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24nd July 2010 – Fund Raising food stall "Thattukada" during KAOW Cricket Tournament - For the third year, Care & Share volunteers from the Kerala Association of Washington organized a fund raising food stall "Thattukada" during the Association's cricket tournament. About fifteen housewives prepared delicious home foods such as idli, vada, cutlet, etc. and served the players and viewers. A total of more than $600 was raised. Care & Share uses the proceeds from "Thattukada" towards its project with National Association for Blind (NAB) Kerala Branch. This project serves 28 vision/hearing impaired children with multiple disabilities in Trivandrum district. The project tries to empower them through various therapies and physical training to make them self-sufficient to the greatest extent possible. More information about this project is available here.

   
 

26th November 2009 – Fundraising campaign for Anwin & Abel - Care & Share volunteers are joining the efforts to drive funds for Anwin & Abel who are both affected by the genetic disorder Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS). You can find more details here.

   
 

18th October 2009 – Medical Camp at Chellanam, Kochi - In association with DMO's Office in Ernakulam, Roshan Eye Care Hospital and Cochin Kidney Foundation, a medical camp was organized at Chellanam, Kochi. A total of 238 villagers attended the camp. All of them were screened for blood sugar, blood pressure, albumin, height & weight. Few people were identified with high diabetics and blood pressure. They were referred to CKF for further free evaluation and tests. 71 eligible patients will receive free eye glasses and 6 patients will get free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. Sincere thanks to Mother Theressa Health Care & Charitable Services, Chellanam for providing all the local facilities. Free glasses will be distributed on November 22nd, 2009.

   
 

10th September 2009 – Sanitation facility for 10 households - Chellanam is mainly a fishing village, and many of its inhabitants depend upon the seashore for the sanitation needs. Care & Share built restrooms for 10 households at the expense of $2,000.

   
 

22nd August 2009 – Fund Raising food stall "Thattukada" during KAOW Cricket Tournament - For the second year, Care & Share volunteers from the Kerala Association of Washington organized a fund raising food stall "Thattukada" during the Association's cricket tournament. About fifteen housewives prepared delicious home foods such as idli, vada, cutlet, etc. and served the players and viewers. A total of more than $500 was raised, and these funds will be used towards Care & Share's project with National Association for Blind (NAB) Kerala Branch. NAB Kerala has identified 26 vision/hearing impaired children with multiple disabilities. The project tries to empower them through various therapies and physical training to make them self sufficient to the greatest extent possible.

   
 

8th August 2009 – Home construction completed - The construction of a house for a needy family that started in January was completed and the keys were handed over. This is the 12th home that Care & Share has built in this area during the past few years. A total of $3,600 spent towards this project. See our news on 26th January 2009 for more details.

   
 

1st August 2009 – Fundraising event "Ganolsavam 2009" - Care & Share volunteers in Seattle worked with the popular music troupe Geetanjali to conduct a live Malayalam orchestra to raise funds towards the cause of Palliative Care. The first ever such event for the Malayalee community event in the Seattle area was well received, raising a total of $4,600. The funds will be utilized for the rehabilitation of the families afflicted with diseases like cancer or long term disability. Care & Share works with Pallium India to deliver its commitment towards this noble cause.

   
 

25th July 2009 – Further support for Lenin - Care & Share, along with Kerala Association of Washington, had supported the cancer treatment of the 8th grade student Lenin from the Alappuzha District. The boy was in critical condition and sought immediate medical help. For the third time Care & Share extended the help with Rs 25,000 ($550) to take care of the urgent hospital expenses. For more on this see the news dated 27th April 2009 & 10th June 2008.

   
 

24th July 2009 – Greater Chicago Food Depository in Chicago receives support - The proceeds, $1,000, from the fund raising party on July 11th were sent to Greater Chicago Food Depository to support the cause of feeding needy people in and around the city of Chicago. $1,000 will help to serve close to 2,500 meals.

   
 

11th July 2009 – Fundraising event "Drink to End Hunger" - Care & Share volunteers in Chicago organized a fund raising pub party at Bar Louie Dearborn Station to raise funds for Greater Chicago Food Depository. This "Drink to End Hunger" party had more than 35 attendees, raising close to $1,000.

   
 

18th June 2009 – Children's home receives support - Galeela Children's home in Karukutty takes care of 21 orphaned kids. Care & Share responded to the support request from the institution's director, Mr. Chandran Thottumgal, with a visit to the facility followed by the extension of support of Rs 50,000 ($1,200) to take care of the educational expenses, clothing needs and the sleeping cots.

   
 

17th June 2009 – Two patients receive support - Two patients from Chellanam village near Kochi received Rs10,000 ($225) each towards their treatment costs. One patient, who makes his living by casting nets in small streams and fields, has to undergo a surgery for tumor at Ernakulam General Hospital. The other patient is a fisherman who is currently admitted to Lourdes hospital related to heart complaints.

   
 

12th June 2009 – Support for a house reconstruction - A financially struggling family in the Trivandrum District had bad damage to their home after a tree fell onto it. The entire roof and most of the walls were shattered. The family approached the government housing grants dedicated for the sections below poverty line. The Government provided funds equivalent to $1,000, far short of the actual requirement to rebuild the home. Care & Share provided $1,000 to help this family. You can find here the request that Care & Share received asking for the support.

   
 

12th June 2009 – Inauguration of Chellanam drinking water pipeline infrastructure - The implementation of the drinking water pipeline infrastructure at the second location in Chellanam village was completed and started functioning. To learn more about this project, see our news on 25th of April.

   
 

3rd May 2009 – Medical Camp at South Paravoor - Along with Chythanya Hospital Pain and Palliative Care Society and IMA Cochin Women's Wing, Care & Share organized a medical camp concentrated in cancer detection services. Facilities included pap smear testing, women's health checkup and ultra sound scanning. More than 150 people benefited from this medical camp.

   
 

27th April 2009 – Support for Lenin continues - In June of 2008, with the help of Kerala Association of Washington, Care & Share had supported the cancer treatment of an 8th grade student. The disease resurfaced in 2009 January and the boy needs to go through another round of expensive treatments. Born to a fisherman from the Alappuzha District, the expenses are way more than his family can afford. Again, Kerala Association of Washington extended a hand to the boy through Care & Share. Together with KAW, Care & Share supported the family with Rs 80,000 ($1,600).

