Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE FULLER HOMES THAT WE HAVE BUILT SO FAR!

The pictures inserted below are the houses of homeowners funded by the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing, India.

House - 1: House of Joy and family
Joy, a skilled carpenter, and his family were living in a just two-room asbestos-roofed inadequate house when he approached the TFCH for assistance. It was around the time of the first Millard Fuller Legacy Build. The Center decided to participate in the Build though it had not received any external aid. The members of the Board contributed to the corpus which served as a source to meet about 75% of the estimated cost for the reconstruction of Joy's house. And, this was the first Fuller Home of the TFCH, with the dedication of  which we also joined the MFLB 2009.

House - 2 House of Varghese and family
Varghese, a privately employed car driver, was living in an substandard house with a couple of small rooms made of raw bricks. The roof had been leaky and patched up with tarpaulin pieces. The house was too inadequate to accommodate his wife and a grown up son, who was working as a mason. Varghese had been dreaming of a better house for long. His need was genuine and his request was considered by the Center. This Fuller Home also has the distinction of being the first house built with the funds received from the FCFH. 

House - 3House of Geo Joseph and family
Geo Joseph and his family were living in a dilapidated leaky house built more than 50 years ago. His two children could not have a proper place to sit and study their lessons. An auto driver, Joseph approached the TFCH with a request to help him renovate and restrengthen his old house. His case was approved by the TFCH Board and his house was reconstructed with more spacious rooms.    

House - 4House of Geethakumari and family
Geethakumari, a home maker, was living with her husband (an Ayurvedic village physician) and her daughter in a house belonging to her brother. She had a small piece of land, but did not have the resources to build a house. Her dream for an own house had been a decade old when she and her husband visited the TFCH office for housing assistance. The family was selected and helped to build this Fuller Home.    

House - 5House of Sheeba and family
Sheeba and her family had been living in an asbestos-roofed unhealthy house with her husband, daughter and parents when her condition was brought to the notice of the TFCH. Her husband, formerly a private taxi driver and later a cameraman's assistant, was running from pillar to post for a separate house for his the family. The government of Kerala helped him with some money, but it was hardly enough for the foundation. But he had procured some building materials out of his year-long earnings. The TFCH recognized the family's plight and helped Sheeba with a loan. The entire family may be seen standing happily in front of the Fuller Home.   


House - 6House of Susan Rajam and family
This Fuller Home was built for Susan Rajam, a grass widow, who had been living with her widowed mother and children in their old ancestral house belonging to her brother. She was a casual employee when the Center considered her for the assistance. A year after the completion of  this house she was able to be working in a private unaided primary school as a teacher. Susan feels very secure and says that after being in partnership with the Fuller Center she is blessed with two things - one a decent and permanent home of her own to live in and the other a simple and regular job for her to live on.  

House - 7House of Saji & Jini and family
Saji and his wife Jini jointly own this Fuller Home. Saji is a skilled carpenter who was living with his family in a substandard house made of unburnt bricks and roofed with earthen tiles. Being very old and worn out, the house was not safe enough for the family. With his lone income he could not save enough money to build a new house. He was struggling hard to secure a loan from a bank or a financial institution, but failed. It was in this context that Saji and Jini approached the TFCH. The Board visited the family and found their housing condition quite deplorable. The family was selected and the loan sanctioned. Soon the work started and this Fuller Home was built.

House - 8House of Sheeja and family
Sheeja was living in a lintel-level plastic roofed  single room, built of cement blocks, with her husband and two children. They were using an improvised kitchen annexed to the room. Her husband Vijayakumar, a rubber tapper and auto rickshaw driver, had procured some building materials out of his earnings, but could not proceed with construction for want of sufficient funds. The family was selected and helped by the TFCH to build this beautiful Fuller Home. 


House - 9House of Vinod and family
The owner of this Fuller Home is Vinod, a bachelor living with his widowed mother in an inadequate housing environment. Being a good skilled mason he was able to save well and buy a house which had been under construction. Exhausted with existing resources, he was unable to proceed further from the structural stage of the house. The TFCH helped him to complete the house with all necessary amenities. This was one of the houses on which the First Global Builders from Mercer University led by Dr Chris Grant worked during their stay with the Center.


