Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Muslim League leader Panakkad Syed Mohammedali Shihab Thangal will launch the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Wayanad Muslim Orphanage (WMO) at Muttil, at a programme to be held here on Wednesday.

Social activist and former Minister of Andhra Pradesh Basheeruddin Babukhan will be the chief guest on the occasion, the organisers informed at a press conference here on Tuesday.

The WMO was started in 1967 with six children under the guidance of Syed Abdurehman Bafakhi Thangal. It now has more than 1,100 inmates. The WMO was set up as a branch of the Mukkom orphanage. Besides children from Wayanad, those from Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur, Palakkad and Ernakulam are being cared for here.