24.10.2022. 10 am IST 
GOVERNMENT OF GOA, through Social Welfare Department Panjim , gifts the homeless street people in our home a Diwali Gift. 
Deepavali is a festival of lights that symbolize the inner light that protects us from  spiritual darkness. 
It also symbolizes  the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. 
This Diwali spells joy for our Physically Disabled men and women in our 8  Free Shelter Homes across Goa , 90 % are homeless. 
The reason being that our Physiotherapy Centre in  Cavelossim has received a Grant of Rs2,50,000/- ( Rs Two lakhs, fifty thousand only) from Directorate of Social Welfare for the purchase of Physiotherapy Equipment. 
( 1st installment ) which was credited on Friday and its the 1st installment. 
Being poor is like a rock that is hard to bear, but being poor, homeless & person with disabilites is a huge pain / misery  that robs one of even small joys of life. 
Many of the men and women in our Shelter Homes are physically challenged. They are unable to walk and care for themselves. 
Caregivers spend a lot of time  and effort daily helping them with their daily chores. 
Physiotherapy sessions are the need of the hour to get them up and about, walking and able to look after themselves 
The onus is on the government of the day to provide equal opportunity to all and create a level playing field. 
We are extremely grateful to the Directorate of Social Welfare, Panaji, for understanding the need of the hour and providing financial help through this Grant to assist us in setting up this Physiotherapy Clinic in Sangolda. 
Two more Physiotherapy clinics are planned soon at Cavelossim & Quepem. 
These upcoming two  Physiotherapy Clinics will serve the homeless and physically disabled men & women in our Shelter Homes in Cavelossim and Quepem. 
In addition, impoverished persons in and around the vicinity of all the 3 Physiotherapy Clinic can avail of these services free of cost. 
We thank the Directorate of Social Welfare and its entire staff for spreading the spirit of positivity and giving new hope to the homeless. 
Wishing each and everyone reading this post – our Partners, Benefactors, Volunteers, Well wishers –  A Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. 
This wish comes from the hearts of all homeless, rescued street persons who have benefitted from your kind and generous thoughts and actions. 
You may never meet them . 
They may never have a chance to thank you personally. 
But know that the God that lives in their hearts has seen your kindness and will repay you many times over. 
Lastly , I would like to thank everyone who has shown love, care and support to the homeless Street persons. You have helped sustain their lives! 
This Grant from Social Welfare Department was possible due to many many individuals who are high ranking government officials who helped me navigate through the Social Welfare Department Panjim. 
Getting a grant from any Government Department especially Social Welfare is not an easy task . 
A big thanks to Social Welfare Minister of Goa Mr Subhash Phal Dessai ( who understands homeless and disability) for Innaugrating our clinic and putting in a good word towards the grant, 
Also I would like to thank the 
Asst Director of Social Welfare, Mrs Pradnya Dessai Marathe . 
♡♡♡ Dev Borem Korunk! 
Once again A Very Happy Deepawali . 
God bless you all
Donald Fernandes 
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