Jose Kidangan Community Fund

Jose Kidangan Community Fund

From Charles Kidangan

Hello, my family is raising contributions in my father's name to assist the poor and unfortunate people in his childhood community, Koratty Kerala India.

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21 days ago

Hello everyone,

First and foremost, thank you family, friends, and all supporters to this campaign! One of our first donations went towards the construction of temporary homes for those affected by the floods in Kerala. As you may have heard, severe floods affected the state during the monsoon season, one of the worst in centuries. Many families were displaced, along with deaths and infrastructure failure. Our contribution aims to assist the homeless victims in need until they can get back to their normal lives.

For more information on the flood:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Kerala_floods

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A brief description of my father, who recently passed away  - 

For as long as I can remember, my dad always voiced his passion for morality, justice, and equality among all of society.  He did the best in his capacity to help others all the while not asking for the credit.  This makes it difficult for me to list the good things he has done to help others' lives better.  A notable act that he did during his youth while he was in politics was campaigning hard to have a dirt village road turned into a wider street with asphalt.  This long windy road (K.K. Road, Koratty Kerala) is still being used for the benefit of countless pedestrians and commuters and is named after his grandfather.  Coming from a poor town in Kerala, India and migrating to the United States, Jose Kidangan never forgot his roots.  He worked hard, and not only supported his core family but also sacrificed for the benefit of other relatives and friends in need.  He was never greedy for money and led a simple life.  He loved to discuss politics and befriend those who can help communities improve.  Relationships were very important to him - by humbling ourselves and helping others, we can make small changes in this world.  

That being said, the purpose of this fund is to help those in need of help & encouragement in his childhood town, a place that was very dear to him and where he gives credit to who he became.  In his honor, we would allow the local town church to disburse financial assistance in the name of achievement awards, housing and/or medical needs.

Our goal is to place the $5k (or more) we raise into a fixed account indefinitely.  The annual interest generated from the account would be awarded to individuals or families as announced by the church.  A check would be written directly to the person(s) name so that we will have an accurate record of disbursements.  

When we reach our goal and proceed, I will update everyone every year of the financial assistance the fund was able to provide.  Our hope is that the recipients of this help will not only succeed in life, but also be encouraged to give back to their communities.  If we could all selflessly serve others, the world can be a better place.  

 

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Charles Kidangan posted a new update:
21 days ago

Update #2

Hello everyone,

First and foremost, thank you family, friends, and all supporters to this campaign! One of our first donations went towards the construction of temporary homes for those affected by the floods in Kerala. As you may have heard, severe floods affected the state during the monsoon season, one of the worst in centuries. Many families were displaced, along with deaths and infrastructure failure. Our contribution aims to assist the homeless victims in need until they can get back to their normal lives.

For more information on the flood:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Kerala_floods

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Charles Kidangan posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #1

Hello everyone!

We have surprisingly exceeded out goal in record time! Thanks to every single one of you for this amazing support. I wish Dad was around for at least a brief moment to witness this unity for a noble cause.

Several of you have expressed interest in further contributing to the fund, so we will increase our original goal. Our family will continue to match the total. We are excited to get this under way!

We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

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