in to help the affected
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.’