Meet the Society Members
Mrs. Anita Rodricks
Founder Member, The Leomel Society & Karunalaya
Mrs. Anita is a devout, resilient
and persevering person who has dedicated her retired life to the
service and care of the residents of Karunalaya. Despite having
her children well settled abroad, instead of living with them, she has chosen a life of
sacrifice and service to the residents of the Home. She lives in the
Home with the residents and looks after them. We admire her for her
selfless love and care she shows for the residents of the Home. May God
Fr. Victor D'Cruz
President, The Leomel Society
is presently the Director of the Belgaum Diocesan Pastoral Centre at
Dharwad. He takes immense personal interest in the residents and in the
smooth daily running of the Home. He makes himself available at any
time if any assistance is required. He generally oversees to the
accounts auditing and any correspondence and communication that is
required by the Society.
Mrs. Janet Viegas
Secretary, The Leomel Society
Mrs. Janet is a retired Teacher of St. Paul's
High School, Belgaum. She has been a staunch supporter and generous donor
from the early beginnings of Karunalaya. She helps with the stitching of
clothes that may be required for the residents. Even though she lives quite
a distance from the Home and does not have her own conveyance, she makes
every effort to visit and help at the Home frequently. Whenever residents
are sick, she is by their side night & day attending and caring for them,
and hence, loved so much by the residents. Her daughter, Dr. Belinda
Viegas-Mueller, a well known psychiatrist in Goa, often visits and counsels
Mrs. Mary D'cruz
Treasurer, The Leomel Society
D'cruz is a retired School Teacher residing at Nanwadi Belagavi, she oversees the
general accounting of the Society and helps us with all our banking
needs. she helps with the donor record-keeping, receipt issuance, income
tax matters and society registration..
Fr. Alex D'cruz
Father Alex D'cruz is the Principal of Nirvana High School Modage, Belgaum.
Fr. Allwyn Sudhir
Fr. Allwyn Sudhir is the Secretary of Belgaum Diocesan Board of Education residing at the Bishop's House Belgaum.
Mr. Benoy George
George is a young entrepreneur from Vaibhav Nagar Belgaum, he is a constant support for karunalaya.
Mr. Albert Naidu
Naidu is a retired bank employee of Canara Bank. He oversees the
general accounting of the Society and helps us with all our banking
needs. He helps with the donor record-keeping, receipt issuance, income
tax matters and society registration.
Ms. Mariamma Nygam
Mariamma is currently a Teacher in St. Paul's High School, Belgaum.
Despite her professional and personal commitments, Ms. Mariamma always
makes herself available for the Home, especially during times when Mrs.
Anita Rodricks is out of town and unable to be at the Home. Ms.
Mariamma is especially helpful in making the residents feel at Home by
conversing with them in their own native languages.
Dr. Nitin Khot
Dr. Nitin is a retired professional from the UK
and now settled in Belgaum. He is a charismatic and passionate
individual who takes keen interest in the Home and never hesitates to
talk to his acquaintances about the Home. He is a passionate
environmentalist at heart and we appreciate all the advice he gives us
on opportunities for improvement for the Home. He is a valuable asset
to our Home.
Mr. Vijay Moogi
Mr. Moogi is currently one of Belgaum's
leading Structural Engineers and Architect. He has single-handedly
designed and supervised construction of all phases of Karunalaya. He is
ever-willing and ready to advise us in his technical capacity at any
time. His wife, Shoba, also takes active interest in the Home.
Dr. Ashok Sakadev
Dr. Ashok is a General Physician by
profession and a selfless dedicated social worker. He offers his
honorary services to numerous poor patients in the vicinity of his
home, relieving them of their pain and suffering. He is readily
available to us at all times for his medical advice and performs
regular check-ups on the residents.
Mr. Joe Gomes
Mr. Joe has worked in
Muscat, Oman for a very long time and is now retired. He is the eldest brother of Mrs.
Anita Rodricks. He is a great organizer, very knowledgeable, and often
gives helpful advice to Mrs. Anita on numerous matters for the Home. He
and his wife, Thelma, visit the Home regularly.
Mr. Vilas Honrao
Mr. Vilas is currently a life insurance
agent. He has a keen interest in garden landscaping and brings plants
from various places for the Home. If at any time help is required for
the home, Mr. Vilas has always been there for us.
Fr. Cyril Fernandes
Fr. Cyril is presently the Director of an
Orphanage in the nearby village of Navage. He is a faithful supporter of
the Home and is instrumental in arranging monthly food provisions for
the Home. We are so very grateful to Fr. Cyril.
Mr. Gracian Gomes
Mr. Gracian, a humble businessman from Goa,
is a cousin of Mrs. Anita Rodricks. A soft-spoken individual by nature,
he is a staunch supporter and generous donor of the Home. He is an
excellent counselor and helps by counseling residents at the Home.
Fr. Gabriel Anthony
Fr. Gabriel is presently the Parish Priest
of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Hidkal. He has helped construct
a magnificent Church in Bagalkot that is now visited by many tourists all year-round.
Fr. Fremiot Vaz
Fr. Femiot is presently the Parish Priest of
the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dharwad. He is a very talented priest
and visits the Home regularly.
Ms. Jeanne Dacosta
Ms. Jeanne is currently working in the UK
and is a cousin of Mrs. Anita Rodricks. She is instrumental in raising
funds for the Home by collecting funds from her family, friends &
colleagues in the UK. She even takes part in running race events in the UK to
collect funds for the Home. We are very grateful to her.
Mr. Percy Gomes
Mr. Percy is presently working in Toronto,
Canada and is the brother of Mrs. Anita Rodricks. A very prayerful
person by nature and generous donor to the Home, he advises the Home on
all financial matters.
Mr. Tony Gomes
Mr. Tony is working in Muscat, Oman and is the
youngest brother of Mrs. Anita Rodricks. He whole-heartedly supports
the Home and enjoys staying at the Home and interacting with the
residents when he is on vacation.
Mr. Maurice D'Cruz
Mr. Maurice is the Principal of Sacred
Heart High School, Kurseong in Darjeeling and is the brother-in-law of
Mrs. Anita Rodricks. He and his wife, Mary, are an immense support to the
Home by arranging hard-working, dedicated, ever-smiling and
ever-willing staff for the Home.
Mr. Conrad Rodricks
Mr. Conrad is well established in San
Jose, California, USA and is the eldest child of Mrs. Anita Rodricks. He
along with his wife, Vina, and two sisters, Melani & Natasha,
continue to support the Home financially and through numerous other
Mr. Rajan Misquita
Mr. Rajan Misquita is the husband of Mrs. Anita Rodrick's second daughter.
Despite being well-settled in USA, Mr. Rajan always finds the time to visit
Karunalaya during his visits to India. We are thankful to Mr. Rajan and his
family for the immense support they are to our home.
Mr. Savio Vaz
Mr. Savio Vaz is the husband of Mrs. Anita Rodrick's first daugther. Mr. Savio
has a kind and generous personality. Our home means much to him. He goes out
of his way to help us in whatever way he can. He helps us with our grocery
shopping and all other odd jobs there are in our home. We are so thankful to
him for his support.