Meet the Residents
ASSES SILVA - Belgaum
She is a Spinster and is mentally disturbed.
THOMSON DSILVA- Goa
He is Handicapped and also suffers from mental illness.
MARY RAINA SILVEIRA - Belgaum
She suffers from bipolar disorders and was in the mental hospital.
COCEICAO DIAS - Belgaum
She was mentally retarded from birth and is an orphan and had no one to look after her.
PRASHANT HALGEKAR - Goa
He is suffering from Post Traumatic Brain Syndrome.
SULAKSHA MAHADEO TARI - Belgaum
Sulaksha suffers from undifferentiated Schorsophnea and is an orphan.
REMEZIA FERNANDES - Goa
Remezia Fernandes is and orphan and was in the "Mental Hospital" for a very long time, when she was better the doctor there requested us to keep her in Karunalaya.
MERCIA FERNANDES - Belgaum
Mercia Fernandes is an orphan suffering from Bi-Polar disorder.
Cynthia Moraes - Belgaum
Cynthia Moraes suffered from Schizophrenia and is an orphan and had no one to look after her.
ANIL BHARADWAJ - Goa
Anil Bharadwaj was brought to us from Gwalior as he had a paralytic stroke, and had no one to look after him.
THOMAS RAYMOND DSOUZA - Belgaum
Thomas used to work as a labourer for a vegetable vendor but when he fell sick he had no work and no where to go.
SYLVESTER D'COSTA - Belgaum
Sylvester D'costa was living in an old age home, but when he could not pay for his stay, he came to live in Karunalaya.
MAMTA ARYA - Belgaum
Shi is an orphan and was looked after by her grand father. When he passed away she sufferd a mental breakdown and had no one to look after her.
HARI BABURAO SHINDE - Belgaum
He worked as a tailor but went into depression, and since he was a bachelor he had no one to look after him.
PREM BAHADUR CHETRI- Goa
Prem is Old and needs help to do things. He is 60 years old and is in the Pirna Goa Home.
DIEGO D'SOUZA- Goa
Diego is 62 years old and has no one to look after. He is now in Karunalaya's Pirna Goa House.
NOEL D'SOUZA - Goa
He is Weak and in the Prina house of Karunalaya.
FRANCIS FERNANDES- Goa
He is old and cannot do things on his own and needs help.
MARUTI UCHUKAR - Goa
Maruti, one of the first residents
of Karunalaya, used to sell vegetables in the vegetable market in
Camp, Belgaum. He suddenly suffered a paralytic attack after which
he could not walk again. He moved around the market place looking
for food by dragging himself on the ground due to his
paralysis. Some people came forward and informed Mrs. Anita about his
pitiable condition. Since Karunalaya was not established at
that time, Mrs. Anita admitted him into Mother Teresa's home in Hubli.
He was well looked after there by Mother Teresa's Sisters
and recovered well, but still needs the help of a walker. As soon
as Karunalaya was ready, Maruti was the first resident to be admitted into
ARJUN RAMLING - Belgaum
The society members were informed by Dr.
Yadur about the sad plight of a man lying outside his clinic. When
some of the society members went there, they saw an old man lying
on the foot path outside the clinic. He was feeble, weak, crippled
and had many sores on his leg. He looked starved and he was in a
pitiful condition. After inquiring with some people from the area,
they learned that he was a destitute and had no place to go. Arjun was
then admitted into Karunalaya. Arjun, also one of the first residents
of Karunalaya, is a cripple and suffers from acute stomach
ulcers. After much treatment for the sores on his legs and regular
massage therapy, Arjun can now walk and it is a pleasure to watch
him helping other disabled residents in the Home.
HANUMANT BETGERI - Belgaum
Hanumant is from the nearby village of
Modage. Fr. Cyril informed Mrs. Anita of a man lying at a bus-stop
for many days near Nirmal Nagar and requested her to help the man.
When Mrs. Anita went and saw Hanumant, she was shocked to see him
in such a deplorable state, lying at the bus stop in filth and dirt.
She immediately admitted Hanumant into Karunalaya and he was cleaned,
bathed and shaved. After some medical treatment for his ailments,
Hanumant is now able to walk with a stick and manages his daily chores
on his own.
