Kerala Governor Mohammad Arif Khan handing over keys of 255 houses built by Aster DM Healthcare's social service arm 'Aster Volunteers' in association with Rebuild Kerala project
Thiruvananthapuram: Aster DM Healthcare has fulfilled the promise of providing 255 homes to the victims of the Kerala Floods who lost everything to the devastating calamity. Built by Aster Volunteers with support from philanthropists, partners and employees of Aster, these 255 Aster Homes are spread across Kerala and reiterate the commitment that was made by the organization to the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in 2018 to standby his resolve to rebuild Kerala.
At a grand ceremony held in Thiruvananthapuram, keys to the beneficiaries were handed over by Governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad Khan in the presence of other guests namely Minister P Rajeev, Leader of Opposition VD Satheeshan, along with Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare.
On the occasion, a new website for Aster Homes, www.asterhomes.org, geotagged with the details of the 255 beneficiaries, the individuals, NGOs and Associations who supported Aster in this mission was also launched.
Dr Azad Moopen said, “Natural calamities can devastate and uproot people — and that is what happened during the floods that ravaged the state of Kerala in 2018. Helping people in need is a value that is embedded in the DNA of Aster ever since we started the journey in 1987. Our volunteers were on the ground for weeks providing medical assistance to help people in need. Later, to rehabilitate the people who lost everything including their homes, we made a promise to CM Pinarayi Vijayan on 30th September 2018 at Trivandrum to build 250 Aster Homes. This was a mammoth task which was accomplished through perseverance and hard work of the Aster Volunteers, with support from like-minded organizations and people. We feel accomplished that today, that promise has been fulfilled with dedication.”
Aster Homes project was announced in September 2018, with an aim to build 250 homes for people affected by the floods. 60 Aster employees had joined hands in this initiative and contributed Rs.2.25 Cr to build 45 Aster Homes.