Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Singaporean Global Build Team leaves for home

The Singaporean team left for home after a very successful Global Build with the TFCH from 13 to 21 December 2014. They were seen off at the airport by the chairman, the treasurer and the manager a couple of hours ago today December 21, 2014. They are believed to be carrying cherishable memories of their intimate association with all that they came into contact with during the short stay. 

Earlier in the afternoon the team and the Center had a farewell get-together with Prof Natalie of Mercer University as special invitee following the traditional Kerala lunch. Certificates of Participation with mementos were presented to the team members. The team leader was swaddled by the vice chairman as a mark of respect to him. 

We feel nostalgic of their absence as they have made their presence felt from arrival to departure. 

THE EIGHT-MEMBER SINGAPOREAN GB TEAM

The hosts and the guests at the Kerala lunch 
The leader with the swaddled shawl
A memento to the team 
The Certificate of Participation
The Team with the Board before departure at the airport
The team at the TFCH office
The team at hard work
The team members enjoy the tender coconut drink
David Lee with a wheel barrow full of metal for the RCC


DEDICATION OF ANOTHER HOUSE

The TFCH dedicated another Fuller Home at 4.30 pm today. The ceremony was attended, among others, by the eight-member Singaporean GB team led by Raymond Chew. The visiting guests (all in yellow T-Shirts), the  homeowner family and the TFCH Board members posed for a photograph (right in front of the newly built house) after the dedication. 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

GLOBAL BUILDERS FROM SINGAPORE

An eight-member Global Builders' team from Singapore led by Raymond Chew arrived in Trivandrum at 10 last night. The team was received at the airport by the chairman, treasurer and manager of the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing. The members of the team looked very dynamic and cheerful. They were picked up and dropped at the Pushpakam homestay where their accommodation had been booked. The team was accorded a cordial welcome by the hosts. The chairman left after they had dinner at the homestay. Raymond said he was happy about the arrangements made by the TFCH. Two pictures taken on their arrival are inserted below.

The TFCH and the Team at the airport
The team at the Pushpakam Homestay
On December 18 the team visited the TFCH office and became curious to know the functioning of the Center. They were taken through the whole procedure from Education to Selection of homeowners and from construction to dedication of the houses. Some of them raised pertinent questions on various aspects and got them fully clarified. The team appreciated the transparency being displayed by the TFCH all along. How the administrative cost is kept at the minimum was also explained to them. The team visited the Lawrences at their residence. 
The whole team in the TFCH office
The team with the chairman and his wife



Sunday, November 30, 2014

THE THIRD HOUSE OF THE TFCH AT KELAKAM

A Global Builders' team led by Jim McCracken of Idaho, US arrived at Kelakam, northern Kerala on November 01, 2014 and participated in the construction of the house of Sabu and family for a fortnight. Henry Lopez, another member of the team, stayed back to see the house reach the roof level construction. The chairman, the vice chair and the joint secretary of the TFCH Board visited the site on November 27. They also met at the Worship Center with Henry Lopez, Pastor Sasi Joseph, homeowner Sabu & family and the other two homeowners & their families. This is the third TFCH house built at Kelakam. The pictures below were taken on the occasion.

Jim McCracken (right) with Henry Lopez
on the sit-out of Sabu & family's house under construction
TFCH Board members with Henry Lopez and the homeowner family
TFCH Joint Secretary Sr Josmin addresses the gathering. 
Seated from left to right are Henry Lopez, Pastor Sasi Joseph, 
Chairman Adv T H Lawrence and Vice Chair Fr Mathew Thundathil

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Our 28th Fuller Home!

Today we dedicated our 28th Fuller Home belonging to Lathika Kumari and her family. Lathika Kumari is a domestic worker and her husband an unskilled labourer. Lathika has been serving a US-returned family for the last 16 years. Living in a rented house, she has always dreamed of her own house but been unable to build it for want of financial support from an external source. The homeowner and her family now feel elated to tell others that they have a new house of their own to live in permanently. The dedication ceremony was held under the auspices of the TFCH with the chairman, the vice chairman and the manager attending it. Here is a picture of the Fuller Home they will be moving into shortly.


TFCH I-7: House of Lathika Kumari and family
Lathika Kumari, her mother and her son standing
at the portico of their Fuller Home after the dedication
  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DEDICATION OF ANOTHER FULLER HOME

The Fuller Home of Bhaskaran Nadar and family was dedicated today. Four members of the TFCH Board accompanied by the manager attended the function. The ceremony commenced with a prayer, as usual. Fr Mathew Thundathil gifted the Bible, Adv T H Lawrence presented the portrait of the founders, Sr Erasma received the first repayment and Mr Johnson handed over the passbook to the homeowner family. Manager Mr Jayadas made out the receipt for the repayment. A picture, which stands out for its colour, captured on the occasion, is inserted below with the homeowner and his whole family standing in front of the new Fuller Home.

TFCH I-8: House of Bhaskaran Nadar and family