The charity has gone to the public with the seasonal appeal of ‘New Year 2018’ featuring the cases of 11 underprivileged families in Kerala, who are severely affected with medical/socio/financial conditions. The appeal was delayed due to the backlog of the previous huge project of BMCF Scholarship for nursing students, the largest ever project undertaken by the charity so far, which was completed on 2nd January 2018 by distributing the funds.
The appeal has gathered a momentum with the support of UK malayalees and have raised over £ 6000.00 so far and expected to raise more before the closing date.
The first among the selected case was of 23 years old Ashmy Dinesh from Kothamangalam, who succumbed to her liver disease and passed away unexpectedly just before the appeal was going to release. However, it was unanimously decided by trustees to include her case to support her grieving husband and little child. 39 years old Shiby from Karumatty, Ambalappuzha, Alappuzha district is suffering from kidney diseases and as an insult to injury, he recently fell from while climbing coconut tree. Also, the case of Ramkumar from Ayarkkunnam, Kottayam is attention seeking as he met with a road traffic accident and had to remove his right leg to recover from the injury. He is now looking to organise an artificial leg so that he will be able to do some kind of job to support his mother and can build up his life too. Another case featured is of Annamma from Kozhuvanal, Kottayam, whose legs were amputated due to the severity of her medical condition i.e. diabetes. The ill fate of a family of four who met with a road accident and has been bedridden for months looking for others help is also featured in the ‘New Year Appeal 2018’. 41 year old Manish from Thrissur was travelling on two wheeler motorbike with his wife and two children last year in January while met with an accident. A family from Kambammettu in Idukki District has a pathetic story with 19 years old Jibin George is suffering from acute kidney disease and he needs an urgent replacement where his mother is ready to donate but exorbitant expenses is a hinderance for them to proceed further. His father was a mason but fell recently which made him unable to work with his usual job. Sheeja from Kannur has a different story and she is secluded from her marital family due to children’s gender discrimination. She has two daughters, which made her isolated from her family and led to divorce from her estranged husband from a different state of India.
The appeal also have narrated the life story of two families, where children had to discontinue their studies due to poor financial background. Sravana from Ellumpuram, Muttom in Indukki district has no means to study along with no proper housing. There is another family with same situation at Thumpimala, Kollappally in Kottayam Dist. Three children find it difficult to continue their studies due to insufficient financial resources in the family. Josephine, a resident at Kokkamangalam, Cherthala in Alappuzha dist. had also met with a road accident an year ago while she was pregnant and her husband Antony find it very difficult to meet her medical expenses from his job as a driver.
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