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

      

Monday, July 24, 2017

THE GLOBAL BUILDERS LED BY KATHLEEN WILLIAMS

 

With the arrival of a six-member team, the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing has had the privilege of hosting another dynamic group of global builders from the USA, led (for the second time in four years) by charismatic Kathleen Williams. Interested in housing the homeless, the team members are committed to helping our existing new homeowners by offering to work with them on the construction of their houses

The whole team posing together at the Homestay
Demonstration and instruction by the yoga guru


Four of the team spend a little time on yoga 
in the morning
The team at work for a homeowner
Captured from outside; looks as if 'behind bars'!
Team members and the TFCH manager carrying bricks
Kat is sifting the manufactured sand
The team and the chairman in front of a 
nearby Fuller Home
Cement and sand being mixed by Kat and Douglas 
with the homeowner
Jacqueline Rouse conveying cement packet 
in a wheel barrow 
Kat, the team leader, with the homeowner's children
A break from work for the team
The team with the chairman and the homeowner family
The team on a boat cruise en route the resort 


At the entrance of the Poovar Island Resort

Team leader Kat in the swimming pool of the resort
TFCH Chairman presents the memento 
to the team leader
Ethan with the memento presented by the 
TFCH Secretary

TFCH Manager presents the certificate of appreciation
 to the team leader


TFCH Chairman presents the certificate of appreciation
to Jacqueline Rouse


Matthew Weinstein with the memento flanked 
by the chairman and the secretary 


Christopher with the memento presented by the chairman
Douglas with the memento presented by 
Board Member Mr Vijayan
The team members are filling out 
the Feedback Sheets on farewell


Jacqueline with Treasurer's wife, Chairman's wife
and Treasurer's daughter-in-law 


Team leader Kat flanked by the homestay owners

The team members at the dinner table


Jackie, Chris, Matt and Kat were seen off 
at the railway station by TFCH Chairman
Ethan and Douglas were seen off 
at the international airport by TFCH Chairman

Thursday, July 20, 2017

THE FULLER HOMES THAT WE HAVE BUILT SO FAR!

The pictures inserted below are those of 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. While his house was under construction with TFCH funds, he was selected for housing under the government scheme. Soon he repaid the whole loan and completed the house with the funds received from the local administration. The homeowner, who is grateful for the assistance initially provided by the TFCH, is living with his family happily now.


House - 12House of 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. He and his family had been living in a rented house for long. His son is 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. The family feels safe and secure with a Fuller home.
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. She 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 very happy to be living in this new house which 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 the 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.
House - 27: House of Lathika Devi and family


The homeowner is a domestic worker who had been living in a small rented house for years. She came to know of the TFCH through one of the members of the Board and approached for our assistance. Being eligible with repayment potential, she was helped to build this house, and the whole family, including her mother, is happy to live in their own house now. 

House - 28: House of Bhaskaran Nadar and family

This homeowner, who is an agriculturist, now lives in the Fuller home with his family consisting of his wife, his son (autorickshaw driver), his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren. They were living in an inadequate house until the TFCH helped them to renovate their existing house. The smiles on their faces say it all.

House - 29: House of Abhilash and Remya

Abhilash, who is an electrician, was living with his small family in his relative's house when he approached the TFCH for assistance. The Board found the family eligible for the loan as they possessed repayment potential. The dedication of this house, whose construction was completed within three months, was witnessed by the Global Team from Singapore led by Raymond Chew.

House - 30: House of Sabu & Family

Sabu, who is an agriculturist, was living in a rented house at Kelakam when his case was recommended by our partner in Kannur district. The TFCH selected the family as it was found eligible for housing assistance. Pastor Sasi Joseph of the Assembly of God and his wife are seen with the happy homeowner family in the latter's new Fuller Home.

House - 31: House of  Ravi & Santhi's Family

Ravi & Santhi, who are the joint homeowners, did not have a proper house to live in. They were recommended by their Assembly of God pastor and a former TFCH homeowner. Ravi, occupied as a mason, was found to be in need of a home with necessary repayment potential, so his case was considered by the TFCH Board for the loan assistance. The family built this decent home and has been living there happily with their children.

House - 32: House of Cherupushpam & Family

This the Fuller Home of Ms Cherupushpam and her family. This family had been living in a rented house until their Fuller home was completed with the funds lent by the TFCH. With the dedication of this house the family feels that it has a home of its own. While the homeowner is a domestic worker, her husband is a mason. Both of them work hard. The family enjoys living in a permanent house.

House - 33: House of Aneesh and Family

This is the Fuller Home of  the family of Aneesh, his mother and sister. Aneesh, the homowner, is a labourer whose family was living in an inadequate house. He had erected the foundation for a house but could not get a loan from any source to continue construction and complete the house. Then he approached the Center for assistance. His housing condition was verified, his need was ascertained, his repayment potential was assessed and finally he was provided the loan. In a short span of two and a half months he completed the new house with the sweat equity received from his relatives, neighbours and friends. 

House - 34: House of Chandrika and Family

The TFCH dedicated this Fuller Home belonging to Ms Chandrika, a grass widow, who earns her daily bread working as a domestic assistant, and lives with her mother and daughter. Chandrika could not complete her house which she started constructing with the government grant received three years ago. Now that her house has been finished with the TFCH assistance, she can relocate her family from the rented house where she has lived so long. The house now looks so elegant with two small bedrooms, a hall, an attached toilet and a kitchen.

House - 35: House of Don Bosco & Family

This Home is owned by Don Bosco, the homeowner who is standing to your extreme left. Don Bosco is a young bachelor now working as a salesman in a small shop. With the occupation of this simple and decent Fuller home, he has decided to look for a bride. His mother being no more, he and his father will live in this house until his marriage, which will take place shortly. Others who are posing for the photograph are his very close relatives including his father (standing on the threshold). All of them are happy about Don Bosco having had a good house of his own to live in.

House - 36: House of Victor & Shobha's Family

This Fuller Home belongs to Victor & Shobha. Victor, a mason, had been living with his wife in a rented house until this new Fuller Home was dedicated and occupied by the family with the loan assistance of the TFCH. The couple had married off their daughters some time ago. Since then they have struggled hard to build a house of their own. Now that they are in the Fuller Home, they will enjoy dual benefits: They need only repay the loan with the amount they had been paying as rent; they would own this house as soon as the loan is fully repaid.

House - 37: House of Sachu and Family

Sachu and Anu are a couple whose existing house with only one bedroom lacked a kitchen and a bathroom. They wanted to add them for a more convenient stay there. Sachu is a casual worker in a Travels Agency while Anu is a driver in a private firm. They had some savings and their repayment potential is satisfactory. With the interest-free loan granted by the TFCH they have renovated their house with the additions as desired and required. The family is seen standing near there house. The smiles on their faces bear testimony to the contentment they are feeling now. The children say that they are happy with the additional bedroom and a good kitchen.

House - 38: House of Biji and Family

This house was built for the family of Ms Biji in Kannur district. Biji and her husband are Gospel Workers. The couple has two daughters. Biji, her family and her parents had been living in a rented house for years until they came to know about the Trivandrum Fuller Center for Housing (TFCH) through the Assembly Of God Worship Center, Kelakam. With the interest-free loan provided by the TFCH the whole family is able to own a decent home and live there happily.

House - 39: House of Leela and Family

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. 

House - 40 (to be inserted)