House - 10House of Kumar and family
This Fuller Home belongs to Kumar, a mason, who is also a divorcee with two children. When his wife left, he had been living in a shack. Having heard about the Fuller Center, he approached the TFCH for a loan to construct just three rooms for accommodating himself and his children since the existing house was too substandard for human occupation. With the assistance received from the Center he built this house which had also been earmarked for the Global Builders. The homeowner is happily living with his children now.


House - 11House of Ajikumar and family
This Fuller Home belongs to Ajikumar, a mason. When his house was under construction, he was selected for the government grant.  Soon he repaid the whole loan and completed the house. The homeowner, who is grateful for the assistance initially provided by the TFCH, is happily living with his wife and children now.

House - 12House Sajeev Das and family
Sajeev Das is a homeowner who was living in an asbestos-roofed two-room house. Working for a private company as a field representative, he could not find any prospects of renovating his house and making it fitter and better for continued occupation. The TFCH considered him for the housing assistance and helped him rebuild his house. This Fuller Home had also been earmarked for the GB team to work for. Sajeev, now married, is living happily in his own home.

House - 13House of Mallika and family
This Fuller Home is now owned by Mallika, a casual employee in the State government. Her husband is an electrician. The couple have two school-going daughters.  The family was living in an old ancestral house when Mallika approached the Center for assistance. She had received some aid from the local administration, but could not construct beyond the lintel level with that support. This family was selected and helped to complete the house. Another GB team led by M/s Boots and Ramsay were very happy to work for this house with the homeowner family.    

House - 14House of Rasalan & Yasodha and family
The joint homeowners Rasalan and Yasodha and their family were living in the raw-bricked, sheet-roofed house seen behind this new Fuller Home. Rasalan is a skilled mason while his wife is a home maker. They had half built this house and left it incomplete at the lintel level for want of funds. The TFCH considered the family's need and funded them for completing the work. The GB team also had a chance to render their support during the RCC of the roof. The family proudly acknowledges the TFCH's support and is happily living in the Fuller Home now. 


House - 15House of Vincent & Valsala and family
The house in which this family comprising Vincent and Valsala, the joint homeowners, and their son lived was a substandard one and it belonged to their married daughter who was living away with her husband and children. The family had a very small piece of land to erect a house on. Vincent and his son are masons with the necessary repayment potential. The TFCH considered the family for the housing assistance and helped them to build this Fuller Home which also received the benefits of labour voluntarily put in by the GB team. 


House - 16House of Jaison and family
Jaison, a skilled mason who had worked abroad, could not complete his new house for want of funds. He had been living with his family in the two unfinished rooms when his need was brought to the Center's notice through one of the Board members. The Center considered this family, and with the support provided, Jaison was able to complete his house in a couple of months. The family is now very happy about having had a beautiful house to live in. With this housing project we have moved out of Trivandrum and extended our ministry to other parts of Kerala.  


House - 17House of Johnson Mathew and family
The River City Church of the USA wanted our ministry to be extended to Kelakam in Kannur, which is one of the northern districts of Kerala. With the approval of the Fuller Center for Housing, USA, our central organization, we built two houses there. This is the Fuller Home of Johnson Mathew, a painter and family who had been living in a rented house for long.



House - 18House of Paulose and family
This is the Fuller Home of Paulose, a labourer and his family who had been living in a rented house for long together with their son, a tyre resoling worker. With the assistance received from the FCFH they were able to build a house of their own and start living in it. 

House - 19House of Maniyan and family
This Fuller Home belongs to Maniyan, a skilled mason and family. They had been living in a very inadequate housing environment when the FCFH visited and selected the family for the assistance as recommended by one of the Board members. The family is now happy to have built this house which has provided the inmates a social uplift as well as a comfortable living.


