Rotaract Club visits Karunalaya old age home1 min read
Brahmavar: As part of Rotaract Club’s Community Contact Programme (CCP), a group of 12 students from various colleges of Manipal University visited Karunalaya, an old age home at Brahmavar on January 24.
The students served snacks and energy drinks to the inmates and even celebrated birthday of one of the inmates, Mary Reberio who turned 85. Thecla Pereira, a nun in-charge of the inmates was happy that the elderly were interacting with the youngsters. “We are happy to see you (students) spending your time and holiday with us,” she said. Sister Jaya M, the Director of Karunalaya also applauded the student’s effort and spirit of social service. “Our economic situation is very critical,” she voiced her concern over the lack of funds to run the centre.
The students warmly interacted with the inmates and helpers for couple of hours. “It’s a different kind of feeling. I feel happy about being a part of this program,” said Ashwarya Rajwardan a first year student at International Centre for Applied Sciences (ICAS).
Anaya Mishra, a third year student of Mechatronics at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) said, “Such events are a part of the club itinerary, which helps in providing relief to the needy.” Expressing the need for more help from the students Mishra added, “The student’s inclination towards such programs should increase.”
The old age home has been run by Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) since 1995. The home currently provides shelter to 12 inmates who are looked after by four nuns.
Sub-edited by Mahima Singh