|A scene at the handing over of the houses|
Jesuits have recently provided 127 flood-affected families with new homes in Karnataka’s Raichur district.
Many poor families from various religious backgrounds lost their homes in October 2009 when flood waters struck washing away thousands of houses.
The Jesuits say they have been working since then to help rehouse the flood victims, especially the poorest.
“We are handing over 127 houses in Manvi and Sindanoor sub-district,” said Father Eric Mathias, the director of the Centre for Non Formal and Continuing Education, a Jesuit-run NGO.
Each home cost 150,000 rupees (US $3,000).
Jesuit houses across Karnataka state bore 90 percent of the cost, while the remaining funds came by way of donations, the priest said.
“Special consideration was given to devadasis [temple prostitutes] and dalit families,” said Fr Mathias.
“We have been given a lovely house with a bedroom, hall and kitchen. This is a great gift to all of us who had no shelter, said Arogyappa, one of the beneficiaries.
Hampayya Nayak, a local legislator praised the Jesuits for their efforts during the handing over ceremony on Monday.
“I appreciate the Jesuits’ commitment to the cause of the poor. They have shown people through their work where God is really found.”
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