30.3.2022. 7 pm IST
STREET PROVIDENCE GOA today organized a small farewell for Mr Serafin Dias , SP @ Goa Police , who retires from service , in a very unique and innovative way just outside his office.
Mr Serafin Dias , one of the finest offers of Goa Police who many like me will vouch for.
A silent supporter , advisor , friend and guide to our NGO as well as the homeless on the streets of Goa , without whom our REHABILITATION program would not be where we are today.
As a sign of gratitude , close to 90 + homeless and PWDs gathered outside his office and SHOWERED PETALS on him as he made his way to his office , along with waving of white flags .
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My association with Sir Serafin goes back to 2017 , when he was Dysp Mapusa and I had just started the food bank fridge.
My 1st attempt to meet him officially was not what I expected off.
I was sent with a recommendation by a very senior official who is now an IAS officer but whose 1st name coincided with a top politician .
I was made to wait outside his office for an hour.
Possible he heard the wrong name .
Thank God I sat there quietly.
We got talking and I explained my views and ideas of rehabilitating the homeless.
He immediately liked the idea and said ” Go ahead I will help as much as possible “.
That day there was no Registered NGO .
He suggested to form an NGO which I accepted and we started Street Providence.
Many must be remembering Late Francis Lobo who in 2018 was lying on the streets of Mumbai asking to be taken to Goa .
Yes we picked him up and brought him to Goa, but the home work with Mumbai Police was done by Sir Serafin .
Many times I got into issues due to my temper and my impatience and attitude and many times I took the support of Sir Serafin to solve these issues .
An officer who understands hunger, poverty and homelessness.
I can't Imagine if that day in 2017 , he did not entertain my views and ideas of the homeless In Goa .
After his promotion to SP , & due to two years of Covid , we hardly met and there was no need to meet him , as by that time whatever systems had been created were followed and by now we had a good understanding with Goa Police regarding the homeless on the streets.
It was just 15 days ago I picked up info about his retirement although 2 month ago , Sir Serafin had introduced me to the Health Secretary for some issues in our NGO .
We at the NGO thought we should give him a farewell in a very unique manner as this was a unique officer.
Usually senior Police officers never give you their personal numbers, they will never entertain you after office hours , will never invite you over for a cup of tea , etc .
But this officer it was different. All the above points were just the opposite.
Sir Serafin Dias belong to a rare category of government officials who will go out of his way to help any one once he agrees to help and its within the law.
A tough officer to convince , an officer who will not belive views from the heart but will use the mind, an officer not to get emotional but to think beyond that, a simple yet far thinking officer is how I can sum up .
Many many Current Inspectors and Police personnel have high regard and appreciation for Sir Serafin and many told me ” you are fortunate to have a officer supporting your program of rehabilitating the homeless “.
Ultimately what one sows is what one reaps.
It also takes two to tango .
Special Thanks to our Operational Manager ,
Mr Sapnesh Salgaonkar for organizing this farewell where by 6 different buses were arranged from 6 different homes.
Putting a plan together with Pwds is not a joke.
Big thanks to our trustees , our staff and the volunteers who braved the heat and high humidity yesterday to take care of these people who stood patiently waiting to send a warm farewell to Mr Serafin Dias
God bless you all
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