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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 31/03/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A group of people in Oman have come together to help people suffering from chronic diseases and other ailments around the world.


The initiative, named Thannal (meaning shade' in Malayalam), encourages people to donate money needed for at least a meal. People of all nationalities can contribute to the initiative, and the money will be disbursed among ailing patients in their respective countries.


''Right now more than 120 people, including Omani nationals, have contributed to our initiative. The initiative, which started a few months back, has helped five patients in India until now. They were given around RO100 (R15,500) each,'' said G C Babu, who began the initiative.


The beneficiaries of the initiative are selected through a screening process.


''Applicants can submit their request for help along with a medical report and a doctor's certificate. The request is screened by a panel of members after which the money is transferred to the patient or his relative's account,'' Babu said.


The group plans to approach companies and other institutions to get more contributors.


''Our initial feedback has been good. What surprised me most is the reaction from labour camps. Many in the camps have expressed their desire to contribute. We hope to give aid to at least five persons every month,'' Babu said.


Anil Kumar B, another member of the group, said that it was the desire to help the poor which brought about the idea for such an initiat

 






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