Ponnani: For P Hassan, who lost everything in the recent floods, a band of youths from Manjeri is a godsend. Hassan is moved by their commitment as they have stayed back while most flood rescue workers have left and life has recovered for many after the miseries the flood brought a couple of months ago.
The Manejri youth have taken up on themselves the task to complete the construction of Hassan's house which was destroyed in the floods. Malayala Manorama had carried a report about Hassan's plight earlier. The group noticed the news item, and reached Ponnani. Now, they are in the process of rebuilding the house at Eswaramangalam, which is on the banks of Bharatapuzha.
The volunteers, who have been rebuilding the house of Hassan, had left their homes when floods hit the state a couple of months ago. They are carrying out the humanitarian activities as part of an initiative of the 1997 SSLC batch of HMY Higher Secondary School, Manjeri. (HMY stands for Hidayathul Muslimeen Yatheemkhana.)
They occasionally even travel across the state offering a helping hand in flood rehabilitation efforts. They had worked together at difference places to rescue the flood-affected and clean up houses in the wake of the August floods. They also offered help for several families to earn a livelihood post-floods.
The volunteers include P Niyas from Cherani in Manjeri, K A Sawad of Majeri Olympian Sports Group, Puzhikuth Khaleel, Suhas, Sakaria Fasil, Shihad P, Ajmad Cherani, and Salim P, a teacher.
One Faisal's house, which is next to Hassan's, too was destroyed in the deluge. The foundation for both the houses were laid by the Welfare Party. Financial help was offered by a collective of Gulf expatriates so that they could complete the house.
On Sunday, K Anitha from Payyanad in Manjeri, C Sangeeta, and her son Harish, and Hassan's neighbour Faisal too joined the group to speed up the work.