Tuesday, May 1, 2018

OUR FORTY-SECOND FULLER HOME

The family in front of the newly built Fuller Home
This, the 42nd Fuller home of the TFCH, was dedicated on April 28, 2018. The house belongs to the couple, Anilkumar & Mayamol, and their family. They had been living in an inadequate house with a bedroom and kitchen under the asbestos roof. Anilkumar is a mason with two school-going children, one son and the other daughter. This is the third house built within a perimeter of about 50M in the same place. The new house which the family is happy with will change their social status. The children feel proud of having owned the house. The dedication ceremony was held in the presence of some close relations of the family and a few personnel of the TFCH. Joint Secretary Sr Erasma said the prayer and received the first repayment, Chairman Adv T H Lawrence greeted the family and presented the portrait to them. The secretary gave the official receipt for the repayment while the manager handed the passbook to the homeowner family.

The couple are hanging the laminated portrait of the Founders

Joint secretary Sr Erasma receiving the first repayment
Secretary Mr C K Alexander hands the receipt for the repayment
Manager Mr R Jayadas supplies the Passbook for the loan account

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SEVENTH GLOBAL BUILDERS TEAM

A nine-member team from America and Mexico, led by Marilyn Ruth Emmert, arrived at the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing on January 14, 2018 for a mission that lasted till January 25, 2018. We thank the Fuller Center for Housing, USA for sending this great team.


They attended the Orientation meeting on their way to the work early in the morning on January 15, 2018. The construction work of the Fuller home in respect of Anilkumar & Mayamol is in progress now. The team, dynamic and committed, engaged themselves in every kind of work to be done for the homeowner family. Here are some photos that depict how hard the team members were working under the scorching sun.

At breakfast table 
At the Orientation meet in the admin office


On the ground floor of the admin office
Madonna with the homeowner family
Taking a break with tender coconut



















In front of the world's richest temple of Padmanabha Swamy

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Rev Fr Mathew Thundathil, vice chairman of the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing, India, passes away!

IN LOVING MEMORY OF


Rev Fr Mathew Thundathil  OCD 
Born on March 04, 1966
Professed on September 08, 1988
Ordained on January 04, 2000
Died on December 05, 2017


Dear Partners in India and abroad

It grieves us beyond words to inform you that the light has gone out, for ever! 

Fr Mathew Thundathil, the vice chair of the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing, India, is no more! 

Fr Mathew breathed his last at a hospital (about 200 miles away) yesterday despite our fervent hope that he would return to the Center and resume his role as actively as before. But the Almighty has called him back!

We as well as all those who knew Fr Mathew have continued to pray for his speedy recovery since his hospitalization for the treatment of intestine cancer since early last year. When I met and spoke to him for long a couple weeks ago, he was able to respond only feebly from his bed. Still, I found him to be expecting a come-back.

But the Lord has willed otherwise!

The mortal remains of Fr Mathew, now kept at the Carmel Monastery, Trivandrum for his dear ones to pay their last homage, will be laid to rest at a cemetery, at 11 am on December 07, 2017.

Fr Mathew Thundathil has lived for the Lord and died for the Lord! 

We extend our heart-felt condolences to Fr Mathew's bereaved Carmelite community and his own family members, and sincerely pray for his soul, characterized by exemplary devotion, dedication and commitment to the cause of housing the poor, to rest in eternal peace!

Adv T H Lawrence
Chairman
TFCH
December 06, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SIXTH GLOBAL BUILDERS

A 12-member team of Global Builders from the USA led by Kaye Hooker and Pamela Bland arrived on October 22, 2017. They were with us until October 29, 2017. During their stay, the members worked with and for two of our homeowner families in completing their Fuller homes - one in Erayancode and the other at Alathur both being located about 20 miles apart in Trivandrum district. The team witnessed the dedication of the two houses they had worked on. They also attended the Orientation and the Farewell meets. On the eve of their departure there was a get-together with the TFCH personnel and their families. Meanwhile, a rest and recreation program including a one-day house boat cruise had also been scheduled for the team. The whole team felt very satisfied with the food, accommodation and transportation provided throughout. Except for a couple of inevitable shortcomings, as pointed out by the team in their feedback, the mission of the Global Builders was found to be successful. We thank both the leaders and each other member of the team for their volunteerism, love, understanding and cooperation as well as the FCFH for sending this incredibly  dynamic team to the TFCH. 


The entire team at Orientation in the TFCH Admin Office

The team at dinner in the homestay

Kaye and Walter at work at Alathur

Roger with the homeowner on top

Pam and Roger painting the window at Erayancode

A houseboat passing by on the backwaters during the cruise

The team at lunch on the houseboat 

Gerald and Pam on the deck of the houseboat

Lady members of the cruise group with the chairman's wife in a park

A panoramic view captured from the houseboat

The cruise group with the chairman, his wife and the secretary
 
The team with homeowner Aswathy's family after dedication

The team with homeowner Shibu's family after dedication

Team leader Kaye presenting the Founders' portrait to the homeowner

Jim and Marci holding the Certificates of Appreciation with chairman and secretary
The team displaying the gifts received from the TFCH at the farewell meet 

The team at farewell dinner on the eve of departure

Monday, September 11, 2017

TWO IMPORTANT GUESTS FROM THE USA

Mr Babu Rajan and Mrs Cicily are originally from India though they have been living in the United States for over four decades now. During their recent visit to their hometown in Kerala, they found time to undertake a four-hour rail journey and to meet the members of the Board at the TFCH administrative office in Trivandrum on September 8, 2017. Earlier they had also dropped in at the Fuller home of one of our homeowners in Kottayam district and interacted with her family. The American guests were received by the chairman of the TFCH. We spent more than five hours discussing the formation, growth and development of the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing as well as our future plan of activities. Babu Rajan, an ardent lover of our ministry, was exploring the possibilities of prospective partnership with the TFCH, under the guidance of the FCFH. He and his wife had many questions on the functioning of the TFCH and the repayment trend. They surveyed the collage of TFCH houses displayed in the office. The entire process of housing - from education, selection, funding and construction to dedication, repayment and loan closure - was explained to them. Both of them seemed to have been fully convinced of how secular, transparent and frugal we are in carrying out the housing mission as envisioned by Founder Millard Fuller. Babu Rajan and Cicily pledged their support, to the extent possible, for housing the homeless in and around their native place. The modalities, it was decided, could be chalked out in due course via email. The visit of the couple was both encouraging and promising. It was a day of hope for continued partnership with these important guests. The TFCH looks forward to hearing from Babu Rajan and Cicily soon after their return to the US.
From your left: Treasurer Abraham Mathew, 
Secretary C K Alexander, Chairman Adv T H Lawrence, 
Cicily and Babu Rajan in the Board Room
The guests and the board members 
in the hall of the administrative office