PHILIP PEREIRA - Belgaum
Philip is from Goa. After he had an attack of
meningitis, Philip lost his speech and control of his muscles. As a
result, he cannot do anything on his own and needs constant help and
assistance. He was being looked after by his ailing mother, but after
she passed away, there was no one to look after him. His case was
brought forward by one of our volunteers and Philip was admitted into
EDWARD D'SOUZA - Belgaum
Edward is an orphan from Goa. He is mentally challenged
and not of sound mind. However he helps around the Home with whatever he can and
helps other residents as much as he can.
JOHN - Goa
John is originally from Mumbai and is deaf and
dumb. He is not literate and cannot write as well. Hence, the society members
were unable to find out his real name. They named him John. He was brought
to Goa to work for a family. One day a Convent Nun visiting the home noticed
John and the severe sores he had on his body. The family he was staying with
was unable to look after him and so was left unattended. The Nun felt sorry
for him and brought him to Karunalaya. She requested the society members to
take him into the Home. His condition was so bad that there were maggots
in his sores. The Nun thought our staff how to clean and treat such wounds
and to remove the maggots. The staff faithfully dressed the wound just as
the Nun had showed them. Being a diabetic, the wounds took a long time to
heal. He still has a small wound, but by the grace of God, we hope he will
fully recover one day. John is an active resident and helps around
MALCOLM DSOUZA - Belgaum
Malcolm is an orphan and was being looked after by a
family in Goa. Even though he is not of sound mind, he used to manage doing
odd jobs around. Malcolm is unable to work any longer and support himself. The
family who used to look after him also could not do so due to their old age.
They requested the society members to keep Malcolm at Karunalaya as they could
not manage to keep him anymore.
TERRANCE BRAGANZA - Goa
Terrance is from Goa and is handicapped from birth.
He has an elder sister but she is suffering from a heart disease. She was
unable to look after herself as well as Terrance. She approached Karunalaya
to look after him. Terrance was found to be highly diabetic and his blood
sugar levels are being controlled by tablets now.
MAYUR WALKE - Belgaum
Mayur is from Goa. He is an orphan. He was adopted by
a family who later died. Mayur was totally displaced and did not have anywhere
to go. Due to the shock of the sudden loss of his family, Mayur developed mental
problems. He is now under treatment and is much better in the home.
BHASKAR JADHAV - Belgaum
Bhaskar is a bachelor from Belgaum. He is unmarried and
has no children. He used to work for an automobile company. He used to suffer from
severe blackouts and was unable to support himself. His neighbours approached us
to him into our home.
MAHADEV - Belgaum
Mahadev is from Belgaum and used to work as a security
guard. He injured his leg badly and did not have the money to look after the injury.
Local residents from Gandhinagar where he used to stay brought him to Karuanalaya.
When he came to us, his leg was rotting and the wound needed surgery. A skin graft
operation was performed and after constant dressing and medical care, Mahadev is
walking on his own now and doing well.
KALAPPA HANGEKAR - Belgaum
Kalappa is from Belgundi and was a caretaker for a farm.
When the owner of the farm died and the property was sold. The new owner of the
property asked Kalappa to leave the farm. He had no family and no place to go.
Residents from Belgundi approached us to take Kalappa into the home.
SANJAY SHARMA - Goa
Sanjay is originally from Rajasthan but his family
had settled down in Belgaum. Tragically his parents died and was looked after
by his uncles. They, however, cheated him and took away all the property that
was in his name. He left his house and used to walk up and down a road near
Divine Providence in Tilakwadi. A few rickshaw drivers used to notice him
everyday and they stopped our vehicle one day and approached us to take him
VISHRAM RAIKAR - Belgaum
Vishram is a bachelor. He used to live with his
brother. He was mentally ill and as he grew up his condition worsened.
He used to urinate all over the house. His brother was poor and could not
look after him as he was becoming difficult to manage. He was ill-treated
and some friends of Karunalaya approached us to keep Vishram in our home.
