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Star descends on tribal hamlet

A surprise visitor ignited sparks of joy and surprise among the tribal population of the Kundalakkudy Tribal Colony near Munnar the other day. The visitor was none other than the evergreen hero of Malayalam cinema, Mammootty.
The actor visited the tribal village to dedicate ‘Poorvikam’, a new welfare programme initiated by the Care and Share Foundation, which is headed by him.
The objectives of the programme include providing technical education to tribal youth, training in stitching to tribal women, a comprehensive health plan for the tribal people and an anti-drug campaign for the youth.
The visit of the super-star created a festive mood in the colony located 30 km away from Munnar.
Oorukoottam president Kanthaswamy and tribal head Gopalan Mooppan led the celebrations organised by the villagers to welcome the actor.
During the interaction, the tribal population shared their grievances with Mammootty. When a tribal youth Santhosh requested financial aid for a surgery to remove the tumour in his forehead, Mammootty promised him that the Foundation would take care of his medical treatment.
The tribals told the actor about the threats their community were facing. They complained that they were living on the edge. The actor assured them the support of the Care and Share Foundation to better their standards of living. Mammootty’s wife Sulfath also accompanied him during the visit.
Meanwhile, Care and Share managing director Fr Thomas Kurian Marettypuzha said that the ‘Poorvikam’ programme will be extended to tribal villages in other places in the state.
Tribal king Kozhimala Mannan Rajamannan was also present.

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