The Capital District Malayalee Association(CDMA) is a “not-for-profit” organization that was born out of the foresighted nature of its founding members, who felt the need to develop a forum for the emerging youth population in the Capital District, to connect with members of their own community, as well as, to provide a platform to showcase the creative pursuits of the fast growing population(Keralites) from the State of Kerala in India.
Since January 1993, CDMA has grown from a small community of 19 families to 150 families today and continues to see its numbers increase. CDMA hosts events throughout the year like: the youth volunteering for the Annual Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner preparation, visiting the old age homes/senior community, conducting Christmas, New Year, Easter, Vishu, Eid & Onam Programs, Sports and Picnic events for the community, several youth community driven events and so on.
The youth wing known as MAYURAM(Malayalee Yuva Rangam), which is managed by the youngsters of CDMA, organizes meetings & events like Spelling Bee, Bowling Night, Movie Night, Summer Projects, visiting Museum/Institutions/Health Facilities, Reading & Homework Clubs and so on, mainly to focus on community services and recreational activities. This is a great platform to meet all the youths of the community and to learn more about our culture. It is an opportunity for all the children and young adults to share their ideas, talents and thoughts and also to get to know each other within our community.
Our annual publication KESARAM(Kerala Samskarika Rangam) provides a medium to display the creative and artistic works of various budding artists, writers etc. in and around the Capital District area and within our community. It also lists the various businesses recommended by CDMA in and around the Capital District area, making sure that it upholds the aims and objectives of the Association.
Furthermore, to encourage the spirit of sharing and charity, in January 2006, we formed a fundraising wing under the umbrella of the Association known as the JEEVAN FUND, to support community services and charitable activities, to extend financial assistance to those in need in the community here in the United States and in Kerala, India.
To represent the Malayalee Community in the Triciity area.
♦ To develop, promote, increase and cultivate an appreciation of Malayalee heritage through cultural, recreational and social activities.
♦ To develop friendship and understanding among the Keralite society; educate our culture and heritage to our youth.
♦ To provide an opportunity for members to actively participate and take leadership of the Malayalee community and to encourage good community relations.
♦ To support community service and charitable activities in the community that we live here in the U.S. and in the community that we came from in Kerala.