   
 

25th April 2009 – Care & Share continues its support to improve Chellanam’s drinking water pipeline infrastructure - In Chellanam, drinking water is mostly supplied through the tanker lorries. In addition to carrying water on their head, villagers often have to walk through muddy lands and streams to collect the water. To reduce this extreme inconvenience, last year, at one location of the village, Care & Share implemented the solution of laying the pipelines at various points, much closer to their homes. The tanker lorry will feed water at one end, and the villagers can simultaneously collect it at multiple locations. Finding the success of this, Care & Share implemented a similar infrastructure at another location in the village. The total cost for this project was $750. A kinder garden and 60 other families will benefit from this program.

   

10th April 2009 – Care & Share supports a rural Pain & Palliative Care center in the Trivandrum District - Through Pallium India, Care & Share is supporting the Pain & Palliative Care Center at Nandiyoda (Palode) in the Trivandrum District. A payment of $1,000 has been sent to Pallium, India, towards this purpose.

   
 

15th March 2009 – Multispecialty Medical Camp at Amaravathy - A medical camp was organized at Amaravathy, Kochi by Care & Share, IMA Cochin Women's Wing and IMA Medicine Bank. Doctors from the disciplines of General Medicine, Pediatric care, Skin care and Gynecology were available. Lab facilities such as blood/urine tests, ultrasound scanning, and pap smear tests were provided.

   

13th March 2009 – Mathrubhavan old age home receives support - Mathrubhavan, run by Karamel Koyikel Charitable & Educational Trust, at Karikode in the Kottayam District is the home for more than 20 senior citizens belonging to different castes and religion. The home received a donation of Rs. 1,08,000 ($2,200) to take care of inmates' medical expenses.

   
 

26th January 2009 – Home for a needy family - Care & Share is building a home for a poor family in Chellanam, Kochi who were living in a hut. One of Care & Share’s supporter’s family visited the village and was touched by the extreme poor conditions lived by many. They decided to help at least one of the families by building a house for them. The foundation stone for the house was laid by Care & Share President, Mr. Tony Devassy. The total expenditure for this project is close to $3,700.

   
 

18th January 2009 – Multispecialty Medical Camp at Cherlai - A medical camp was organized by Care & Share, IMA Cochin Women's Wing, Lions Club of Cochin Metro City, SSM Eye Research Foundation and Giridhar Eye Institute, Kadavathra at Cherlai, Kochi. Doctors from the disciplines of General Medicine, Vision care, Pediatric care, Skin care, Gynecology and Nephrology were available. Lab facilities such as blood/urine tests, ultrasound scanning, and pap smear tests were provided. Needy patients will receive free cataract surgery at Giridhar Eye Institute in Kadavanthra.

   
 

4th January 2009 – Medical camp for the drivers of Kerala State Motor Vehicles Department at Thripunithura – In connection with Road Safety Week observed by the Government of Kerala, Regional Transport Office in Thripunithura, Kochi approached Care & Share Kerala Chapter to conduct a medical camp for its drivers and their family. A total of 191 people attended the camp, undergoing various tests for vision, diabetics, kidney diseases, etc. Detailed treatments were suggested for some people, and they were referred to Cochin Kidney Foundation and Roshan Eye Care Hospital for treatments, free of cost. Free eye glasses will be provided for those who are not financially stable at Roshan Eye Care Hospital.

   
 

31st December 2008 – Snehagiri Mithralayam Aged Home receives Care & Share financial support – Started in 1995, this shelter is one of the projects of the Snehagiri Society. Currently, there are over 20 inmates who are provided with food, medical care, counseling and medication. This institute depends on generous public support to meet its daily expenses. Care & Share donated $1,500 to support the institute's medical expenses for an entire year. This is the third payment of Care & Share's commitment to support the institution for at least three years.

   
 

31st December 2008 – Support to NAB Kerala Continues – National Association for Blind provides services for the rehabilitation of children with deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities through early intervention. NAB’s Kerala wing, operating from Trivandrum, is the only one of its kind in the State of Kerala. Care & Share started its support to NAB Kerala in 2008 for an initial term of two years. This project supports 26 children with multiple disabilities that NAB Kerala has identified in Trivandrum District who need basic preparatory and educational services. The total cost for the whole project for two years is estimated around Rs. 5,75,000. Care & Share is sponsoring 20% of its expenses for a total of Rs. 1,20,000 in two years. The second installment of $1,400 for 2009 has been sent to NAB Kerala. You can find the project proposal here.

   
 

31st December 2008 – Scholarship for the Medical Education - Care & Share continues its support for the medical graduate (MBBS) studies of a student from Trivandrum. This is the final year of the student Karakonam CSI Medical College and the second year availing Care & Share support. The student's father is under the palliative care of Pallium India after an accident. The scholarship amount for the student is $2,250 per year for a term of two years. This is one of the rehabilitation cases that Care & Share is supporting through Pallium India.

 

27th December 2008 –  - Scholarship for the professional education - Through various projects, Kottapuram Integrated Development Society (KIDS) tries to empower lower sections of the society in four districts in Kerala - Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad. One of the major initiatives of the society is to empower women through Self Help Groups (SHG). Care & Share introduced a scholarship program for the children of KIDS' SHG members to support their professional education. Sixteen students from these needy families received Rs 6,000 ($130) each. A total of $2,100 was spent for this program.

23rd December 2008 – "Care for the aged" project - "Care for the aged" project brings together 50 senior citizens twice a month under a single roof so that they can share among themselves their joy, sorrow and hope. The project includes transportation of the senior citizens, lunch and light snacks. The project cost is $3,300 for a year and the payment has been already sent.

   
 

20th December 2008 – Boy with severe accidental flame burns receives support - Kerala Association of Washington worked with Care & Share to support a boy who suffered major burns when he was 5 years old. He underwent a series of reconstructive surgery in the years following the accident, which corrected some of the deformities. He is now 10 years old and needs to go through the next round of surgeries such as left ear, nose, hairless scar, extensive grafted area on the face, next maxilla and elbow. The subsidized surgeries at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences cost close to $5,000. Care & Share supported the family with $3,750.

