Jesuits have recently provided 127 flood-affected families with new homes in Raichur, India. Residents there lost their homes in late 2009 when flooding swept through the southwestern region of the country.
The Jesuits in the region have been working for the last two years to help rebuild the homes, especially for the poorest in the community.
“We are handing over 127 houses in Manvi and Sindanoor subdistrict,” said Jesuit Father Eric Mathias, director of the Centre for Non Formal and Continuing Education, a Jesuit-run non-governmental organization (NGO).
“We have been given a lovely house with a bedroom, hall and kitchen. This is a great gift to all of us who had no shelter, said Arogyappa, one of the beneficiaries.
Each home cost 150,000 rupees (US $3,000). Ninety percent of the funds to build the homes were provided by the Jesuit-run center, the rest came from donations.
Hampayya Nayak, a local legislator, praised the Jesuits for their efforts during the handing over ceremony in late February.
“I appreciate the Jesuits’ commitment to the cause of the poor. They have shown people through their work where God is really found.”