Mangaluru, Feb 15, 2019: A press note has brought to light, the city’s well known NGO White Doves, it’s Founder and President Corrine Rasquinha and dedicated team is set to mark it’s 25 years of consistent service to humanity here.In assurance of continued service in hard times, It takes the lead and stands tall to open it’s 200 bed facility - “White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home” which is one of its kind, state of the art, the first one now in Mangaluru.
It will be inaugurated on February 17, Sunday at 10.30 am by philanthropist Leslie Fernandes in the presence of the Honourable Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Designed by the leading architects Peter and Paul Mascarenhas of ’Arch Technics’ at Kulshekara.
For 25 years now, God given talents of music to raise funds and buy medicine and other essentials for people lying uncared for by the families at the Government Wenlock and Lady Goshen hospital. Corrine Rasquinha who is a singer, song writer and a musician brought together, like minded musicians and singers to raise funds for the noble cause.
White Doves, presently operates two homes; One for women and one for men in temporary premises and have rehabilitated over 600 destitute,caring and sheltering the abused, destitute and mentally challenged by providing selfless support. Most of the inmates are from distant places starving and delirious. They are picked up, cleansed, medically treated and rehabilitated. Efforts are then made to locate the family of the rehabilitated person and happily reunite them over a period of time. Over 200 such cases have been reunited with their families all over India including Nepal and Bangladesh.
White Doves also runs a home for children at Kulsheker and is presently taking care of the education and well being of 41 children. In addition the White Doves goes to the streets of the city late evenings everyday and locates many who live rough and starving through the day due to illness and lack of opportunity. What started with 20 food packets 20 years ago, today over 175-200 are fed everyday on the streets. Food cooked at the White Doves Home is packed and taken to the streets everyday at 7 pm to feed the hungry and roofless unfortunates of Mangaluru. Homes for the homeless, medical relief in illness, support for education, monthly rations to deserving families are some of the works of charity undertaken by white doves irrespective of caste or religion.
NEW Facility : The Foundation for the White Doves Psychiatric Nursing and Destitute Home was laid on February 2, 2016 and is brought to completion at a monetary cost of Rupees eight crores.
The basement floor for parking 15 vehicles, physiotherapy and handicraft making. The ground floor will house an Emergancy treatment Room, Therapy room, Doctors Room, Pharmacy, Patient utility room, Recreation Hall, Prayer Hall, Lobby, kitchen and pantry, dining hall, Staff rooms and offices.
The first floor will have 4 wards and will house 100 men, staff rooms and nurse stations. The second floor will house 100 women. With a grateful heart we thank the donors who came forward with their unflinching support by means of finances, material goods, prayers and good wishes, which sends out positive power of the people in general.
The Key leaders : 1. Mrs Corrine Rasquinha – Founder and President; 2. Mr Jerome Coelho- Secretary/ Treasurer; 3. Mr. Vitus Rasquinha – Trustee; 4. Mr Sunil Baliga – Member; 5. Mr Jerald Fernandes - Manager