   
 

30th November 2008 – Eye glasses distribution - Free eye glasses for the needy patients from the medical camp held on 12th October 2008 are distributed.

   
 

20th November 2008 – Spastic patient receives support - Kerala Association of Washington worked with Care & Share to support a patient with severe spasticity from the Kannur District. The patient had to go through multiple stages of surgery and various therapies after that. Care & Share supported the family with $1,000 to ease their financial struggle to a limited extent.

   
 

16th November 2008 – Multispecialty Medical Camp at Mavelikkara - 340 people attended the camp organized by Care & Share, Mavelikkara Diabetic Club, St.Mary's Church, Cochin Kidney Foundation, Roshan Eye Care Hospital, IMA and Malayala Manorama. Blood and urine samples were analyzed using Auto Analyzer and resulted were provided within 2.5 hours. Facilities such as ECG, ultra sound scanning and vision checkup were also provided. Some patients will receive free eye glasses and free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. Eye glasses will be distributed on 14th Dec. Additionally, free glucometers were provided to juvenile diabetic patients.

   
 

15th November 2008 – "Fooz for a Cause" concludes - A fundraising foosball tournament was conducted for Office Server Group Teams to support Care & Share's NAB Kerala project during Microsoft’s Giving Campaign. The recommended donation for participation was $25 with an equal company matching. 15 teams participated, raising more than $750. In the finals of the 3-ball category, Brian Robbins & James Railton beat Rob Neff & Erick Lerma to claim the title. In the traditional 1-ball category, Pankaj Mohindru & Jie Tang beat Rob Howard & Kolby Hoover to clinch the trophy. Care & Share thanks all the participants who supported this event.

 
 

20th October 2008 – Scholarship for higher education - Care & Share is sponsoring the professional educational expenses for six students from Chennayipara Ashramam in Peechi, Trichur. These students are attending various professional degree courses such as nursing, computer applications, social works, etc. A payment of $5,250 has been sent to Chennayipara Ashramam.

   
 

18th October 2008 – Three patients receive support - Two patients from Kumarakom panchayat in Kottayam and another patient from Ponnarimangalam in Kochi received financial support towards their treatment costs. The Kumarakam patients both had tumor growth that had to be removed through surgery. They each received $175. The patient from Ponnarimangalam had chronic kidney disease and was undergoing dialysis. She received $250.

   
 

12th October 2008 – Multispecialty Medical Camp at GSS Hall Kochi - Care & Share, jointly with GSS Sangam, Pedikr Family Group, Lion Club of Cochin, Cochin Kidney Foundation and Roshan Eye Care Hospital, organized a multispecialty camp at S.S. Kalamandir, Thirumala Shopping Complex in Kochi. A total of 287 people attended the camp. 252 people in General Medicine, 203 in vision care, 20 in pediatric care, 69 in Kidney checkup, 43 in dental and 63 in women's care availed the services from the respective disciplinary in the camp. Lab facilities such as blood/urine tests, ultrasound scanning, and pap smear tests were utilized by 192 people. 50 needy people will get free eyes glasses and 5 will get free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. Free eye glasses will be distributed on Nov 30th.

   
 

14th September 2008 – Inauguration of Chellanam drinking water pipeline infrastructure - To ease the pain of distributing drinking water in one locality of the Chellanam village, Care & Share laid out pipelines at the expense of $750. Through these pipelines, the water from the tanker lorries can be accessed by more than 60 families, much closer to their homes.

   
 

2nd September 2008 – Three orphanages receive support - Three orphanages in the Ernakulam District received Care & Share’s support for the welfare of its resident kids. Care & Share’s Kerala Chapter President, Mr. E. R. Menon, handed over checks in the amount of $400 each to the superiors of House of Providence in Kakkanad, Home of Faith in Kakkanad, and St. Thomas Girls Orphanage in Vengoor.

   
 

15th August 2008 – Heart Patient receives Care & Share Support through ADC&SW Society - Care & Sharer received request to support a heart patient who has 90% block in his main valve. The patient is a fisherman  and come from a very poor background in Chellanam. The angioplasty operation would cost more than Rs 1,20,000 ($3,000), and there is no way the family can afford it by themselves. The family's savings and the support provided by their well-wishers could  only raise about $1,000. Care & Share provided $1,750 to meet his treatment expenses. Care & Share worked with Alleppey Diocesan Charitable & Social Welfare Society to send the funds to the patient.

 

14th August 2008 – Care & Share supports a rural Pain & Palliative Care center in the Trivandrum District - Through Pallium India, Care & Share is supporting the Pain & Palliative Care Center at Kariamkulam in the Trivandrum District. A payment of $1,240 has already been sent to Pallium, India, towards this purpose.

 

10th August 2008 – Fund Raising food stall during KAOW Cricket Tournament - Members of the Kerala Association of Washington  ran a fund raising food stall for Care & Share during the association's cricket tournament. A team of thirteen housewives prepared delicious home food such as idli, vada, cutlet, and sandwiches and served them to the players and viewers. The tournament lasted for the whole day, from 8am to 8pm. A total of $950 was raised, and  these funds will be used towards Care & Share's project with National Association of Blind (NAB) Kerala Branch. NAB Kerala has identified 26 vision/hearing impaired children with multiple disabilities. The project tries to empower them through various therapies and physical training to make them self sufficient to the greatest extent possible. Care & Share supports 25% of the total cost of the project at the expense of $1600 annually for two years.

 

25th July 2008 – Chronic kidney patient receives Care & Share Support through ESSS - Care & Share received a request to support a 32-year-old man suffering from acute kidney dysfunction. He was a daily wager and has been rendered jobless since the ailment. His family includes his mother, wife and two kids. The treatment costs around Rs 16,000 ($400), which  includes  eight dialyses  and costly medicines. Care & Share worked with Cochin Kidney Foundation to arrange 20 dialyses for the patient.  In addition, through Ernakulam Social Service Society (ESSS), Care & Share supported the patient with Rs 40,000 ($1000) towards the treatment costs.

 

22nd July 2008 – Snehagiri Mithralayam Aged Home receives Care & Share financial support – Started in 1995, this shelter is one of the projects of the Snehagiri Society. Currently, there are over 20 inmates who are provided with food, medical care, counseling and medication. This institute depends on generous public support to meet its daily expenses. Care & Share donated $1,700 to support the institute's medical expenses for an entire year. This is the second payment of Care & Share's commitment to support the institution for at least three years.

