Eye For the Blind

Malayalee Association of Rockland County started 3 years ago. Though it is a cultural organization, we are giving more importance to charity. Eye for the Blind charity program is our flagship charity program and It is well known among our Malayalee community. Through the Lions Charity Trust Hospital in Paika, Pala, Kerala, India in 2010 we sent substantial amount for the eye surgery. In 2010 itself around 13 blind individuals were able to see the light through our program.

In 2011, 18 blind people were undergone for surgery through our eye for the blind program and they all have restored their eye sight. The amount was hand over to the Lions Charity Trust Eye Hospital by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Hon. Oommen Chandy during the FOMAA convention at the Kottayam Mammen Mappilai Hall. Our Advisory Board Members, Gopi Nath Kurup, M.A. Mathew & Sunny Poulose were able to attend the ceremony in Kottayam, Kerala, India.

If any of you are interested in donating any amount to this noble cause, please contact any MARC officials. The amount you are donating is absolutely tax exempted.

Eye for the Blind Charity program celebration held at the Kottayam Mammen Mappilai Hall, Kerala, India on January 14, 2012.

Lions Charitable Trust Eye Hospital Administrator Dr. M.S. Ramakrishnan is receiving the check from MARC Advisory Board Member Mr. Gopi Nath Menon.

Standing with him are MARC Executive Committee Member Mr. Sunny Poulose and MARC Advisory Board Member Mr. M.A. Mathew (Bavachen).

Executive Committe Member Mr. Santhosh Manalil presenting check to Mr.Lonappan from Kerala, India in 2010, for his eye surgery.

In 2014 ,November we had our third fund raiser for the same program and the entire Rockland Malayalee community has encouraged this program by giving their contributions. The committee has decided to give the $5000 we collected in two batches to deserving charity organization in Kerala. The first batch of $2500 was given again to Lions Charity Trust Hospital in Paika, Pala, Kerala and 20 people restored their eye sight this year. The letter we received from the hospital is attached below. We also received the names and details of the 20 individuals that undergo the surgery, which we are not publishing online.

The letter says "Your contributions made it possible for 20 poor patients restore their eye sight and it will be rewarded to see their joyful tears after seeing the colors of life again. May the almighty showers his blessings on all the members of the Malayalee Association of Rockland County"

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