|By Aniqa Haider,|
|A BAHRAIN-BASED social worker has pledged to donate a BD3,000 cash prize in recognition of his work to an orphanage in India.Egyptian Embassy employee Basheer Ambalayi will be presented with the Excellency award by Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group in Kuwait next March.
He is one of 14 award recipients selected from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and India by group chairman Mohammad Rabeeullah.
‘I am the only social worker from Bahrain, who received this award and I am honoured,’ said Mr Ambalayi.
‘I got a letter from the group, which selected 14 social workers from five countries.
‘We will receive the award and cash on March 20 during a special ceremony in Kuwait.’
However, the 48-year-old plans to donate the money to the Darussalam Orphanage and Home for the Destitute in the Palakkad district of Kerala.
‘As soon as I get the amount of BD3,000 in my hands, I will transfer it to the orphanage in India,’ he said.
‘The amount will be used to provide quality education for the orphans.’
He is being honoured for his work helping the destitute and low-income groups for the past 21 years.
‘I have been in Bahrain for the last 13 years and have always helped the needy,’ he said.
‘I spent eight years in India and was involved in various social work activities. I am honoured that I was selected for this award and will continue to support the needy.’
It is not the first time that Mr Ambalayi is being recognised for his social work.
He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) by former Indian President Pratibha Patil in 2009.
The Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF) member and volunteer is also general secretary of the Bahrain Malayalee Business Forum and Overseas Indian Culture Congress (OICC) global committee member.
He is also board member at the Ideal Education Society (IES) College of Engineering in Kerala and MES Indian School in Doha, Qatar.