Ottapalam is a scenic little town, located on the banks of the river Bharathapuzha in Palakkad district, Kerala. Ottapalam Welfare Trust (OWT) is based in this municipality, with its reach extending beyond Ottapalam, to the districts of Palakkad, Thrissur and Malappuram.
OWT is a charitable trust set up in 2001, by a small group of people from different walks of life, who came together with a common dream, of giving back to their community. OWT serves the less privileged, with emphasis on women, children and elderly.
The work at the Trust focuses on two key areas – healthcare and livelihood. In the area of livelihood, the Trust has made significant contributions to the community by extending microcredit to over 10,000 women through self -employment schemes. However, increasingly the emphasis has moved to providing accessible healthcare, and creating awareness on health issues. The growth of the Trust, its acceptance and credibility, can be credited to not just its work, but its ability to mobilise the community, bring in participation from local government bodies, volunteers, and the public at large. To meet the health needs of the people, OWT has a full fledged eye hospital, an early cancer detection programme, Palliative Care unit, and a clinical laboratory.
Established as a branch of ANEW, Chennai
Microcredit for self employment (until 2012)
Soap making training, food processing training with the help of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (until 2008)
registered as a trust for the purpose of doing charitable work
clinic for cancer detection among women
Tailoring classes (until 2010)
Computer classes for women
Eye camps under the aegis of Comtrust Eyecare Society
Jamshed Tata Trust – OWT
Early cancer detection programme in Palakkad and Thrissur districts
OWT has been working out of premises built on land donated by 3 brothers - KK Nair, MK Kumar and MK Vijayshanker. The approach has been to involve specialists from the various fields, as well as people from the local community, local government bodies.