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Join Street Providence In Making The World A Better Place
Goa, known to the world as the land of sun and sand attracts a large number of tourists from the rest of India and abroad. However, it also has its share of pitfalls by having a lot of hungry men and women lying by the roadside, hungry, diseased and festered with wounds.
It is this plight that a young sales executive Mr. Donald Fernandes observed when he was on his sales trips. In 2013, he and his wife cooked food early in the morning and fed a group of 50 individuals in their vicinity. However, he could not bear to see them lying on the roads in the hot sun and heavy monsoon rains. Their helplessness saddened him and he was on the lookout for a home to house them. Thanks to a benefactor he managed to find an old house that could accommodate around 15 people.
After this, there was no looking back. He formed the Street Providence Trust with 4 Trustees and registered it with the Government of Goa in December, 2017. Like a lot of people, Donald struggled at finding that elusive thing that would make him truly happy in life. It took almost 5 years and 3 job changes to create the shining light that became Street Providence.
Donald introduces himself as a simple salesman – a salesman who allowed Divine Providence to touch his heart and inspire him.
Donald brought a ray of hope in the lives of such people. Today, Donald runs 8 Homes spread across Goa housing around 100 men and women at any given time. They rescue the homeless from the streets of Goa with full cooperation from the Goa Police. They are provided shelter, food, clothing, medical care, medicines, assistive aids and counselling.
The mission is to rehabilitate them, reconcile them with their families if possible, or tap their resourcefulness and provide them jobs within the organisation. A stipend is paid to boost their self esteem.
Donald and his team work with various NGOs to give ration kits to HIV patients’ families. They are also running free breakfast drives at Goa Medical College, IPHB hospital, Bambolim, and district hospitals in Mapusa and Margao. Every day, they serve around a 100 breakfast meals to the poor and hungry.
The team at Street Providence also have around 38 Food Freezers installed in various villages in Goa. Food is placed in these freezers by homes and eateries who have excess food. A volunteer then heats up the food and serves it to the poor in the vicinity. In the current situation, it has made it very difficult for Street Providence to get enough food as most of the restaurants and eateries are not functioning to their full capacity.
Today, Street Providence has a large number of volunteers, each doing their bit to make a tiny part of the world a better place.
You can join them on their journey by donating a grocery kit, today.
About Street Providence - Street Providence Is a rehabilitation center responsible for taking care of the homeless men and women, housing them in designated homes, and providing them with food, clothing, and medical treatment. These people are then rehabilitated to stand on their own feet. They possess an ambulance to transport the needy to nearby hospitals for checkups and treatment. Their efforts are supported by Goa Police, Goa Medical College (GMC), numerous volunteers, as well as various other organizations.
Address: 25, Sapana Gardens,CHOGM Road, Opp Bata Showroom, Alto Porvorim, Goa
Note: All the donations towards this campaign is eligible for Indian Tax Exemption.
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