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Inspiration Behind Kazhcha

'Karutha Pakshikal' says the story of a bunch of downtrodden people of the society. Living in the slum dwelling of the city, they make their daily bread, doing the low level jobs of the society. Among them, is a socially and economically underprivileged man from Thirunellveli, who migrated to the city to make his living, along with his three kids, Mayil, Azhakappan and Malli. He wanders around the streets, with his blind little daughter Malli, seated on his ironing cart. He roamed the streets, striving hard to make money for the treatment of his totally blind daughter. This is Murukan - Mammootty's new character in Kamal's "Karutha Pakshikal".

This touching story of "Karutha Pakshikal", was the inspiration to organize an event like Kazhcha 06-07, so that no human should go blind due to the lack of proper eye care & treatment, just because of the financial constraints.

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Free Eye Care Programme

It is a venture to extend free eye care & treatment to the neglected and downtrodden people of the society. This event is the first of its kind in India, organised in the name of an actor's fans association. Kazhcha 06-07, which is Maintained by Mammootty Fans Welfare Association & Mammootty Times, in association with Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre & Eye Bank Association of Kerala, will surely be a helping hand to eradicate blindness in the underprivileged society.

Under this project, around 10,000 people will be receiving free eye treatment and 1000 poor patients will have the opportunity to undergo cataract surgeries free of cost at Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly. The actual cost of each of these surgeries is around Rs.8000/-. In addition to this, all eligible patient, who are selected for surgery, will be given free accommodation, food, medicines and conveyance.

This project also includes various programmes to prevent childhood blindness in the society. One of the major activities related to this is distribution of free spectacles to the children from socially and economically backward families. The special fund received from the office of the president of India will be utilized for this purpose. Free eye camps will also be conducted at various places in connection to this project.



  • Around one crore worth free treatments

  • 10000 free out patient care

  • 1000 free cataract surgeries

  • Free spectacles to children (Below Poverty Line)

  • Training for MFWA members in primary eye care

  • Awareness programmes and collection of consent forms for eye donation

  • Special Grant from President of India for child eye care

  • Support from various international agencies like Operational Eye Sight Universal, Canada, ORBIS International, District Blindness Control Societies and Rotary International




Inauguration of the Camp at Vadakara

The first Eye camp of the project Kazhcha 06 -07, was conducted at Vadakara Town hall on 30.07.2006. A team of doctors and staff lead by Dr Thomas Cheriyan (HOD Ophthalmology Unit, Little Flower Hospital) reached Vadakara on 29th evening. Out of 686 patients who were screened at the Camp, 61 were selected for cataract surgery. All the selected patients reached Little Flower Hospital on 2nd august 2006. MLA for Angamaly Jose Thettayil received the patients at the railway station. A team of MFWA volunteers accompanied them and assisted the patients in the hospital also.

Patients undergoing Eye check-up at the Camp at Vadakara

Selected patients from Vadakara Camp at L.F. Hospital, Angamaly