Atlanta Hindus Assist Gulf State Evacuees

September 15, 2005

Source: INDOlink News Bureau


On September 15, 2005 the INDOlink News Bureau reported, "Volunteers from SEWA International-USA (, and alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have come together to assist families who have been relocated to Atlanta following Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of families who have been evacuated from Louisiana and Mississippi are currently living in hotels, American Red Cross shelters, or churches or staying with friends and families. Many flocked to the Georgia Convention Center on September 11, 2005. SEWA Atlanta chapter with the help of IIT Alumni Association set up an information table, and assisted hundreds of families... As a result of their research, volunteers were able to put many of those families in touch with the Dalton Red Cross shelter, which had been underutilized although it offered both housing and job search assistance... The IIT alumni group has offered tutoring services for the hurricane victims... The key contribution of these volunteers has been in bringing together available resources to the needy in a timely, compassionate way."