2 October 2018

Students and faculty of Bishop Benziger College of Nursing actively participate in flood relief efforts

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), as part of its continuous outreach efforts about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shares this story related to Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, submitted by the Bishop Benziger College of Nursing, a UNAI member institution located in India. 

2 October 2018 Bishop Benziger College of Nursing - BBCON (India), a member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), which is a self-financing professional college run by the Christian Latin Catholic Diocese of Quilon, recently participated in a significant relief initiative. The College has as one of its missions: "To prepare young nursing professionals, competent to deliver comprehensive holistic health care with special emphasis on community health services to meet the health needs of medically underprivileged areas of our community".

Therefore, dedication to the most vulnerable is at the center of the College and it is one of its key fundamental values. In that sense, members of this institution of higher education volunteered their services for flood relief activities at the Allappey district on 31 August 2018. According to the Rapid Needs Assessment Report on Kerala Flood, 2018 issued by Sphere India, the Indian state of Kerala experienced "the largest disaster of flood and land slide after 1924". This year, says the report, "the south west monsoon in Kerala started in the last week of May".

The document warned that "most of the districts in coastal, middle and high ranges of the state" were affected by heavy rain fall. As part of a mass cleaning initiative directed by the district Collector -the officer in charge of revenue collection and administration of the district-, students and faculty rendered their whole hearted service at the Sanatana Dharma College in Alappuzha. Activities included collection and segregation of waste materials from the campus as well as the extensive cleaning of the north block as per the guidance of camp officers.

The enthusiastic and timely support extended by students and faculty helped in the relief and expedited restoration of academic activities on campus.