Udupi, Nov 21: In a touching display of communal harmony, the Global Barkurians Charitable Trust (GBCT) recently marked a significant milestone with the housewarming ceremony of a new residence in Pandeshwar village, Moodahadu. The event was a testament to the Trust's commitment to philanthropy and community welfare.
Lalita Markalathi and her family, residents of Moodahadu in Pandeshwar had embarked on a journey of constructing their dream home five years ago. However, the Covid-19 pandemic threw a wrench into their plans affecting Lalita's financial situation and delaying the completion of their house. The family, facing economic hardships, found themselves in a temporary shelter, part of which was a cattleshed, amplifying their struggle.
Recognising the dire circumstances faced by Lalita's family, the GBCT, a collective of like-minded individuals from Barkur settled globally, extended a helping hand.
The Trust members, known for their social initiatives, not only offered assurances but also provided substantial financial support to facilitate the completion of the construction. This intervention instilled hope and confidence in the family, ensuring that all pending tasks, valued at approximately Rs 5 lac, were addressed.
The GBCT's assistance resulted in the realisation of a brand-new, well-furnished home for Lalita Markalathi and her family. Overflowing with gratitude, the family extended a warm invitation to the Trust members to join the housewarming celebration turning the event into a symbol of unity and collaboration.
The housewarming ceremony drew the attention of various dignitaries including journalists Rajesh Gani, Ravindra Barekere, and Sushil Pujari, the president of the Pandeshwar Panchayat. Vice-President Raghavendra Y B, along with ward members Chandra Mohan Pujari and Ravi Shreyas graced the occasion. Notable figures such as Dolfi D'Souza, Sylvan, Herbert Menezes, and Cynthia Rodrigues were also present on the occasion.
In addition to expressing gratitude to the Trust, Lalita Markalathi's family honoured Archibald Furtado, who served as a trustee representing the GBCT. The ceremony recognised the contributions of Divyanand Gonsalves, a trustee who supervised the project and ensured the welfare of the family.
The programme was eloquently concluded by Alwyn Andrade, who thanked everyone involved in making this philanthropic endeavour a success.
Global Barkurians Charitable Trust (GBCT), a registered Trust formed by like-minded Barkurians worldwide in 2020, is celebrating three years of dedicated service.
On this auspicious occasion, GBCT expresses heartfelt gratitude to friends, donors, and well-wishers who have supported and contributed in various ways making it possible to bring smiles to the faces of brethren in need. At present, 12 families have received various benefits from GBCT.