 

22nd July 2008 – Care & Share to improve Chellanam’s drinking water pipeline infrastructure - In Chellanam, drinking water is mostly supplied through the tanker lorries. In addition to carrying water on their head, villagers often have to walk through muddy lands and streams to collect the water. To reduce this extreme inconvenience, Care & Share is implementing the solution of laying the pipelines at various points, much closer to their homes. The tanker lorry will feed water at one end, and the villagers can simultaneously collect it at multiple locations. The total cost for this project is $750.

 

15th July 2008 – 20 households receive Rain Water Harvesting Tanks - The construction of  twenty rain water harvesting tanks in Chellanam and Methala panchayats have been completed. Both of these coastal villages are surrounded by saline lakes and badly lack clean drinking water. Care and share worked with Mother Theresa Health Care & Charitable Services in Chellanam and Kottapuram Integrated Development Society to identify the right beneficiaries and to administer the work. A total of $6000 was spent towards this cause at an estimated cost of $300 (Rs 12,000) per tank.

 

1st July 2008 – Care & Share to Support S.O.S Children's village in India - SOS Children's Village of India is a non-profit, non-government, voluntary organization, committed to the care of children in need. The aim and objective of SOS-India is to provide long-term, family-based care to orphaned children and to strengthen disadvantaged families as a preventive measure against abandonment and social neglect of children. In 2008, Care & Share is sponsoring   six children at its Alwaye center in Eranakulam district. The annual expense for this cause is $900.

 

10th June 2008 – KAOW works with Care & Share to help 8th grade student - Kerala Association of Washington received a request to help the son of a fisherman from Alappuzaha, Kerala who is undergoing treatment Acute Myelogenous Leukemia with maturation. To maximize the benefit, Kerala Association worked with Care & Share to raise funds for this 14-year-old.  The boy’s family had raised funds locally and through the newspapers, but fell short by Rs. 25,000 ($600). Care & Share supported this family with $600 to meet the remaining expenses towards the required treatment cost. For more details visit http://www.kaow.org/lenin.htm

 

16th May 2008 – Rehabilitation of Cancer Patient's family thru Pallium India - Mr. Vijayakumar, pancreatic cancer patient, was under the care Pallium India for more than four months before he expired at the end of April. He had to sell his property and house, on a mere five cents of land, to meet the treatment expenses and his elder daughter's marriage expenses. His mother, wife and two younger daughters were temporarily living in a shed in that was 3/4 of a cent ( approximately 320 square feet). With the funding support from Care & Share, Pallium India helped the family to build a small house. Care & Share also provided the financial assistance required for Mr. Vijayakumar's second daughter to complete her second year of Teachers Training Certificate Program (TTC). A total of $1000  was paid to Pallium India to take care of the expenses.

 

1st May 2008 – Care & Share increases Cochin Kidney Foundation Support to 250 in 2008 – Kidney-related diseases are  increasing exponentially in India, especially in Kerala. According to the statistics provided by Cochin Kidney Foundation (CKF), in Kochi city alone, 6000 dialyses are done in a month, out of which more than 1200  need financial support. Care & Share provided 145 dialyses through CKF in 2007, but decided to increase that number to 250 in 2008 due to the  rising need. With the cost of one dialysis at Rs 1000 ($25), the total support for this cause is around $6250.

 

15th April 2008 – Care and share donates home care vehicle to Pallium India - Care and Share donated a mini van to Pallium India for the convenience of home care team to visit their patients. Pallium India takes care of patients who are in the final stages of diseases such as cancer. A team of doctors, nurses and volunteers visit the homes of these patients for palliation and pain management. The team  engage in the field work five days a week in different parts of Trivandrum. The team previously used a rented vehicle to accommodate all of its members; however, the vehicle was both costly and did not provide much space. A vehicle for its own operations was the biggest immediate  necessity for Pallium India. Pallium India Chairman Dr. M. R. Rajagopal expressed his wholehearted gratitude to Care & Share for supporting this noble cause.

 

14th April 2008 – NISH India receives Care & Share support - National Institute of Speech and Hearing has integrated  its various locations to a single campus, but the construction is far from over. Finding the government support inadequate, the institute is reaching out to the public and well-wishers to raise the funds for the completion of the construction. Care & Share donated $2000 to support the campus construction. For more details, please visit http://www.nishindia.org/dontn.html

 

6th April 2008 – Eye glasses distributed - Free eye glasses for 120 patients selected from Chellanam camp held on March 2nd were distributed by Fr.Tobias Thekkepalackal at St.George Church Parish hall.  Ninety seven patients received bifocal lenses, and the rest received monofocal lenses. A total of Rs. 16,415 ($410) was spent towards the eyeglass expenses.  Eleven patients received free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. Their expenses for conveyance, medication and surgery were completely met by the hospital.

 

30th March 2008 – Medical Camp at Kochu Kadavanthara, Ernakulam - A total of 180 people benefited from the camp organized by Care & Share, Roshan Eye Care Hospital, Cochin Kidney Foundation and Academy of Pediatrics, Kochi. All of the participants were screened for blood sugar, blood pressure, albumin, and body mass index. Ultrasound scanning for suspected cases of bladder stones and abnormal growths were provided. A pediatrician was available for the consultation of children, and women had access to Pap smear tests. A few people were referred to Cochin Kidney Foundation for further free evaluation of chronic kidney diseases.   Thirty-nine needy patients received free eye glasses on May 4th. Four deserving patients received free cataract surgeries free of cost at Roshan Eye Care Hospital.

 

2nd March 2008 – Multispecialty Medical Camp at Chellanam, Kochi – In association with Roshan Eye Care Hospital and Cochin Kidney Foundation, a multispecialty medical camp was organized at Chellanam, Kochi. A total of 245 people attended the camp. All of them were screened for blood sugar, blood pressure, albumin, height & weight. 22 probable cases were referred to Cochin Kidney Foundation for further free evaluation of Chronic Kidney Diseases. 117 eligible patients were selected for free eye glasses and 11 patients were selected for free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. 35 people got free ultra sound scanning as well. Sincere thanks to Mother Theressa Health Care & Charitable Services, Chellanam for providing all the local facilities. Free glasses will be distributed on April 6th, 2008.