RAPHAEL FERNANDES - Goa
Raphael is an orphan and is from Honnavar. He
had injured his hand and lost a few fingers. He is very poor and unable
to look after himself especially after his disability as he is unable to
utilize his hands fully. Friends of his requested us to keep him in
JULIET AND JAMES VIEIRA - Belgaum
This brother and sister pair are from Bandra,
Mumbai. Both of them have graduated from reputable Colleges in Mumbai. However,
after graduation, both of them seemed to have developed mental problems. They
lost their father very young. Their mother tried her level best and did
everything she could for them by admitting them in various mental homes in
Mumbai. She spent all her life savings on them. However, in spite of this, she
was devastated to find out that neither of her children were showing signs of
improvement. In fact, they were both getting worse and becoming very boisterous
at the homes. Having nowhere else to go, she approached the society members and
requested them to admit both her children into Karunalaya, as she had no more
money left with her to spend on them. After being admitted into our Home, both
Juliet and James have been treated by the very gracious Dr. Belinda Viegas-Mueller
from Goa. They both suffer from Schizophrenia. Both of them have been showered with
a lot of love, care and support by the staff and residents at the Home. They have
since shown such tremendous improvement that they are now on reduced medication for
their ailments. We are very proud that they are leading absolutely normal lives
ZULEIKA SHAIKH - Belgaum
Zuleika is from Camp, Belgaum. After her husband passed
away, Zuleika used to wander through the streets of Camp with her two young daughters.
Some people who knew her husband, got her two daughters admitted to Divine Providence
School & Boarding, Belgaum. Meanwhile, Zuleika used to roam the streets of Camp
looking for work and a place to eat and sleep. Until one day, when she got very
sick and could no longer work. Her daughters requested the society members to keep
her in the Home. She has psychiatric problems for which she is receiving treatment.
STEVEN FERNANDES - Belgaum
Steven is epileptic and gets fits often. He used to take cows to graze
in the forest in Goa but got epileptic fits many times in the forest and has fallen down helpless.
One torrid Monsoon, due to heavy rains, his small thatched hut they used to stay in was washed
away. They had no place to go. The Parish Priest of his village approached us to take him.
Steven is now under treatment for epilepsy and his fits are not as often as before.
CHANDRAKALA KEDARI - Belgaum
Chandrakala is from the nearby village of Modage.
When her daughter got married and left the house, Chandrakala was left alone
to fend for herself. She could not stay with her daughter due to traditional
Hindu customs. She found work in the fields for income. However, she had to
use a stick for support. Her daughter was heart broken to see her mother's state
but unable to do anything due to her husband's family. She pleaded with the
society members to keep her mother in Karunalaya. Even though she is old,
she manages herself well and even washes her own clothes. Currently, she
is the only resident who does not need any medication.
FATIMA SHAIKH - Belgaum
Fatima is also from Camp, Belgaum. She is not
married and used to live with her mother. When her mother died, Fatima
went into such a traumatic depression that she even refused to clean up
herself. Her sister-in-law refused to keep her with her. She had reached
such a deplorable state that her brother earnestly requested the society
members to keep her in Karunalaya. When she was admitted into the Home,
Fatima required a lot of cleaning and personal care. The staff took days
to get her back into a clean and hygienic condition. Once Fatima was
cleaned up well, we noticed she kept mumbling to herself all day long.
She was then diagnosed with Schizophrenia and the necessary psychiatric
care was arranged. She also suffered from a liver malfunction for
which she was treated and is much better now.
IMMACULATE BHAGWATI - Belgaum
Immaculate is not married and was living with her
unmarried brother. After her brother passed away, she had no one to look
after her. Some people known to her requested the society members to keep
Immaculate at Karunalaya as there was no one to look after her. Immaculate
was is a pitiable condition. She has a skin disorder and has warts all over
her body. She is unable to do anything herself and needs constant help and
RAFIQ BEPARI - Goa
Rafiq is mentally retarded from birth. His mother used
to care for him until she was very old but because of her failing health she was
unable to to care for him any longer. Rafiq used to roam aimlessly on the streets
till late at night until he was brought to Karunalaya and given a home.
CHRISTINE RAPOSE - Belgaum
Christine had a history of medical illnesses. She suffered
with heart problems and high blood pressure for many years until one day she suffered
a paralytic stroke and was unable to move or even stand any longer. One of our society
members recommended her case to us and we brought her into Karunalaya.
ANTHON PINTO - Goa
Anthon used to work at the Belgaum railway station as a
porter. One day he suffered from such a severe paralytic stroke that he could not
move. He was lying at the railway station for almost a week uncared for. Then
some people who knew him contacted us and requested us to keep Anthon in our home.
We brought him to Karunalaya and gave him treatment. With constant and continuing
physiotheraphy Anthon is much better and recovering slowly.
