Vineella and Basavaraj – Keep the hunger pangs of the destitute at bay
It is heartening that even in this predominantly “I – Me – Myself” world there are still some good Samaritans who take it upon themselves to do something to alleviate the sufferings of fellow human beings.
Vineela Diana and Basavaraj Katti, the young husband-wife duo are doing just this within their own modest capability.
They have made it their mission to provide food to the homeless street denizens as well as solace through counselling and spiritual strength to help them regain their sense of self-worth and dignity.
It all began a couple of years ago when this couple would make extra food packets which they would distribute every Saturday to the homeless and needy of the neighbourhood.
They have now taken a step further and have commenced collecting food from people who have leftovers after celebrations, or other social occasions.
The fact that Vineela who is a qualified nurse and Basavaraj who is employed with a ‘Sangath’, a Centre for Child Development, do this social service and meet any expenses from their own modest resources is all the more commendable.
Being a nurse, Vineela also provides first aid medical dressing for these homeless or helps in getting them medical aid if hospitalisation or other treatment is required.
Though a majority of the people who avail their food packets are uneducated, illiterate, homeless rag pickers, they recount that they have also come across individuals who are well qualified and from better backgrounds who have somehow landed on the streets due to broken homes, addictions or other causes.
Vineela and Basavaraj say with a sense of satisfaction, that their efforts have created a change in self worth in the people whom they help, as many of them now make an effort to be presentable and groomed when they come to collect the food packets from them.
This community welfare work of this couple is being done in association with the Goa Institute of Theology, Dabolim, who also provide some volunteers to identify homeless people in need of food.
They meet the homeless on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the food distribution is done at the Municipal Garden on Saturdays from 4.30 to 5.00 p.m.
If you have had a celebration or other social occasion and have left over food please call Vineela or Basavaraj on 91 10 68 75 05 | 77 98 53 14 87 | 99 60 81 85 87.
They will collect the excess food and arrange distribution to the needy. Restaurants and other eateries who have excess food are also requested to contact for giving their excess food for distribution to the needy.