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UPLIFTING THE LIVELIHOODS OF SHIKARA COMMUNITY AFFECTED BY COVID-19

We at Cherish Expeditions along with Sustera Foundation have started the COVID-19 community support fundraising. It’s an emergency response to provide help for families which will help them survive this lockdown period 

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Kerala has already been hit with NIPAH Virus, 2 back to back floods and now COVID-19. Major parts of Kerala are totally dependent on tourism and they are suffering due to these natural calamities. COVID-19 hit at the beginning of domestic tourism and it is Kerala’s peak festival season, the livelihood has come to standstill like many millions across the country.

For whom? 

This fundraising exercise is for the Shikara community in Alleppey. These boat drivers are small scale daily wage workers feeding a family of four.
As there won’t be any income for the next couple of months and as these Shikara drivers are mostly working on an informal structure and not on a salaried basis, it will be a challenge for them to cope up with the situation. We have identified 50 Shikara and motorboat drivers and we would like to raise funds for the deserving.

How? 

We aim to support these families directly by providing a minimum wage by transferring in their accounts.
We are requesting the blessed and fortunately privileged to perform an act of kindness by providing 2000 INR in the hands of people who really need help.
The amount will be transferred to 50 families from the Shikara Community at Alleppey.

How does the money reach the needy? 

Cherish Expeditions along with the help of Sustera foundation, a non-profit organization working towards climate change adaptation and mitigation based out of Alleppey, Kerala works closely with the Shikara community.
With the huge network of Volunteers, friends, and social workers, Sustera has compiled a list of the local needy community.
We have collected names and details of 50 families who need the help urgently, we are in a process of collecting the information and transferring the fund directly to their account.
As a gesture of gratitude, the community will provide value addition for every 500 INR the donor contributes, he/she can avail a shikara ride any time in the coming 17 months during their visit to Alleppey. The duration of the ride will be 1 hour and the end date will be 31st December 2021. For availing this the donors can get in touch with the organizer.

Contact: Cherish Expeditions (m+91-9947207548)
This campaign is to bring tourism back and uplift local livelihoods with the Shikara community.

Updates for the donors - 

Our team will be sending weekly updates on the campaign to the donors with the details of the community’s well being and recipient testimonials.

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12th November 2020
Greetings from Cherish Expeditions and Sustera Foundation!

We wish you strength, resilience, and happiness in these trying times.

We are extremely glad to inform you that your kindness has helped the Shikara community cope with COVID-19 with the best of abilities.

As travel and tourism have reopened, we would like to extend our heartfelt invitation to visit Alleppey and avail of your complimentary Shikaara ride offered to you while you contributed to uplifting the livelihoods of the community.

Since the primary direction for Cherish Expeditions & Sustera Foundation is that of creating an IMPACT, we would like to announce our upcoming project: The Climate Change Mitigation Expedition.

In our Climate Change Mitigation Expedition, in association with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE), our tribe will have the unique opportunity to engage in building a Fish Sanctuary, contributing directly to supporting life below water which is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG-14), work towards conservation of the lake as well as handhold the communities who depend on the lake for livelihood.

Fish sanctuaries are fish accommodating regions built by humans, using bamboo which acts as an artificial mangrove. These sanctuaries help fish breed by acting as a no-fishing zone and a safe haven for the fish, thus directly contributing to the UNSDG goals of Life Below Water & Climate Action.

If you would like to be part of this change and wish to equip skillsets as a Climate leader in the fields of conservation, climate change, environment, education, agriculture, local governance, or other related fields, we would like to invite you to come to join us on this expedition from the 13th to the 19th of December 2020.

The fee for the program is INR 40,000.

This includes your food, accommodation, experiences, contribution to the community, and transit within the program, and all necessary safety precautions. As a token of gratitude, we would like to reduce the fund contributed from your side for the Shikara fundraiser respectively from the total amount for you to take part in our upcoming project and avail the Shikara ride.

Since there are only 10 slots for the program, we would urge you to apply through the form below and our team will connect with you shortly.

Link to Apply: http://bit.ly/impactexpeditions

Greetings from Cherish Expeditions and Sustera Foundation!

We wish you strength, resilience, and happiness in these trying times.

We are extremely glad to inform you that your kindness has helped the Shikara community cope with COVID-19 with the best of abilities.

As travel and tourism have reopened, we would like to extend our heartfelt invitation to visit Alleppey and avail of your complimentary Shikaara ride offered to you while you contributed to uplifting the livelihoods of the community.

Since the primary direction for Cherish Expeditions & Sustera Foundation is that of creating an IMPACT, we would like to announce our upcoming project: The Climate Change Mitigation Expedition.

In our Climate Change Mitigation Expedition, in association with Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE), our tribe will have the unique opportunity to engage in building a Fish Sanctuary, contributing directly to supporting life below water which is United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG-14), work towards conservation of the lake as well as handhold the communities who depend on the lake for livelihood.

Fish sanctuaries are fish accommodating regions built by humans, using bamboo which acts as an artificial mangrove. These sanctuaries help fish breed by acting as a no-fishing zone and a safe haven for the fish, thus directly contributing to the UNSDG goals of Life Below Water & Climate Action.

If you would like to be part of this change and wish to equip skillsets as a Climate leader in the fields of conservation, climate change, environment, education, agriculture, local governance, or other related fields, we would like to invite you to come to join us on this expedition from the 13th to the 19th of December 2020.

The fee for the program is INR 40,000.

This includes your food, accommodation, experiences, contribution to the community, and transit within the program, and all necessary safety precautions. As a token of gratitude, we would like to reduce the fund contributed from your side for the Shikara fundraiser respectively from the total amount for you to take part in our upcoming project and avail the Shikara ride.

Since there are only 10 slots for the program, we would urge you to apply through the form below and our team will connect with you shortly.

Link to Apply: http://bit.ly/impactexpeditions

7th October 2020


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Article in Kerala Kaumudi 

8th July 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support donors. Kindly check the link below for the impact report.

https://medium.com/@cherishexpeditions/successful-completion-of-the-fundraising-initiative-uplifting-the-livelihoods-of-shikara-ad9035060796
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all the support donors. Kindly check the link below for the impact report.

https://medium.com/@cherishexpeditions/successful-completion-of-the-fundraising-initiative-uplifting-the-livelihoods-of-shikara-ad9035060796
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