The First Phase
The first phase of Karunalaya was officially inaugurated on 4th January 2005 and included a large Dormitory, Kitchen & Dining Hall, Toilets and Bathing rooms. It was fully furnished and completed by February 2005. The Society Members wanted to bring in residents as soon as the buildings were inaugurated but were unable to do so as there was no water or electric supply in the Home at that time. Mrs. Anita Rodricks tried her level best to get running water and an electric supply for the Home before she took residents in, but all her efforts went in vain. Despite many hardships and difficulties, on 19th February 2005, the birth anniversary of her late husband, Melwin Rodricks, she decided to go and live in the Home with her first two residents - Maruti Uchukar and Arjun Ramling.
Since there was no electric supply in the Home, she bought a diesel Generator on an installment basis at the cost of Rs. 58,000/- (approx. $1200.00). Due to the high cost of operation, the generator was sparingly used for only one hour a day. For a decent and clean source of water supply in the Home, much effort was spent locating a suitable location on the property to dig a bore-well to yield sufficient water. While a water source was being sought, water was brought to the Home in water tankers from Belgaum which worked out to be very expensive. Moreover, the tanker water turned out to be unsuitable for drinking. Mrs. Anita then started bringing drinking water for the Home from her own house in Camp every day! After much searching by local water diviners, water was struck at a depth of 250 feet at a location on the property but with a capacity of only a ¼ inch that was insufficient for the Home. A bore well was dug but unfortunately soon afterwards, it went dry.
For an electric connection, Mrs. Anita Rodricks was forced to install her own electric transformer. A local electrical contractor completed the work at a cost of Rs. 1,50,000/- (approx. $3000.00). Finally, in the month of August 2006, eighteen (18) months after the first residents were brought in, the Home lit up with electric lights! Sincere thanks to Mr. Vijay Moogi, a society member, who helped us get the electric connection. A solar water heater was also bought on installment basis with the help of Mr. Albert Naidu, a society member. It is of great use to the Home as it provides hot water for bathing the residents at a reduced cost.