India Diaspora
Diaspora body to build houses for poor in Kerala
Feb 1, 2007 - 2:31:11 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 1 - The Federation of Kerala Associations in North America - has agreed to build 100 houses for the poor in Kerala.

Speaking to reporters here Thursday, State Housing Minister Binoy Viswam said Fokana representatives, including their president Sasidharan Nair, had met him and State Housing Board officials to discuss the project.

Fokana is an umbrella organisation of non-resident Keralites in North America and Canada.

Speaking to IANS, Viswam said the project was initiated when he told Fokana officials that apart from investing in the state they have a social responsibility too.

'The project would cover the entire state. Initially it would be 100 houses. But we have requested them to build at least 10 houses each in all 14 districts,' said Viswam, adding that the construction would take off soon.

'There are several non-resident Keralite organisations willing to take up social causes. The Fokana project would be the first such programme and the government has pledged full support,' Viswam added.

Set up in 1983, Fokana has emerged as the biggest socio-cultural organisation of Keralites outside the state.

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