House - 20House of Biji and family
The owner of this Fuller Home, Biji, is a widow, who lived in her old dilapidated small ancestral house has four daughters. three of them are still studying while the eldest is earning some income working in a computer coaching institute. Biji also works in a local convent attending to the menial jobs there. The FCFH visited and selected the family for the assistance as recommended by one of the Board members. The family is now happy to be living in this new house. This house is situated in Kottayam District, about three hours' drive from TFCH headquarters.


House - 21House of Padmini and family
Padmini is a homemaker while her husband is a skilled mason. The family had no house of their own to live in. The FCFH selected the family for the housing assistance as recommended by one of the existing homeowners of the Center. The family is excited to have built this house in a shorter period of time with the participation of Global Builders who rendered their sweat equity in thye construction work for a few days at a stretch.


House - 22House of Sasidharan and family
This house of Sasidharan & family could not be completed despite some financial aid received from the local administration. It remained incomplete for a long period of time. Sasidharan approached the Center for assistance to complete his house. The Board members who visited the family found them deserving. With the housing loan provided by the TFCH the family completed the house and began to live in it happily thereafter.


House - 23House of Anu and family
The homeowner is Anu and her husband is an autorickshaw driver. The family did not have their own house. They had been living in a rented house until this Fuller Home was built. The family is thrilled to be living in the new house.  They are also happy to have been blessed with a son with the dedication of this house.

House - 24House of Anoosh Benzi and family
The homeowner Anoosh Benzi is an electrician and he stands flanked by his mother and elder brother. He wanted to build a new house and accommodate his parents there. The house was built with the assistance of the Center and completed as scheduled. The family has experienced a rise in societal status since the occupation of the Fuller Home. 


House - 25: House of Sumathy and family

The homeowner Sumathy is a daily wage-earner while her husband is a gardener. The family were living in two temporary sheds. Now that they have built a house with the help of the Center, they are happy to move into and live in that Fuller Home with a sort of elevated status.

House - 26: House of Jaya and family
The homeowner Jaya is a home-maker while her husband is an autorickshaw driver. The family did not have an adequate house of their own. The TFCH helped them build a Fuller Home where they are now living happily enjoying a better social status than before.



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Friday, May 26, 2017

Brief visit of vice-chairman to the admin office

The establishment of the administrative office of the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing would not have been a reality but for the support of two great persons; one Fr Mathew Thundathil, vice-chairman of the TFCH and the other Mr David Snell, president of the FCFH. While we gratefully thank the Trivandrum Carmelite Provincial as well as the Fuller Center for Housing, USA, we place on record the efforts made by Fr Mathew Thundathil to pay his first visit to the new office and attend the meeting of the Board despite continual hospitalization and continued indisposition. It was a very gala occasion for the whole Board to meet Fr Mathew, to have the office formally opened by him, to discuss the functioning of the TFCH and to share our thoughts on various points. 

Fr Mathew Thundathil, the vice chairman, formally opens the office
THE TFCH BOARD
Standing L-R Mr Abraham Mathew (Treasurer), Mr N Vijayan (member)
Mr C K Alexander (secretary) and Mr K Johnson (former secretary)
Sitting L-R Sr Josmin (joint secretary), Fr Mathew Thundathil (vice-chair)
Adv T H Lawrence (chairman) and Sr Erasma (former member)
The Board and the staff  with the chair's family
The Board and the staff  with the chair's family
The meeting of the TFCH Board

Thursday, February 2, 2017

DEDICATION OF ANOTHER FULLER HOME ON JANUARY 30, 2017

The Fuller home of Ms P Leela
This Fuller home belongs to Ms P Leela, unmarried, who lives with her younger sister who is also unmarried. While Leela is a homemaker, her sister is working as an ayah. They had been living in a rented house for long until they heard about the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing from one of our homeowners living nearby. When they approached the TFCH, they were educated, interviewed and selected. On verification they were found to be possessing the necessary repayment potential. Within a period of three months the house was constructed and it was dedicated on January 30, 2017. The family feels extremely happy to have a permanent home of their own with better amenities now.