 

29th February 2008 Rain water harvesting for ten households in Methala Methala Panchayat in Thrissur District is fully surrounded by saline water and badly lacks clean drinking water. The area receives 3 metres of rain every year. Harvesting the rain water  into ferro-cement tanks and using it during the non-rainy months can solve the drinking water scarcity for most of the households. Care & Share is implementing this solution for ten most needy households in 2008 through Kottapuram Integrated Development Society. The estimated cost for this project is around Rs. 1,15,000 ($3,000). You can find the project proposal here.

 

10th February 2008 – Eye glasses distributed – Free eye glasses were distributed for 65 patients selected from Medical camp for the drivers of Kerala State Motor Vehicles Department held at Roshan Eye Care Hospital, Thripunithura on December 30th 2007. The total cost for the eye glasses were around Rs. 9425.

 

20th January 2008 – Support of 120 dialyses for needy Kidney patients – During the year 2008 Care & Share will support needy Kidney patients through Cochin Kidney Foundation. With the cost of one dialysis close to Rs 1,000 the budgeted amount for this cause in 2008 is around Rs. 1,20,000.

 

20th January 2008 – Eye glasses distributed – Free Eye glasses for 153 patients selected from the Panayappilly, Kochi medical camp held on December 9, 2007 was distributed at Mujahid School Premises. In addition, more than 10 patients from the camp received free cataract surgery at Roshan Eye Care Hospital. The total expenditure for the eye glasses alone was around Rs 18,100.

 

18th January 2008 – Care & Share blog is now available – In order to deliver Care & Share news and updates to the public through yet another channel, we have launched a blog space. The supporters and well wishers can use this space to discuss our activities and provide us your feedback or improvement suggestions. We also will be uploading various photos related to our activities.

Blog Site – http://careandsharenews.spaces.live.com

RSS Feed – http://careandsharenews.spaces.live.com/feed.rss

16th January 2008 Care & Share to support NAB Kerala – National Association for Blind provides services for the rehabilitation of children with deaf-blindness and multiple disabilities through early intervention. NAB’s Kerala wing, operating from Trivandrum, is the only one of its kind in the State of Kerala. This year, NAB Kerala has identified twenty such young children coming from poor backgrounds who need basic preparatory and educational services. The total cost for the whole project for two years is estimated around Rs. 5,75,000. Care & Share will support the project by sponsoring 20% of its expenses for a total of Rs. 1,20,000 in two years. You can find the project proposal here.

 

10th January 2008 Rain water harvesting for ten households in Chellanam – With the Arabian Sea to the west and salinized lake on the east, Chellanam village in Kochi is in a low place with marshy sand. Scarcity of pure water is one of its most acute problems. The only reliable solution for this serious problem is roof top rain water harvesting, which collects rain water from roofs and filters the water into a 5000 liter Ferro cement tank. In 2007, Care & Share built this solution for ten households and the positive feedback that we received encouraged us to extend this support in 2008 for another ten more households. The estimated cost for this project is around Rs. 1,20,000.

 

30th December 2007 Medical camp for the drivers of Kerala State Motor Vehicles Department at Thripunithura – In connection with Road Safety Week observed by the Government of Kerala, Regional Transport Office in Thripunithura, Kochi approached Care & Share Kerala Chapter to conduct a medical camp for its drivers and their family. A total of 162 people attended the camp, undergoing various tests for vision, diabetics, kidney diseases etc. Detailed treatments were suggested for some people, and they were referred to Cochin Kidney Foundation and Roshan Eye Care Hospital for treatments free of cost. Free eye glasses will be provided for those who are not financially stable on February 10, 2008 at Roshan Eye Care Hospital.

 

29th December 2007 Humanitarian of the Year Award presented – The 2007 Care & Share Humanitarian Award for the best social worker was presented to Mr. K. M. Noordeen by retired Supreme Court Justice Ms.Fathima Beevi at Sahitya Academy Hall in Thrissur, Kerala. Mr. Noordeen is the founder and chairman of Alpha Pain Clinic in Edamuttam, Thrissur which began in 2005, providing homecare to bed-ridden patients as well as those with incurable diseases. In 2006, it expanded its operations to include day care and in-patient facilities. In a short span of 30 months, the Alpha Pain Clinic has registered about 1000 patients, out of which 400 are currently availing of its services. Alpha Pain Clinic today is one of the largest home-based palliative care providers in India.

 

29th December 2007 - Care & Share to support KochiPallcon – The 15th International  Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care will be held at Kochi from 8th to 10th of February 2008. Care & Share has extended its support for this event through Pallium, India A payment of $1,300 was made today during the Humanitarian Award Ceremony held in Thrissur, Kerala.

 

29th December 2007 - Payment made for the first rural palliative center – During Care & Share’s Humanitarian of the Year Award function today in Thrissur, Care & Share gave a check for $1,300 to Pallium, India to support the Pain & Palliative care unit in Muttacaud, Trivandrum. This is first of the four such units Care & Share is supporting during the year 2008. Pallium India took the initiative to start four Palliative Care Centers in the rural areas of Trivandrum District that otherwise lacked in providing Palliative Care.

 

16th December 2007 - Eye glasses distributed – Free eye glasses were distributed for 73 patients selected from the multi specialty medical camp held at Panagad on November 18th. The total cost for the eye glasses were around Rs. 9350.

 

9th December 2007 - Eye care camp at Panayappilly, MattancherryA well attended Eye Care camp was organized today under the supervision of Dr. Roshan. Around 278 people attended and all the patients, undergoing both vision and kidney screenings through blood and urine testing. Free eye glasses will be provided to the needy patients on January 20th at Mujahid School premises. Cochin Kidney Foundation will provide free consultation to those who require further checkup with Nephrologists. We extend our sincere thanks to Rajagiri School of Social Science Outreach Centre for their volunteering efforts. Islamic Youth Services, an organization involved in lot of philanthropic activities, was the local host for the camp.

