(by Amar Mehta, Richmond & Twickenham Times, 3rd October 2018)
Thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by flooding in the Indian state of Kerala will be given urgently needed humanitarian assistance, thanks in part to a grant from the Twickenham Masonic community.
The floods, caused by the worst monsoon in a century, have affected 5.5 million people, including 361 who have lost their lives. Nearly three quarters of a million people have been displaced and around 20,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Half of the £20,000 will go to Plan International UK, which will be using the money to provide food rations for displaced families, while the rest will be distributed to flood victims directly by Freemasons from the District Grand Lodge of Madras.
The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is…