Orphanage struggles to garner government support2 min read
Shankarapura: The Rotaract Club, Manipal University paid a visit to Vishwasada Mane or Home of Faith, an orphanage for the destitute on the outskirts of Udupi on April 14. The visit was a part of their Community Contact Program (CCP).
Home of Faith was formed in the year 2004 by Pastor Sunil John D’souza in a small town called Shankarapura. The main objective was to provide shelter, food and medication to those who don’t have the means to satisfy their needs. The orphanage started with 14 people in 2004 and currently houses 175 destitute people who consist of the mentally and physically challenged, children and old women. They have a staff of 26 members inclusive of a doctor, a nurse and other helpers.
Despite trying to provide well for the orphans, the home often runs into difficulties due to a lack of funding. “This orphanage started as a rented house with 14 orphans who were looked after by our staff. Today we have all kinds of people in our house from different states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc. Last week we treated seven mentally challenged people from the house and dropped them safely to their respective homes. We try to provide our orphans with the best we can but it is becoming a little difficult to maintain the house. We have no regular funding; we just have the Bethel Church, the trust and a few clubs who contribute to our orphanage. We have approached government several times for help but there is no response from their side,” said Mathew Castlino, the caretaker.
“I was brought here 25 days ago from Udupi bus stand with a fracture on my right leg. I got the injury because the roof of my room fell on me and since then it was impossible for me to walk and I had no money for the treatment. The people from this organisation brought me here a few days back and now with the help of their care and proper treatment I am able to walk properly,” said Uday Kumar Yadav, a 30-year-old resident of the orphanage from Bihar.
The Rotaract Club raises funds by conducting annual events and make donations in the form of money, food, clothes, study material or other requirements. Home of Faith is one such organisation the club has been trying to help for the last few years.
Sub-edited by Shiv Nair