Overseas students come in to help flood victims
Kochi: “We saw how the floods created widespread devastation in Kerala on TV and social media. The state was badly affected and it made us anxious. So we came here to experience the situation in person and conduct studies on it. Now we’re happy when we leave as we feel we’ve provided some help to the extent of our abilities”, said Ahmed Scaria Faizal who is called Sack by his friends. Sack was one among the students who came with help from abroad. Among these students only Sack has roots in Kerala.
Sack belonged to a Keralite family in Dubai. He was accompanied by his friends from Africa, Syria and Kashmir.
Sack, his friends Hassan Hussain from Eritrea in Africa, Omar Alimi from Syria and Furkhan Shahzad from Kashmir were friends from the time of schooling at the International School in Sharjah.
Three of them moved to UK for doing higher studies in mechanical engineering and one of them went to Dubai. Still they kept their friendship ties alive. When the floods hit Kerala, Sack’s friends called him and planned to visit the place. But when they came here, the situation wasn’t as expected and so took part in the post flood cleaning activities at Anugraha Sadan in co-operation with Faizal and Shabana foundation. Anugraha Sadan was home for multiple handicapped persons. The area was cleaned within 2 days. They also visited many other places affected by floods before leaving.
Sack’s father Faizal E Kottikolan is a businessman in Dubai. Hassan Hussain said that when they told their parents about visiting Kerala , they gave whole-hearted support.