Souhardha Nagar II needs helping hands of good Samaritans to complete Phase II
Daijiworld Media Network
Mangalore, Dec 4: Owning a house of their own is a dream for most people in our country. It is one of the basic needs following food and clothing. However, there are good Samaritans like Eric Correa who has been working zealously to make many people realize their dreams of owning their own house, through the Souhardha Foundation started by him. It may be recalled that in an unprecedented gesture Eric Correa had single-handedly contributed 34 houses to the deserving poor in January 2012, completely free of cost in Padumarnadu village of Moodbidri. Located in 2.25 acres of pristine and scenic beauty on a table top hill Souhardha Nagar I has been a dream come true where people of diverse communities and religions live in peace, harmony thus living true to its name of promoting harmony.
Eric and his team were overwhelmed by the positive response from the beneficiaries and the general public for their good gesture and having drawn inspiration from this little gesture they decided to go continue their benign act of giving a roof to the roofless and that is how Souhardha Naagar II was started in the very same function where Souhardha Nagar I was inaugurated. Within eight months Eric and his team was able to complete 31 houses of Souhardha Nagar II phase I and keys were handed over to the beneficiaries in April this year in a grand public function.
Though Eric Correa had started his work of gifting houses to the deserving poor on a silent note, his gesture came in for appreciation from all quarters. His work has not only won the appreciation of the beneficiaries but has also inspired philanthropists and benefactors who extended their heartfelt support both moral and financial for this 2nd project. Souhardha Nagar II is coming up in about 2.77 acres of land wherein 64 houses of 450 sq feet each are built in two phases. Each house will comprise a bedroom-hall-kitchen costing about Rs. 3.05 lakhs (excluding the cost of land) will be handed over to the beneficiaries who have been carefully chosen by a committee, from among a pile of applicants.
The first phase of Souhardha Nagar II project was inaugurated in April this year by handing over keys of the houses to the 31 beneficiaries in a public function. The goodwill shown by Eric has certainly come as blessings to hundreds of poor people who earlier could not dream of owning a home of their own. By his generosity Eric has really demonstrated that if there is a will to help others there is certainly a way. The residents of both these colonies have expressed their gratitude to Eric and other sponsors who have contributed their mite in giving their dream home.
It has been eight months since work on the remaining 32 house of the second phase has begun. The Foundation is keen to hand over the houses to the beneficiaries by April 2014, as promised during the inauguration of the 1st phase. During the inauguration of the 1st phase of the II project Eric Correa who is the brain behind the project, had sought generous help from likeminded people so that the foundation is able to carry on the noble task of providing a roof over the head of the needy people. He had said that every drop would count and their munificence would go a long way in his desire to provide shelter to the needy.
Souharda Foundation has begun the work of the 2nd phase of the project with the same earnestness and enthusiasm with which the earlier works were completed. But somehow, the work is not progressing in the pace with which it should which is largely due to paucity of funds. The Foundation is in dire need of financial help so that it can carry on the work and complete the 2nd phase of the project by the stipulated date. The second phase of the project comprises 32 houses and the beneficiaries are keenly waiting for their dream home.
If likeminded people who want to lighten up the lives of the poor and needy they can join hands with Souharda Foundation by contributing in whatever little way they can. Their help would go a long way in financing a home fully or partially for the homeless. If the efforts of one man (Eric Correa) could make such massive difference to the lives of so many needy people, a group of people joining hands together for a noble cause can really make wonders and can bring joy to hundreds of homes. Eric has been a true philanthropist who has led from the front. The Foundation would gratefully acknowledge whatever generous and timely help it can get from good Samaritans.
The Souhardha Foundation and the beneficiaries will be highly indebted to the contributors whatever might be the amount they gift be it small or big.
Souhardha Foundation is a Trust started and managed by Eric Correa with his friends Louis J Pinto, Titus A Noronha, John L Dsouza and Fr J B Saldanha as its trustees.
Donations for Souhardha Foundation are eligible for tax concessions under Section 80G of income tax act.
Those who wish to donate to his noble endeavor can send their contributions to :
STATE BANK OF MYSORE
BRANCH: KOTTARA CHOWKI
A/C No: 64121860928
PIN CODE: 575006
Eric - 9845082640
Titus - 9880232747
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