The houses were constructed as part of FCA India’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Project Shelter, towards Kerala flood aid.
Idukki, Kerala | Friday | May 3, 2019: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) India, the maker of the iconic Jeep, has handed over to 15 beneficiaries keys of the houses it constructed as part of a corporate social responsibility initiative. These houses were constructed for people whose properties were destroyed during last year’s flooding in Kerala and were handed over on May 3, 2019. In August 2018, Kerala witnessed the worst flood in nearly a century. It was so severe that the Government of India had declared it a Level 3 Calamity, or “calamity of a severe nature” as almost the entire state was affected. The flooding caused massive damage to homes and infrastructure, and disrupted lakhs of lives.
FCA India’s Project Shelter was kicked off subsequently in Vazhathope Panchayat, part of the worst-hit Idukki district, to provide shelter to some of the flood-affected families. The District Collector with the help of the Panchayat supported in identifying 15 beneficiaries and the project was executed by Sevalaya, a Chennai-based NGO. The foundation stone for the construction was laid on December 6, 2018, by Jeevan Babu, the then district collector. The keys to the new houses were handed over to the families by the District Collector H Dineshan, Head of FCA Engineering – Ramesh Gogineni, and FCA India HR Head Anil Kumar in the presence of the Panchayat officials.