Mother Nature once again shows her dominance with the extensive devastation caused to Vizag and the neighboring coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, India, by cyclone ‘Hudhud’, with wind speeds close to 200Km/hr.
Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT), an organization that Vibha has been supporting for the past 8 years, did not escape the destruction. Vibha is currently supporting two projects – BCT Model Residential School and BCT Tribal Children Education. The infrastructure of the BCT Model residential School (Class rooms, Vocational training center for the Handicapped, and the Boarding facilities) is severely damaged. The damage to the BCT Tribal Schools in 7 remote villages is still being assessed.
Vibha had immediately approved $10,000 for the immediate restoration of all activities. In addition – various donors have generously responded to Vibha`s call for donations including Dr Ravi Sarma – whose donation of $5000 has now taken the total to more than $25000 (including Vibha`s $10000). “My association with BCT and Vibha during the past two decades leads me to believe that the two organizations will continue to work in rebuilding after the recent calamity that befell Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts in AP. I hope my small contribution will help in this rebuilding process” said Dr. Sarma.
“BCT has been fortunate enough to have a good friend in Dr. Ravi Sharma, who has been a source of guidance and encouragement for the past two decades. Thanks to him and his family’s generous donation, through Vibha, our Residential High School girls have a good comfortable dormitories. And, this additional donation of $5000 will help us restore quickly from the HudHud Cyclone impact. In the same note, I also want to highlight the partnership with VIBHA that has led BCT to provide education to the children in some of the tribal regions of Visakhapatnam, where BCT has not hitherto worked. We will continue to provide innovative education to the rural and tribal regions of Visakhapatnam in partnership with VIBHA. We are thankful to Vibha for immediately allocating $10,000 for the reconstruction effort after the cyclone and encouraging the donors to donate towards this effort“per Sriram Bhagavatula – COO of BCT.
If you would like to support BCT in this effort, please make a donation. All the funds collected through this effort will be exclusively earmarked for BCT and will be disbursed towards its reconstruction.
– Compiled by Rohan Bafna with input from Vijay Vemullapalli (Secretary, Board) , Murthy Munagavalasa (Director of Projects)