 

18th November 2007 - Multi Specialty Medical Camp at Panagad In association with Bharat Rani Youth Movement, Parekkat Trust, Roshan Eye Care Hospital, Cochin Kidney Foundation, and Cheppanam Diabetic Club, a medical camp was organized at Parekkat Trust Hospital at Panagad. A total of 325 people attended the camp. Though originally planned to have Dermatologists and General Medicine doctors from the local Govt Primary Health Center, they could not attend due to Govt Doctors strike in the state. Twenty five people were referred for detailed check up for potential renal problems. Seventy three needy people will get free eye glasses. Ten patients from very poor families will get free cataract surgeries from Roshan Eye Care Hospital. We thank Parekkat Trust and Bharat Rani Group for sharing some of the camp expenses.

 

15th November 2007 - Care & Share to support four Palliative Care Centers in rural areas of Trivandrum District – Care & Share will work with Pallium, India to support four Pain & Palliative care units in the rural areas of Trivandrum District in Kerala on a matching basis in 2008. The four centers are: Muttacaud, Nanniyode, Karimkulam, and Murukkumpuzha. Each center should raise funds locally, and Care & Share will match it on a 1 to 1 basis up to Rs. 50,000. In Kerala, Trivandrum district has been particularly bad in palliative care coverage.  Trying to address this need, Pallium India took initiative to develop the above four centers in 2007.

 

20th October 2007 - Kerala Center, New York to honor Dr.Gopalakrishnan with Humanitarian Award - Care & Share director Dr.Gopalakrishnan has been selected for the prestigious Humanitarian Award by the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center for his outstanding services in the field of Philanthropy. Among his many contributions for the welfare of local community, most notable is the establishment of a full fledged hospital in his home village Panagad in Kochi district. The patients are charged either a nominal fee or none at all. The clinic was built to have all the emergency facilities necessary for a village, including ambulance service to major city hospitals.

 

17th September 2007 - Chellanam Housing Project Phase II completed - The project, in association with Association of Kerala Medical Graduates (www.akmg.org), to build 6 more houses for the Tsunami affected families in Chellanam village in Kochi has been completed. The total cost of construction was $15,000.

 

15th September 2007 – Professional education scholarship – 6 students from Chennayipara Ashramam will get the support of Care & Share to achieve their dream of professional courses such as nursing, computer applications, social works, etc. All the expenses such as tuition fees, hostel fees, books and mess fees will be met by Care & Share. The necessary funds, $6,000, will be dispatched during the first week of October.

 

10th September 2007 - Care & Share to honor Mr.K.M.Noordeen with Humanitarian of the year 2007 award - Mr. Noordeen is the founder and chairman of the Alpha Pain Clinic (www.alphapainclinic.com) in Edamuttam, Thrissur, which began in 2005,. The Alpha Pain Clinic provides home care to bedridden patients, as well as those with incurable diseases. In 2006, it expanded its operations to include day care and in-patient facilities. In the short span of thirty months, Alpha Pain Clinic has registered about 1,000 patients, 400 of which are currently availing of its services. Alpha Pain Clinic today is one of the largest home-based palliative care providers in India.

 

30th August 2007 – Snehagiri Mithralayam Aged Home receives Care & Share support – Started in 1995, this shelter is one of the projects of Snehagiri Society. At present, there are more than 20 inmates who are provided with food, medical care, counseling and medication. The institute depends on generous public support to meet its daily expenses. Care & Share donated Rs.70,000 to support the institute's medical expenses for a year.

 

24th August 2007 – Capernaum Sneha Bhavan receives Care & Share support – Capernaum Sneha Bhavan in Kochi is a home and shelter for the uncared and unattended destitute in the city. Run by Sr. Juliet Joseph, this shelter takes care of more than thirty people, many of which are chronically ill. Sr. Juliet depends on the institute’s well wishers to meet its expenses for medical treatments, clothes, and daily bread. Care & Share donated Rs. 30,000 to support the inmates of this shelter.

 

12th August 2007 – Multispecialty Medical Camp – Care and Share, jointly with GSS Sangam, Pedikr Family Group, Lion Club of Cochin, Cochin Kidney Foundation and Roshan Eye Care Hospital, organized a multispecialty camp at S.S. Kalamandir, Thirumala Shopping Complex in Kochi. 160 people for general checkup, 148 people for vision screening, 70 people for dental checkup, 30 people each for Pediatric and Ortho screening, and 15 people for renal problems were benefited by the event. 58 women turned up for consulting gynecologist. The camp also included dermatologists and Homeopathic doctors. Facilities such as blood sugar checking, blood pressure checking, ultrasound scanning, and pap smear testing were provided. Extremely poor patients were selected for supply of eye glasses and cataract surgeries.

 

10th July 2007 - NISH India receives Care & Share support - National Institute of Speech and Hearing (www.nishindia.org) is integrating all its operations to a single campus in Trivandrum. Care & Share donated $1250 to support the campus construction.

 

4th July 2007 – Rain Water harvesting project completed – Construction of Rain water harvesting tanks for 10 households in Chellanam village in Kochi district has been completed and ready to use. During rainy season water from the roof will be collected and filtered into a Ferro cement tank of about 5000 liters. The water is used later during the summer times. Chellanam has acute shortage of clean drinking water due to Arabian sea on one side and salinized lake on the other side. Rain water harvesting is the most successful solution so far in this area.

 

28th June 2007 – Support for Chennaipara Kitchen construction – Care and Share has donated $3000 towards the kitchen construction of Chennaipara Ashramam. This shelter for the homeless and mentally and physically challenged has a total of 450 inmates. The total construction cost is expected to be close to Rs. 15 lakhs (close to $40,000). Current kitchen is in a very pathetic condition and can serve only a very limited people at a time.

 

22nd April 2007 - Care & Share donates Rs. 60,000 for the Cancer patients in Ernakulum General Hospital. The cancer ward in this government run hospital treats 50-70 in-patients. The hospital hardly has any resource to cover for the patients’ medical needs. Most of these patients come from extreme poor conditions and backgrounds. Nuns from the nearby convent have offered voluntary services to take care of those patients in the advanced stages of the disease. The donation amount will be used for the medical needs especially for painkillers like Morphine. The support will be spread over a period of 12 months with a monthly payment of Rs 5000 each.

 

10th April 2007 - Former Care & Share vice-president passes away – Mr. Mathew Kuriakose passed away during his sleep today at his residence in Chicago. He was the back bone of Care & Share right from the organization’s inception in 1990. He was instrumental in bringing supporters to Care & Share fund raising events such as golf outing, dinner nights, etc. He had been under treatment for kidney and heart diseases for the past five years.

