A group of Malayalis called Malayali Friends Group (MFG), which was formed through a chain of emails, has donated over Rs 5 lakh to educate 31 girls from various states in India. The group has also contributed Rs 10 lakh as seed capital to help 100 blind people in India start their own ventures. MFG is also in talks with Blind People’s Association (BPA) in Ahmedabad for a similar initiative.
The group was formed three years ago, when Gopal Nair, who works at a private firm in Ahmedabad, sent out a mail to his friends seeking matrimony for some members from the Malayali community. The mail led to a chain of members, followed by a network, which began to exchange mails seeking matrimony and jobs.
What started as a web-based network with just 10 members in January 2009, has grown into a group of over 1.51 lakh from 82 countries. While continuing to seek help for various causes through emails, MFG has now set up a trust called Millennium Charitable Trust (MCT) headquartered in Ahmedabad.
“We seek help from the respective district collector to identify visually impaired children whose parents cannot afford their treatment. The children who can benefit from vision-restoration surgery are operated upon at hospitals we have partnerships with,” said Nair.
Till date, MFG has contributed over Rs 83 lakh towards various social causes like helping poor and elderly people, for girl child, cancer patients, visually challenged and handicapped.