Indian's In Kuwait celebrated Kuwait's Golden Jubilee
KKMA’s BEAUTIFUL KUWAIT campaign
a grand success
Kuwait - 25 February 2011.
The Indian community in Kuwait joined in celebrating
the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of State of
Kuwait in a special way. Hundreds of
volunteers representing Indian community attended
the Beautiful Kuwait - Neighborhood
Park Clean up Event organized by Kuwait Kerala
Muslim Association (KKMA), a leading social welfare
organization of Indian nationals in Kuwait.
The event was patronage by
Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish
Resources (PAAAFR) and supported by Indian business
units, namely, UAE Exchange Center, Gulf Mart and
Apsara Bazaar and various Indian associations.
The program began at 8:00
a.m. with a volunteer procession participated by
KKMA members, employees of participating business
units, school and Madrasa students along with
The inaugural session
started with a solemn flag hoisting ceremony by
Shakir Awad, general manager of PAAAFR.
Vinod Kumar, First Secretary
at Indian Embassy inaugurated the event and conveyed
the warmest greetings of India to leaders and people
of Kuwait. On behalf of the Ambassador of
India to Kuwait, he felicitated His Highnesses the
Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Crown
Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and the Prime
Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah and the
Kuwaiti people on the occasion.
Elaborating the concept of
Beautiful Kuwait, Sageer Trikarpur, chairman of KKMA
explained that the campaign aims to demonstrate the
community spirit for keeping the neighborhood clean
and safe. “It is also a symbol of love and
appreciation of Indian nationals towards Kuwait and
an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to
Kuwait and its people”, he added.
Mohammad Ghareeb Hatem,
chairman of KKMA’s Indo Arab Relations Committee
appreciated the organizers, the participating
organizations and volunteers for conducting such a
beautiful event. He explained that the program
exhibits the civilized image of Indians in Kuwait
and a good gesture that reflects the firm and strong
relations between the two countries.
The inaugural session was
presided by Abdul Fatah Thayyil, president of KKMA.
As the program coincides with KKMA’s 10th
anniversary celebrations, Thayyil requested the
support of all who attended in realizing
Association’s ongoing social change programs.
Pancily Varkey, Country Head
of UAE Exchange Center, Ramesh T.A., Country Head of
Gulfmart, Mahmood Abdulla, Managing Director of
Apsara Bazaar, N.A. Muneer, Vice Chairman of KKMA
felicitated the event.
associations, Faisal Manjeri (KIG), Hasan Koya,
Aboobaker (Kala Kuwait), Aboobaker Siddique Madani
(IIC), Abdulla Vatakara (SYS), Sathar Kunnil (IMCC),
Munawar Mohammad (CIGI), Thomas Mathew Kadavil, J.
Albert (Kala), Abdul Kader, Sathar Kunnil (IMCC),
Chandra Mohan (FOKE), Salam Kalanad, Anil Kallar
(KEA), T.M. Ishak, Hsan Yusuf (KMWA), Murali Manohar
(Kalanjali), Helen Pinto, Swarna Shetty (Tulu Kotta)
and Durriya (TNT) attended the inaugural session.
Prior to the clean up event,
all participating volunteers and guests took a
solemn pledge to keep the environment clean and safe
and do their part to protect the environment led and
administered by K. Basheer, the organizing secretary
The enthusiastic volunteers
formed in 10 teams cleaned up the entire Jleeb Park
and surrounding areas including of sidewalks,
children’s play area, football and cricket courts by
collecting trash from the entire site and disposing
them safely. The program started at 8:00 a.m.
and ended with an awareness campaign in Abbasiya
wherein hundreds of volunteers went to the community
to spread the message of cleanliness.
The cultural show conducted
by Shamsuddin Kottappuram and participated by young
kids of KKMA’s ladies wing IMLA enthralled all
audience who reached the Jleeb park in an early
morning to celebrate Kuwait’s independence day.
The event was first of its
kind event wherein a large number of social
organizations joined together for a public cause.
Along with KKMA, Tulu Koota Kuwait, Kalanjali
Kuwait, Indian Islahi Center, Kerala Islamic Group,
Kasargod Expatriate Association, Friends of Kannur
Expatriates, Karnataka Muslim Welfare Association,
and employees of UAE Exchange Center, Gulfmart,
Apsarabazar and TNT joined to make the event a grand
KKMA’s general secretary
A.P. Abdul Salam proposed vote of thanks and the
program was ably compeered by S.M. Basheer,
president of KKMA’s Dakshina Kannada chapter.
The day was marked as a day for service to
demonstrate what is possible when individuals
join hands to create change. It is through this
kind of citizen engagement that we will address
the critical challenges of our community and
nation. The campaign team, Hamza Payyanur as
team leader, Ibrahim Kunnil, K. Basheer, B.M.
