Ek Disha Foundation Provides Assistance to Houston Flood Victims

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Floods on April 18, 2016 devastated several Houston-area neighborhoods. Many of them are still struggling to get back to normalcy. The Ek Disha Foundation is working with several relief organizations to provide assistance and supplies that are desperately needed.

Tucked away, in the northwest quadrant of Harris County lies a 30-mile area of no man’s land. Incorporated by the City of Houston, therefore, not part of the City of Katy, residents of 77084 are not privy to any City of Houston services – water is provided by a municipal urban district, trash removal is coordinated by neighborhoods through private trash companies, and public schools are split between Katy and Cypress Fairbanks School Districts. Rows of homes, strip centers with businesses and restaurants, parks, houses of worship (including 2 mosques on one street) sit just 4 miles from where Bear Creek meets the Addicks Reservoir.

Last week, during the historic April 2016 flood, many of these homes/farms took on water and almost 5,000 families in 77084 suffered property loss. For these families, there is no access to the City of Houston’s 311 Flood Information Line or City of Houston’s resources. There is no aid available through the City of Katy. They are at the mercy of community organizations like Cypress and Northwest Assistance Ministries, and kind hearted community members such as Sarah Alam and Bobbi Roland, who in spite of having damage themselves, felt their lot was far better than many of the others in the neighborhood. They opened up a resource shelter and center inside the Masjid Al Mustafa, where every day community members come to pick up necessities like food, water, diapers, and cleaning supplies. They, along with community activist, Sunny Taj, have begun the process of recovery for thousands of flood victims – in a place where no other entity could.

The Ek Disha Foundation (EDF) was humbled to be part of this effort by donating supplies, food, and water. In addition, EDF will distribute over 120 grocery store gift cards this weekend to needy families. But our work is not done. We will continue to aid this community and their efforts to rebuild, after all, this is what true philanthropy is all about.

Please continue to be part of this city’s recovery efforts, and give where you live.

The Ek Disha Foundation funds, mentors, and supports high impact, sustainable projects in the areas of health, education, and enterprise. To donate to the flood relief efforts, please visit http://ekdisha.org/donate/index.html

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Swati Narayan
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