Kerala Association of Connecticut (KACT) was started in 1985 as an informal social organization of Malayalees in central and eastern Connecticut, the first KACT meeting was held at the Windsor First church. Even in those days, the count of families to whom event invitations were mailed was about 100. Currently there are 300+ families with Kerala ties in Connecticut, though not all of them are members of the association.
KACT was started with the stated purpose of “encouraging those people with ancestral origin in Kerala, or people who are otherwise interested in Kerala, to form an effective and cohesive group”. It is “an educational and charitable organization formed to foster the cultural heritage of the State of Kerala. This would be accomplished in part through educating the young generation of Americans of Indian origin from Kerala in the language, literature, culture, customs, arts and dances of Kerala. In addition, the association promotes and encourages acts of charity and benevolence. Please click here to know more about our charity initiatives.
How we Work
KACT was incorporated as a formal body registered under the State of Connecticut and its laws in October 2004 (click here for the constitution and it's by-laws). We are registered as a non-profit organization with the IRS under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). elects members of its Executive Committee annually, inviting nominations from volunteers among its member-base and this committee is tasked with carrying the Association and its goals forward.