 

16th March 2007 - Ashley Elenjickal is the new vice-president – In the board meeting today at Chicago Ashley Elenjickal was unanimously elected as the new vice-president of the organization. The current vice-president Mr. Mathew Kuriakose is battling with chronic kidney and heart diseases and undergoing several treatments. He will remain in the board as one of Care & Share directors.

 

24th March 2007 - Chellanam Phase 1 houses are officially handed over – The 5 houses built in association with Kerala Association of Washington (www.kaow.org) for the Tsunami victims of Chellanam Village, Kochi was officially handed over to the beneficiaries by the Cochin Rotary Club Global. Rotary club administered the construction work.

 

12th March 2007 - Foundation stone for Chellanam Phase II houses and Rainwater harvesting laid – Foundation stone for constructing 6 more houses for the tsunami victims in Chellanam village, Kochi was laid today. Construction of rainwater harvesting tanks for 10 households have also been started. The works will be administered by vicar priest Fr. Tobias Tekkepalakkal of Chellanam St. George Church.

 

26th February 2007 - Mr. Manjoo Menon Passes Away - Mr. Manjoo Menon is the founder of Raksha Society at Mattanchery, Kochi for the care of special children. The center provides relief to both mentally and physically challenged kids. Mr. Menon was Care And Share humanitarian award recipient in 1997.

 

18th February 2007 - Free medical camp for the early screening of Kidney diseases, diabetes and hypertension was held at SCS Menon Memorial Hall at Eloor, Kochi. 82 people attended the camp and blood samples are sent for the analysis. The expenses were shared by Melam Charities (www.melam.com/php/mvjm.php), Care & Share and Roshan Eye Care Hospital (www.roshaneye.com). Cochin Kidney Foundation (www.cochinkidneyfoundation.org) president
Dr. Georgy. K. Nainan examined the patients.

 

7th January 2007 - Free medical camp for the early screening of Kidney diseases was held at Mulanthuruthy, Kochi. The camp was organized by Y’Mens International, Mulanthuruthy Unit and sponsored by Care & Share, Roshan Eye Care Hospital (http://www.roshaneye.com) and Cochin Kidney Foundation (www.cochinkidneyfoundation.org). A total of 250 people attended the camp.

 

13th December 2006 - Care & Share visits Chellanam village – Care & Share officials visited Chellanam village in Kochi today to check on the progress of the houses built (phase I) for the tsunami affected victims. The 5 houses being built are towards the end of the construction with the sanitation and window doors pending. The houses are of good quality and Rotary Club Global, Kochi has done a good job in administering the work. In association with Kerala Association of Washington (www.kaow.org) Care & Share had donated $8000 towards the construction cost.

 

14th November 2006 - Care & Share visits Chennayipara Ashramam – Care & Share officials visited the facility for homeless, mentally and physically challenged people. This shelter is home for more than 75 kids and around 300 adults. The facility is very well run under the leadership of Fr. George Kannamplackal who is the Director of the institute; he also lives as one of the inmates.

 

5th November 2006 - Pallium India receives $10,000 support from Care & Share – During the humanitarian award ceremony held at IMA hall, Care & Share donated $10,000 to Pallium India (www.palliumindia.org) to support its activities.

 

5th November 2006 - Dr. Rajagopal receives Care & Share humanitarian award – In a function held today at IMA Hall, Kochi, Dr. Rajagopal received the award from public works minister Sr. T. U. Kuruvilla. Dr. Rajagopal is a pioneer in the field of pain & palliative care. He is now the Chairman of Pallium India which works with other agencies to develop Pain & Palliative care services for the Indian sub-continent.
 

1st October 2006 - Care & Share to honor Dr. M. R.Rajagopal with Humanitarian of the year 2006 award - Dr. M. R. Rajagopal is a pioneer in the field of Pain & Palliative care. He is one of the founders of Pain & Palliative Care Society in Calicut Medical College with over 60 link centers in various parts of northern Kerala. The society won the "Center of excellence" award from World Health Organization(WHO) and has been a WHO Demonstration Project in palliative care for the developing world since 1996 (http://www.painandpalliativecare.org). He is currently chairman of Pallium India which works with other agencies to develop Pain & Palliative care services for the Indian sub-continent. Humanitarian award ceremony is scheduled on November 5th at IMA hall in Kochi, Kerala.

 

20th August 2006 – The scheduled Care And Share free Eye camp hosted by “Dr.C.C.Prasad Memorial Cultural Study Centre” was held at Karimugal Community Hall in Kochi today. Dr.Roshan George from Roshan Eye Care Hospital, Tripunithura lead the volunteers and Ratheesh Opticals, Tripunithura provided vision testing facilities. Apart from eye check up for vision related diseases, camp provided other facilities such as blood sugar, blood pressure, urine albumin test, weight check etc. A total of 196 people attended the camp.

Free eye glasses are prescribed for selected 80 deserving patients and free cataract surgery was prescribed to 22 other patients. Cataract patients should produce fitness certificate before surgery. Carbon and Chemical Company, Karimugal volunteered to meet the expenses for 50 eye glasses; rest of the cost was met by Care and Share.
 

13th August 2006 – The fifth medical camp in SEEK program series was held at YWCA Auditorium, Chittoor Road, Kochi today from 9am to noon. A total of 57 people attended the camp.

 

5th July 2006 - Dr.Sachidananda Kammath, Vice President of Care And Share Kerala Chapter is elected as the Secretary of Indian Academy of Pediatric and Disability Group. Care And Share heartily congratulates Dr.Kammath on his new role and wishes him all the best to successfully lead the organization.

 

11th June 06 – “We One Charity” receives Care & Share support – “We One Charity” operating from Kalady, Kerala received financial support from Care & Share today in a small gathering of 30 people. Care & Share Kerala Chapter President Mr.E.R.Menon hander over the fund to the association president. “We One Charity” helps poor patients in the locality to meet the medical expenses. They were instrumental in getting drinking water to the village on a regular basis. They were also successful to get State Transport bus service to the village easing the pain of students and other workers.

