Who we are
The "Organization of Malaylees in Northern Ireland," popularly known as OMNI, is a non-profit cultural organisation that promotes social, cultural, sporting, charitable, and literary activities among Malayalees in Northern Ireland, as well as organising cultural and charitable activities in the general interest and well-being of the association's members as and when required and coordinating such activities with other communities. Ever since its inception in 2009, OMNI has played a vital and integral part in promoting the welfare of the community in Northern Ireland.
We preserve and promote Indian culture, especially Kerala culture, through various festivals and events organised throughout the year.
Most of our members came to the United Kingdom as a workforce for the health sector. Having recognised the significance of establishing a common forum where people from Kerala can come together, regardless of caste, creed, or religion, to get to know one another and collaborate with locals to maintain social harmony,
The State of Kerala, one of the states in the Republic of India, was officially taken into the history of India in 1956. The people of Kerala can say with pride that they have their own language, literature, and distinct cultural heritage.
OMNI expects cooperation and support from all Malayalees to make this association a vibrant one and do activities for the benefit of the society we are living in. We welcome all Malayalee families who are present in Northern Ireland to join us.
OMNI’s vision is to serve as a social and cultural organisation for the Malayalee community in Northern Ireland by promoting and fostering inter-cultural relationships and goodwill in social and cultural areas.
OMNI’s mission is to facilitate, organize, and conduct events for the Malayalees in Northern Ireland to promote social, cultural, and charitable causes that enrich relationships, create cultural awareness, and foster a socially committed community.
A brief history of Kerala
Kerala, often referred to as Keralam, is a state in the south-west region of India on the Malabar coast. It was formed on November 1, 1956, as per the States Reorganisation Act, by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions. Spread over 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi), it is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north-east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Lakshadweep Sea to the west. With 33,387,677 inhabitants as per the 2011 census, Kerala is the thirteenth largest state by population and is divided into 14 districts, with the state capital being Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalam is the most widely spoken and official language of the state.
The region was a prominent spice exporter from 3000 BCE to the 3rd century. The Chera Dynasty was the first powerful kingdom based in Kerala, though it frequently struggled against attacks from the neighbouring Cholas and Pandyas. During the Chera period, Kerala remained an international spice trading center. Later, in the 15th century, the lucrative spice trade attracted Portuguese traders to Kerala and eventually paved the way for the European colonisation of India. After independence, Travancore and Cochin joined the Republic of India, and Travancore-Cochin was given the status of a state. Later, the state was formed in 1956 by merging the Malabar district, Travancore-Cochin (excluding four southern taluks), and the taluk of Kasargod, South Kanara.
Kerala is the state with the lowest positive population growth rate in India (3.44%) and has a density of 859 people per km2. The state has the highest Human Development Index (HDI) (0.790) in the country, according to the Human Development Report 2011. It also has the highest literacy rate (93.19%), the highest life expectancy (almost 77 years), and the highest sex ratio (as defined by the number of women per 1000 men: 1,084 women per 1000 men) among all Indian states. Kerala has the lowest homicide rate among Indian states; in 2011, it was 1.1 per 100,000. Kerala has witnessed significant emigration of its people, especially to the Gulf States, during the Gulf Boom during the 1970s and early 1980s. Hinduism is practised by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity.
The culture of the state traces its roots to the 3rd century CE. It is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed over centuries under influences from other parts of India and abroad.
Production of pepper and natural rubber contributes to a significant portion of the total national output. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashews, and spices are important. The state’s coastline extends for 595 kilometres (370 mi), and around 1.1 million people in the state are dependent on the fishery industry, which contributes 3% of the state’s income. The state’s 145,704 kilometres (90,536 mi) of roads constitute 4.2% of all Indian roadways.
There are three existing and two proposed international airports. Waterways are also used for transportation. The state has the highest media exposure in India, with newspapers publishing in nine different languages, mainly English and Malayalam.