"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8: 28).
Melam Foundation has completed 30 years of its service. In the last three Decades, we were able to provide treatment to over 1 lakh 54 thousand poor patients through a strong network of over 1025 hospitals and 1500 doctors. As we enter into the 31st year, a plethora of activities are planned.
Other than offering medical assistance to the poor patients, Melam Foundation also wishes create awareness in the society about mental health. In all levels, be it at the grass root level, or at the administrative level, there is a dearth of awareness. Faulty/ negative thinking is one of the main reasons for conflicts, and struggles. Once the attitude is set right, 90% of the problem is resolved. More awareness programs need to be organized at various levels for not just propagating the power of positive thinking but the significance of 'possibility thinking'. It is the art of converting a problem or an obstacle into an opportunity or rather seeing one's weakness positively as an area for improvement using various other alternatives. In short, impart training for innovative and original work and to think out of the box for possibilities and solutions.
Sadly, one of the evils hindering India's growth is corruption. It starts from the traffic police to the high up ministers. I would like to train a team from Melam to stand against corruption. Wherever, anyone is not given justice, they can contact the Melam team who would convene into the matter for on the spot resolution.
To eradicate corruption from the grass root level, it is not only fear that should be instilled in the people but honesty has to be habituated. For this, at all levels of the society, honesty should be rewarded and recognized through various forms of appreciation. To inculcate the habit of honesty, Melam would also like to be actively involved in recognizing honest people who stay strong on their principles irrespective of the circumstances. This will not only bring peace but also transparency and prosperity to our country.
Unlike how it was when I started Melam business, many corporates wish to set aside a portion of their profit for the society out of legal compulsion or otherwise (Companies Act 2013, CSR mandate). But they may not want to spare their resources or time for social activities. Melam Foundation can act as an NGO for them to channelize their CSR funds to be used for the growth, health and well-being of the society through Melam Foundation's vast network of hospitals and doctors.
As part of our expansion programs, we have already launched cancer awareness program in 500 schools at Kerala, in association with the Deepika Daily and Sargakshetra Social Cultural Center, Changanacherry. More details are available at: www.hatindia.com. It's state level inauguration was done by our Hon'ble Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on 26th July 2016 at Christ Nagar School, Trivandrum.
I'm looking forward to updating you with more activities. I would like to propagate that `Selfless Service to Humanity` is the best work of life for a peaceful, satisfied and successful living and for a better world order. I would like to thank all my supporters for their well wishes and prayers. For any query, please do get in touch with us.
Kurian John Melamparambil