 

4th June 06 – Scheduled multidiscipline camp was held today at St.Sebastian Parish Hall at Kochu Kadavanthara, Kochi from 9 AM to 1 PM. Facilities such as blood/urine tests, blood pressure / weight checking, eye / vision tests etc were provided. A total of 183 patients attended the camp. Fr. Francis Desilva, Vicar of St.Sebastian Church thanked the organizers, volunteers and doctors and offered every support in their future ventures.

31st May 2006 – Fund drive to support community member – 10 days fund drive of KAW ( Kerala Association of Washington www.kaow.org ) in association with Care & Share to raise funds for a Leukemia affected community member family ended today. For further details please visit http://www.kaow.org/viraj.htm

 

28th May 06 - "Santhwanam" receives support from Care & Share - "Santhwanam" Pain & Palliative care unit in Tanur, Malappuram District, Kerala, India has received $2500 from Care & Share to better serve the under privileged people in the locality suffering from Cancer and other chronic diseases. The fund will be used for various needs like medicines, water beds, mobile clinics etc. The fund was sent to the parent organization operating from Calicut Medical college www.painandpalliativecare.org and will be allocated to "Santhwanam" on the project basis. "Santhwanam" office bearers are working on a project plan and will update Care & Share once the plan is finalized.

26th May 06 - Chellanam Project for Tsunami Victims Update - Kerala Association of Washington (KAW www.kaow.org) officials have informed Care & Share that Chellanam project to build houses for the Tsunami affected families will be completed by the end of July. The fund ($8000) raised by KAW in association with Care & Share will provide housing for 5 families. 2 houses have been almost completed and the rest are progressing very fast. The cost of building one house is approximately INR 80,000 – 90,000. Care & Share would like to thank Rotary Club Global, Cochin for driving the project in Chellanam Village near Kochi district in Kerala, India.

 

14th May 06 - The third medical camp in SEEK program series was held at University Colony, Kalamassery, Kochi. The camp was inaugurated by the Local MLA Mr.Usuf at 9 AM and Dr.Georgy K. Ninan from Cochin Kidney Foundation provided the necessary guidance for the well functioning of the camp. A total of 103 people attended the camp.

2nd April 06 - The report for the first SEEK camp held on 7th March at Panagad has been received from the lab in Mumbai and it reports that 26 people requires further investigation. The cost for this investigation is estimated to be around Rs.1000 per person. Care and Share is working with labs and hospitals to get this done at 50% of the cost. Care and Share is also working on the financial aid to the needy people to cover the discounted price.

The tentative date for the next SEEK camp is 7th May. This will be confirmed in the next few days.
 

7th March 06 - Care and Share Kerala Chapter in joint with Cochin Kidney Foundation, Cheppanam Diabetic club and Harvard Medical School (USA) - SEEK Project organized a medical camp at Panagad on 7th March 2006 in connection with World Kidney Day (9th March 2006). The camp was held at Rural Health Centre Panangad, Kochi (now run by Lekshmi Hospital Ernakulam) from 6 AM to 10 AM. The main participants were the residents of Kumbalam Grama Panchayath which includes 17 Wards. All the Ward members, Care and Share Kerala Chapter team, Cochin Kidney Foundation officials and Dr.Ajay K. Singh were present in the camp. Dr.Ajay K Singh is a Kidney specialist and also a Harvard Medical School Faculty. He is a Member of Nation Kidney Foundation and drives Screening and Early Evaluation of Kidney Disease (SEEK) program in India. 100 persons were accommodated for drawing blood and collecting urine sample. The tests will be conducted in Mumbai and details with the test result analysis will be soon sent.

Villagers were much enthusiastic about the camp and were in the queue right from 5:30 AM. The fasting blood and urine were drawn for analysis. Refreshments were provided after the blood drawl. An awareness program with the aid of audio visual means was also held as part of the camp. A public meeting was organized by Care and Share at the close of the camp.

Dr.Ajay K. Singh spoke on the SEEK project and expressed much satisfaction on the enthusiasm shown to the program by the rural population especially women. A large group of women actively participated in the camp. A total of 500 persons are planned to covered through SEEK program. 4 more similar camps will be held soon with the help of local Diabetic Clubs. The date and venue of the subsequent camps under SEEK Project will be finalized shortly.

During the evening there was a another awareness program organized at Hotel Le Meridian where a large number of invitees were present. Care and Share Kerala Chapter President welcomed the gathering. Dr.Ajay K.Singh spoke on awareness specially in India which has become a necessity as per the statistics available about the fast spreading Chronic Kidney Disease. IMA Cochin, Cochin Kidney Foundation, and many charitable organizations also participated in the program. Chairman Great Cochin Development Authority presided on the occasion.

You may find the following article by Dr.Ajay K. Singh useful:

Diabetes And Kidney Disease In India
Dr. Ajay K. Singh

http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/article.php?article_id=2548

19th February 06 - Care and Share Diabetic Club at Cheppanam organized a talk with the support of audio visual aids by Dr.Georgy K.Nainan on Diabetes and what all things common man should be aware of. Mr.Jesudas of Nova Nordisk medical suppliers also spoke on the topic. Dr.Nainan spent sufficient time to interact with the audience to clarify their doubts and everyone enjoyed the meet. It was decided that there will be a bi-monthly meet with a talk followed by discussion and interaction with the audience.

15th January 06 - Scheduled Free Eye Camp was held today at Cochin University Colony, Thrikkakara Village at 9 AM. The camp was formally declared open by the Chairperson Kalamassery Municipal Council. A Total of 284 patients including men, women and children turned up for treatment. There were maximum cases of Allergy [which is seasonal in Kerala], Diabetes, and other Eye Diseases and Vision defects.

60 poor deserving patients have been selected for distribution of free eye glasses on 19th February at the same place at 11 AM. Blood sugar was checked in the case of 89 persons. 5 patients have been asked to attend the Hospital [Roshan Eye Care Hospital] as they were found to require detailed checkup. 6 patients - poor and deserving have been selected for free Cataract Surgery and dates given to them subject to their producing Medical Fitness Certificate before surgery.

The Camp was very much appreciated by all the patients since it was for the first time they got a chance to get so much of medical support at their door. The villagers included Autoriksha Drivers, Vegetable Vendors, menial workers, Rag pickers, etc

   


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