PREMA TELSANG - Belgaum
Prema used to work in houses as a domestic maid servant
and make her living. However, she was suffering from high blood pressure and she
left it untreated for long. As a result, she suffered from a devastating paralytic
stroke which left her bed ridden. Her neighbours approached us and asked us to
keep her in Karunalaya. Now after almost two years, with many physiotheraphy
sessions, she had improved slightly and we are so happy to see her stand and
take a few steps.
NAGAPPA YARGATTI - Belgaum
Nagappa was found lying on the road side and was picked
up by the Sisters in Bailhongal and brought to Karunalaya. The Sisters requested
us to keep Nagappa in our home. He was paralyzed and could not walk. Apparently,
a bullock cart went over his leg when he was lying on the roadside and fractured
his thigh bone.
VITAL LAD - Belgaum
Vital's problems started at a very young age when he
suffered a mental breakdown. After his parents passed away, Vital was looked
after for many years by his older brother. Now his brother also had become
old and could not manage to look after Vital anymore. Hisbrother approached
us and asked whether we could keep Vital in our home. We took Vital in to
Karunalaya and looking after him.
ASUMPTA D'COSTA - Belgaum
Asumpta is a very sweet young mentally retarded girl.
She is from Belgundi and is the only child born very late to old parents.
Her father is paralyzed and her mother was finding it very difficult to look
after Asumpta and her paralyzed husband. She approached Karunalaya to keep
Asumpta with us. Asumpta is currently under medication from Dr. Belinda Viegas.
AARTI SATWANI - Belgaum
Aarti is only 15 years old. She is a mentally
retarded child. After her mother died of cancer, her father was unable
to look after Aarti any more as she needed much attention and assistance.
Some neighbours of her family requested us to keep Aarti in our home. She
is now with us and getting all the help she needs in Karunalaya.
FATIMA AND MARTHA PEREIRA - Goa
Fatima used to earn a living by working as a
domestic maid servant in several houses in the village. She also has a
mentally retarded daughter, Martha. As Fatima, the only bread winner
in the family, did not look after her health, she suffered a paralytic
attack that left her bed ridden. Some people from the hospital
informed us about Fatima and Martha and both were shifted to our home
in Goa. Now, both mother and daughter are being well looked after and
getting all the help that they need.
VASUDEV KORGAONKAR - Goa
Vasudev is unmarrid who worked in Mumbai as a
security guard. He does not have any family left anymore. His legs began
giving him a lot of trouble so much so that he had to give up his job.
Hence, he could not look after himself anymore. He then came to stay
with some relatives of his in Goa. But the relatives, too, could not
look after him any more. His relatives requested us to keep in Karunalaya
and we brought Vasudev into our home.
ROSARIO MASCHARENHAS - Goa
Rosario is a bachelor from Raia, Goa. He has
high diabetes and was so poor that he had no money to buy medicines to
treat his diabetes. He used to live with his brother. His brother has
now become old and could not take care of him any longer. A wound he had
on his leg was not taken care for such a long time that his foot had to
be amputated. He asked us to keep him in Karunalaya.
CARMELINE ROSARIO - Belgaum
Carmeline is unmarried and has no family left.
She worked in Mumbai for many years as a domestic maid servant in a
family's house. But now her legs have become weak due to osteoporosis
and she is unable to work any longer. The family she used to work for
requested us to keep her in Karunalaya as she had no one to look after
MARIA LUISA ARAUJO - Belgaum
Marlinz is a spinster and is mentally ill.
She used to manage in her village with the help of neighbours. But
recently her mental state deteriorated so badly that she was unable
to do things for herself. The neighbours approached us to keep her
MADHUSHRI GAIDOLE - Belgaum
Madhushri is only 18 years old.
Her family is so poor that they do not even have electricity
in their house. They barely manage to make ends meet.
Unfortunately, she suffered a severe mental breakdown
just before attempting her Class 10 SSLC exams. Her
parents tried in many ways to help her by showing her
to a number of Hindu priests and medics, but Madhushri
did not improve. Her parents, after hearing about our
home, approached Mrs. Anita to see if she can help
Madhushri in any way by keeping her in our home.
YELLAMA - Belgaum
Yellama was found under a tree
on a cold wintry morning in Ganeshpur. Yellama was spotted
when a society member went for a walk in the morning. He
found the lady lying under the tree and spoke to her. He
found she was mentally ill. He informed the police and
brought her to Karunalaya. He is under medication and
doing well at the home.