Kerala floods appeal

The St Vincent de Paul Society is running a national appeal to raise funds for the flood disaster in Kerala, southern India, which has killed hundreds and displaced around a million people.  Kerala is the most Christian state in India.  Christianity arrived there when St Thomas the Apostle visited in 52 AD. It has the largest number of churches in India and the SVP has more than 36,000 members in Kerala. The Church and the SVP have been playing a major role in assisting the many thousands of people who are victims of the flood and  we would appreciate it if you would help us by publishing the following announcement in your next parish bulletin:

Kerala floods: an SVP appeal

As you’ve probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India.  Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. Kerala is the most Christian state in India – it has more churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal. To donate visit, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.  And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.

Thank you for your help and support.