Welcome to Samanwaya, an organization dedicated to helping the Malayalee community with their needs so that they can have a prospering future. We try to help everyone around the globe which includes incoming new students, elders, and more. We also help maintain cultural practices here in Canada by hosting special events yearly.
Samanwaya Canada is a progressive socio-cultural non-profit organization of Malayalee community in Canada, North Americas. The organization has formed under the leadership and patronage of Hon. Speaker of Kerala State Legislative Assembly. Sri: P Ramakrishnan in 2018 with an objective of promoting progressive values among the Malayalee communities spread across Canada.
Samanwaya undertakes Community Development activities to enhance the Socio-economic and cultural life of the People from Kerala origin in Canada. We are dedicated to promote a harmonious relationship amongst all Malayalee associations and Community Groups across Canada and North America. We encourage mutual respect, and coordinated efforts to develop/plan/implement Community Development initiatives with an aim of significant broader community benefit. We are branching out across Canada, planning, and implementing several activities for the benefit of the community in their local region.
Samanwaya has addressed various issues facing by the Malayali immigrants in Canada, especially during the period of Pandemic. Samanwaya supports our roots in Kerala and declares solidarity with the people of Kerala, when they need us utmost. Keeping this in mind, Samanwaya organize various fund-raising activities to support activities like Rebuild Kerala, donations to CMDRF, supporting Public education etc.
Kerala Culture and Heritage
The culture of Kerala is a combination of both Indian and Dravidian culture. The culture of Kerala has developed over the past millennia, influences from other parts of India and abroad. It is defined by its antiquity and the organic continuity sustained by the Malayali people. Modern Kerala society took shape owing to migrations from different parts of India and abroad throughout Classical Antiquity.
This culture and heritage of Kerala is reflected in its various art forms, of performing arts like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, martial Art of Kalaripayattu, dresses, the people and cuisine. When in Kerala do not miss a cultural art performance. Each of the festival in Kerala is celebrated with all its pomp and grandeur. The main festivals of Kerala include Onam, Vishu, Eid, Thrissur Pooram and many more.
Ayurveda in Kerala is an alternative medicine system with historical roots of 2000 years. It is an established ancient treatment for rejuvenating your body and mind.
The culture of Kerala can be traced back to as long 5000 years. Being the state with the highest literacy rate and education level in the country, the Kerala society has moved from its agricultural background. Although Kerala remains fairly liberal in its outlook and open to modern ideas, and technological changes, the State largely remains conservative on social issues
Samanwaya Community Development
Samanwaya Community Development is a process where Malayalee community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. It is a broad concept, applied to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient Malayalee communities in Canada and North Americas.
It is a holistic approach grounded in principles of empowerment, human rights, inclusion, social justice, self-determination and collective action.
Samanwaya Support Network
We all go through difficult periods in life. Having supportive people to count on can make the difference in managing those difficult times. Research has shown that having good social relationships contributes to improved psychological and physical well-being. In particular, social support can serve as a protective factor with newcomers, immigrants, and groups such as the elderly who have declining health and cognitive abilities, individuals with mental illnesses and those marginalized due to a disability, race, gender or sexual orientation. Samanwaya is a place where you can develop and maintain adequate social network of people who you can talk, spend time with, ask for help and feel supported.