Mangaluru: Join hands: White Doves Destitute Home taking final shape

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Jul 11: Even a square meal a day is often a luxury to most of the poor, the sick, the exploited and the needy in our country. In the face of this grave reality, there are a few Good Samaritans whose humanitarian concern and helping hand is making a difference to the lives of the sick, abandoned and the underprivileged.

Corrine Rasquinha, a brave and compassionate lady heading the White Doves, together with her team, is a great blessing to Mangaluru city. They have dedicated their time, love and patience to reach out to the least, last and lost fellow countrymen, women and children, irrespective of caste, class, creed or religion. They have been ever ready, day or night to offer their service of picking up any person in distress whenever called upon, since the past 23 years.

Selfless Service

Currently, the White Doves, psychiatric nursing and destitute homes are run on free lease premises at Matadakani and Jail Road and are the only psychiatric nursing destitute homes in Mangaluru. This is the only institution in Mangaluru that picks up people living off the streets and have no family to call their own.

The 2 destitute homes run by the White Doves, at present having 141 inmates picked up from the streets, have been home for over 540 destitute over the past years. As many as 180 inmates have been reunited with their families.

As Mangaluru is heading towards becoming a Smart City, White Doves has contributed a lot to the development of the city by shouldering the social responsibility of the government by rehabilitating the destitute, building homes for the poor, educating children, providing daily meals to the hungry on the streets. All these charitable works that the White Doves undertakes are done without any monetary cost to the beneficiaries.

With only a small amount in hand but majorly placing her trust in God, Corrine Rasquinha embarked on scouting for land to build a home for the destitute. Her failure to get land forced Corrine to approach the bishop of Mangaluru, Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza. She pleaded her case before him. After deliberations and witnessing the genuine selfless service of White Doves, the bishop provided 49 cents of land at Maroli.

The foundation for the 200 bed White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home was laid on February 2, 2016.

White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home

White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home will provide homely residential care in an atmosphere of love and acceptance for destitute, neglected and mentally ill persons who are pushed to the streets due to unfortunate circumstances. The centre will reach out to women, young women in particular, who suffer from mental illness and save them from situations of sexual violence and exploitation from the hands of anti-social elements on the streets. The home will provide essential services such as boarding, lodging, counselling, psychiatric care, critical care support and rehabilitation to those in vulnerable situation. Besides this, the institution will look on the matters of children from marginalized groups to encourage their schooling and higher education.

Briefing the details of the project, Corrine said that the 41,000 square feet building will have a 200 bed facility that will house separate wards for male and female residents. “It will provide well equipped medical facility for doctors to treat the residents. The two storey building includes recreation room with indoor recreation facilities, hygienic kitchen, dining rooms. Besides this, the single building includes emergency treatment room, doctor's room, pharmacy, patient utility room, laundry room, recreation hall, chapel, lobby, staff room, director's room, manager's room, record room, and corridors. The entire building has water harvesting system and electricity generated through solar panels. The estimated budget is Rs 7.50 crore and now 70% percent of construction work is completed.” she informed.

Interior works of flooring, electrical works, plumbing works, furniture, lift works are pending and are underway.

The support, encouragement and love showered on White Doves by people who have witnessed the charitable works being undertaken for the past 23 years has enabled White Doves to complete 70% of the construction of the White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home.

Join Hands

Corrine says, “As we pray, ‘God who began a good work through us shall bring it to completion’, White Doves has launched sponsor a bed for Rs 5,000/- to help complete the building project.”

Generous donations from willing people would go a long way in helping people who really need compassionate approach and willing help.

Donations to White Doves would get income tax exemptions under U/S 80 G of the Income Tax Act 1961.

It is our bounden duty to join hands with White Doves to repay to society in our own little way and help the needy to provide them with basics of life. Here is the golden opportunity to help the society in whatever little way you can. Lend a helping hand to serve humanity and to serve God.

Details:

White Doves - Building fund A/C
Bank: HDFC Bank Ltd
Branch: Mangaluru - Karnataka
Address: M N Towers, Kadri
Mangaluru - 575002
Account Name: White Doves
A/c No: 50100127382631
RTGS/NEFT IFSC: HDFC0000094
MICR: 575240002

Contact:

Corrine: 0091 - 9880517078
Jerome - 0091 - 9845607615

Email: whitedovesmangalore@hotmail.com

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