Iqbal along with KKMA’s central and branch
committee leaders ensured the success of the
Kuwait, January 19 : His Excellency Mr. Ajay
Malhotra, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, kicked off
the Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association’s (KKMA) 10th
anniversary celebrations. The event became very
aureate with the presence of leading
personalities from various organizations ,
media, business institutions and different
walks of life as they witnessed the
grand inauguration of the 10th anniversary as
well as the second phase launching of KKMA’s
renowned Model NRI Project (Mathruka Pravasa
Padhathy – MPP) by the Ambassador. The inaugural
ceremony was held at Indian Community Senior School,
Salmiya on Friday, January 14.
Ajay Malhotra appreciated the works of KKMA and its
leaders for undertaking excellent social projects
like initiation of six free kidney dialysis centers
which are running in Kerala and Karnataka states. He
said that the Model NRI project facilitates a great
change in society what is normally quite difficult.
Apart from money and sources, firm determination and
indefatigable minds have been part of KKMA’s
successful achievements, which are very essential to
make such projects a reality. This
proving social organization can indeed make a
positive impact in the society and particularly
create general awareness at the ground level. This
is a trend, which social workers and other
organizations can follow and bring it in to their
actions. The Model NRI project (MPP) presented by
KKMA is a humble initiative in this direction.
It is an effort to create awareness about the
situation of NRIs to address the problem in earnest,
Ajay Malhotra added.
Chairman Sageer Trikarpur made a presentation
briefing about all social projects which KKMA
carried out in the last nine years and also the
future projects chalked out as part of the 10th year
celebrations. He illustrated the complete details of
ten varieties of social projects which KKMA plans to
execute this year at the cost of Rs 2 Crore.
CIGI Executive Director N.V. Kabeer, UAE Exchange
Country Head Pancely Varkey, Gulf Mart Country
Manager T.A. Ramesh, Apsara Bazar MD, Mahmood
Abdulla, Indian Community School Chairman Ashok
Kalra, Vice Chairman Archie Menezus, Kairali TV
Reporter Thomas Kadavil, KIG Vice President Faisal
Manjery, Dr. Ameer Ahameed- IDF, Joseph Thankachan –
Desiyavedi, Sam Painamood – Deshabhimani, Aby
Varikkad – OICC, M.T. Muhammed – IIC, Gafoor Faizi –
Islamic Center, Jacob Channappetta – Cultural
Congress, J. Albert- Kala, Thomas Panicker- Lawyers
Forum, S.A. Labba – IASCO, Salam Kalanad- Kasaragod
Association, Sadiq – Al Shaya Co. Manager, Hassan
Yousaf, and Shabeer Mandoli were felicitated on the
CIGI Gulf Coordinator Munawer Muhammed, Abdul Samad
–KKIC, Khaleel Rahman- Youth India, Jacob Mathew,
S.A.P Azad, V.P.Shokath – KIG, Chesil Ramapuram,
Faseehullah – Friday Forum, Sathar Kunnil – E
jalakam, P.K. Haris – Gulf Madhyam, Muhammed Riyaz –
Ayanam, Ashraf Ayyoor –MES were the special guests.
Mementos of appreciation were presented to Indian
Ambassador Ajay Malhotra by KKMA Chairman
Sageer Trikaripur and to N.V. Kabeer, Executive
Director of CIGI by Ajay Malhotra. Abdul Fattah
Thayyil, President of KKMA delivered the welcome
speech and General Secretary A.P. Abdul Salam
concluded the first session with a vote of thanks.
A second session was also conducted as part of the
Model NRI’s phase 2 launch, which became
memorable with the lecture of Mr. N.V. Kabeer who
partners KKMA in model expatriates program. Mr.
Kabeer highlighted the importance to have a proper
plan in expatriates especially among their life
partners about child education, care, and saving
strategy in life etc. N.A. Muneer Vice Chairman of
KKMA delivered an introductory speech. The event
became gracious and colorful with the OPPANA
(traditional dance) performed by the children under
the support of KKMA ladies wing IMLA. Arifa Abdul
Fattah, Nameerah Hisham, Nasreeen Siddique,
Nafeesath Muneer presented the awards to the winners
of different contests conducted by IMLA. KKMA
Scholarship awards were also distributed on the
occasion by Muhammed Ali Matra, Ibrahim Kunnil,
Sayyed Rafeek, and A.V. Mustafa, leaders of KKMA.
S.M. Basheer, President KKMA-DK branch, compared the
session successfully. Organizing Secretary K Basheer
proposed the vote of thanks.
Towards the end of the programme a video screening
of KKMA social drama “Who will bell the cat” was
played for the audience which again won everyone’s
Vice Chairman P.K. Akber Siddique, Vice Presidents
K.C. Rafeek, B.M. Iqbal, Hamza Payyanoor,
Secretaries Shukoor Maniyanodi, Rayin Kutty Haji,
Basheer Meladi, and Razak Meladi, and S.M. Farooq
supervised the event.