Shimoga, September 17, 2020:
Seven newly constructed houses were inaugurated and handed over on Friday in the diocese of Shimoga, to the beneficiaries, the victims of 2019 North Karnataka Floods.
Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado (Bangalore Archbishop) along with bishop Francis Serrao (Shimoga Bishop) blessed and presented these houses in the presence of the donors. The heartening feature of this act of benevolence is that, from among these 7 beneficiaries, 6 families belong to the Hindu Community while 1 belong to the Muslim community.
The devastating floods that ravaged the State of Karnataka in the first and second weeks of August 2019, left trials of pain and agony destroying the dreams of thousands of families. The roof over their head was washed away by the fury of the raging floods and with it all their lifetime savings. The situation in the district of Shimoga was no different. The incessant rainfall accompanied with sudden flash of floods brought misery to several families in the district of Shimoga.
The Diocese of Shimoga, without loss of time quickly responded through their disaster management commission, “The Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society” (SMSSS) provided interim relief to 485 most deserving families. However, this temporary relief did not wipe out the tears of those who lost their houses partially or fully.
Understanding the plight of the people, Archbishop of Bengaluru, Most Rev. Dr Peter Machado initiated various measures to raise funds for the relief work. His intense desire to reach out to the victims received an over whelming response by all the Priests, Religious Communities, Educational Institutions and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bengaluru. The inspiring leadership of His Grace, the Archbishop of Bengaluru ably assisted by the meticulous planning of the Archdiocesan Team mobilized enough funds to construct 42 new houses for the flood victims in 6 dioceses 0f Karnataka and 1 diocese in Kerala.
Shimoga Diocese was one of the recipients of this financial support extended by Archdiocese of Bengaluru, resulting in the construction of 7 new houses in different parts of Shimoga. The newly constructed houses were inaugurated and handed over to the beneficiaries on 17 September 2020. The 7 beneficiaries are:
Mrs Ranjitha V. R. From Suguru, Shimoga Taluk living with her husband and 3 little children. Donated by the Archdiocese of Bangalore
Mrs Uma from Annanagara, Shimoga living with her 3 sons. Her husband had deserted her long back. The house is donated by St Joseph’s College Institutions, Bangalore.
Mrs Annu, a widow living in J. P. Nagara, Shimoga along with her 2 sons and 4 daughters. The house is donated by the Congregation of the Sisters of St Charles Borromeo.
Mrs Vanajakshi, a widow from Kumsi in Shimoga Taluk is living with her 2 sons. The House is donated by Infant Jesus Shrine, Bangalore.
Mrs Nagarathna from Halkuni in Shimoga Taluk living with her husband and daughter. She lost her son two years back due to accidental drowning in a pond. The House is donated by St Joseph’s College Institutions, Bangalore.
Mrs Bhavani, a widow from Hasudi Farm in Shimoga Taluk is living with her 1 son, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. The house is donated by St Germain’s Academy, Bangalore.
Mrs Ranjitha, a widow from Nagar, Hosanagar Taluk, Shimoga district, living with her 3 little children. The house is donated by Cluny Social Service Trust, Kannur and Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Nagavara, Bangalore.
The Inauguration took place in the presence of Rev. Fr Joseph Menezes representing Infant Jesus Shrine, Bangalore, Rev. Fr Francis D’Souza SJ representing St Joseph’s College Institutions, Bangalore, Rev. Fr Christopher Vimalraj representing St Germain’s Academy, Sr Wilma Rebello SCB, Provincial of St Charles Borromeo and Sr Sirija Pushpam representing Cluny Social Service Trust, Kannur and Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Nagavara, Bangalore. Rev. Fr Joseph Naveen Kumar, the Director of BMSSS, Bangalore and Rev. Fr Cyril Victor, Media Director of the Archdiocese of Bangalore too was present.
The funds from the Archdiocese of Bangalore was routed through Caritas India, New Delhi. The State Officer from Caritas India for Karnataka, Mr Robert D’Souza was also present during the inauguration. The beneficiaries profusely thanked the Archbishop, the Archdiocese of Bangalore and all the donors for generously supporting them in giving hope to the hopeless and a promise of a secure future.
The entire Photo Gallery of the Inauguration of the houses in Shimoga can be viewed in this link:
Fr. Cyril Victor Joseph
Bangalore Archdiocesan Communications Center