The first phase of the People’s Foundation’s “let’s give Solace and Shelter” program aimed for the rehabilitation of the poor and needy families of gulf expatriates have completed. The rehabilitation scheme which includes housing for needy expat families, scholarships for children of deceased expatriates, self-employment scheme for one deserving family member, land for landless expat families and debt relief by settling the outstanding bank loans of expatriate families. Assistance is also provided to complete the unfinished work of houses and also to build new homes. Peoples Foundation also provided one-year pension to three expat families. The Expatriate community played a vital role in the overall development of Kerala. MK Mohammadali, Chairman, People’s Foundation, said that the People’s Foundation has great respect for the expatriate community who played an outstanding role in the building up of Kerala and its economic and social development. The government also should come forward with new projects and schemes to provide relief and support to the many Indians who lost their jobs and those who are in crisis. The NGOs cannot fulfill all the needs and problems of our expatriate. When the government comes forward with full support and various schemes can only the problems of the expatriates be completely solved. He said that the People’s Foundation has come up with various schemes to play an active role in community building. He added that the great role and support of expatriates in the successful implementation of many projects under taken by People’s Foundation’s for the public are of paramount importance and cannot be forgotten.
The rehabilitation project was inaugurated by Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala Ameer MI Abdul Aziz in a solemn function held on the virtual reality platform. He said that human beings on earth are equal brothers and should take care of each other and work hand in hand for the progress and prosperity of the community. He added that we are going through a period of crisis and we need to cultivate empathy and social commitment to the fellow beings. Our aim during this crisis of Covid-19 pandemic should focus on building emotional and social intimacy while maintaining physical distance. In his keynote address, Kalpetta Narayanan, a prominent writer, said that Peoples Foundation by helping the families of expatriate who lost their loved ones due to Covid-19 have shown once again their sincerity and commitments to humanity regardless of caste, religion or political affiliation. Malabar Group of Companies Chairman MP Ahmed, Jamaat-e-Islami Kerala Asst. Amir P. Mujeeb Rahman, Safia Ali, Vice Chairman, People’s Foundation secretary M Abdul Majeed have also spoke on the occasion. The People Foundation had announced this rehabilitation program to the needy Gulf expatriates on the wake of the first wave of Covid 19 pandemic when it hit the GCC and was spreads across the expatriate community and when many Keralite expatriates have died. The people of Kerala welcomed this initiative with open arms. Various expatriate Malayalee communities, traders and other personalities came forward to lend a helping hand. For the implementation of the project, the data of 300 Gulf expatriates who have died due to Covid was initially collected. The People’s Foundation received applications from 73 needy families through the local system. The People’s Foundation Trust members met with the families and close relatives of each applicant and gathered information on the most needed cases and to extend our assistance to those families. The 63 most deserving families were selected. We were able to provide Rupees 2.36 Crores under this scheme to the needy families of expatriate Keralites throughout Kerala. The Peoples Foundation always ensures to seek the help and support of the local community leaders and other well wishers wherever we provide assistance and every efforts are being made to make the projects a successful one appealing to the rank and file of the local community. The Malappuram district level launching of the project was done by MP PK Kunhalikutty at Malappuram Malabar House. Malappuram Municipal Chairman Mujeeb Kateri delivered the keynote address. Sheikh Mohammed Karakunnu, state secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami was in charge of the distribution of the financial aid, urged the government to come forward for the rehabilitation of the expatriates. Abdul Rahim N, Secretary, Pravasi Welfare Forum; K, Fazalul Haq, Abdul Hameed, Yasir E and Zainuddin K were also spoke on the occasion. MK Raghavan MP at the Kozhikode district level distribution function held at Koduvalli demanded that the government should increase the schemes for the rehabilitation of expatriates. The various services of the People’s Foundation are commendable, setting an outstanding example in the field of philanthropy. He added that the People’s Foundation has been carrying out big missions even during the Covid crisis. Koduvalli Municipal Corporation Chairman Abdu Vellara received the assistance scheme. Jamaat-e-Islami regional Nasim VP Basheer presided over the function. Municipal Councillors Elangottil Haseena and K Sivadasan, Welfare Party District President Aslam Cheruvadi, Global Kerala Pravasi Association President Siddique and Pravasi Congress Koduvalli Constituency President Abdul Majeed addressed the function. Jamaat-e-Islami district president Muneer Varantharappally inaugurated the district in Thrissur. People’s Foundation District Coordinator Sadaruddin, District Secretary Muhammad Rashid and Omar Abubaker spoke. The active role of Peoples Foundation in building awareness on Covid 19 defence had great impact on the pubic and was appreciated by the speakers