Kochi: A Kochi-based faculty is redefining the lives of lots of of poor households by constructing them properties free of charge.
What began as a noble initiative 5 years in the past to assist the homeless household of considered one of its college students, the Our Woman’s Convent Ladies Increased Secondary Faculty, Thoppumpady, has succeeded in constructing a 100 properties for the poor and the marginalised up to now.
“The development of 100th home can be accomplished this week and the important thing can be handed over to the homeless household based mostly in Chellanam on February 28. They’ve two woman youngsters, each our college students,” mentioned Sr Lizzy Chakkalakal, principal and the mind behind the Home Problem Venture.
Initially, it appeared to be an Herculean process to assemble even a single home costing almost Rs 5 lakh.
“The scholars used to voluntarily donate their birthday items and pocket cash for the trigger. The lecturers and oldsters additionally chipped in graciously. However the going was powerful then,” Sr Lizzy mentioned taking place the reminiscence lane.
Nevertheless, because the challenge gained momentum, contributions began pouring in as cash, manpower and assist. Every day wage labourers, businessmen, politicians, philanthropists, builders, lecturers, alumni and plenty of who most popular anonymity got here ahead to construct homes. Among the many 100 homes, 12 had been constructed and handed over to households hit onerous by the August floods.
In truth, the college has “adopted” 150 flood-hit households for a 12 months to assist them return to regular life after they misplaced all their belongings within the flood. “One of many homes handed over was in Kuttanad whereas 11 others had been in flood-hit Gothu-ruth, Kothad, Paravur, Cheranellur and Manj-ummal in Ernakulam district,” she mentioned.
Nevertheless, Sr Lizzy believes the Centre and state governments can do rather more to assist poor.
“If a small faculty like ours can construct 100 homes, why is the federal government failing to construct properties for flood-affected after months,” she requested.