​A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 

This article is for you, if you are interested in involving yourself in some humanitarian effort or simply want to know more about how to assist fellow human beings.

The Bible has innumerable verses about helping the poor and the needy.  Inspired by the Holy Book, people across the world, have come together in organized groups to help provide for the needy, homeless, hungry and others in need of assistance. 

Closer home, Mother Teresa helped change the lives for people in Kolkata on a large scale. She worked amongst the poorest of the poor and established the Missionaries of Charity to provide food, medical care and other necessities for those in need.

Taking a cue from the various charity organizations,  I was enthused in starting a FOOD BANK for the poor.  It all started when I  witnessed a number of homes going without food, clothing, shelter etc. Hunger and deprivation loomed large over families because of illness, joblessness, alcoholism or death of the bread winner. 

In Goa there are hundreds of families who are in dire need of daily necessities and the reality of the situation dawned on me when I visited their homes and talked to them.

Someone rightly said “The world’s hunger is getting ridiculous, There is more fruit in the rich man’s shampoo than in a poor man’s plate.” Yes, in Goa  there is an immense amount of surplus food from parties, weddings and homes that is discarded daily.

I got in touch with some Hotels in my village Sangolda and adjoining Calangute. Their response to my plea to help feed the poor was overwhelming.  Till date with the help of volunteers  I am able to feed 250 people everyday, thanks to their generosity.

However, much more food needs to be collected and many more people need to be fed in other villages of Goa.  Infrastructure  like freezer vans with drivers are available with me to collect food from all over Goa and store it up in my community kitchens. An overwhelming response from volunteers across the state encourages me, but this  mission is growing and I need more volunteers in other villages of Goa. 

All I ask of you is to devote two hours in a day/days as per your convenience to help identify needy families/institutions in your village and help in distributing food/clothes etc. There are no expenses involved for the volunteer and I do not accept any money because I believe my God will supply all our needs!!!!!

Society has taught us to look down on those with less. Lets look up instead, and try to make a better world together for them to live with dignity.
If your heart beats for the poor and the needy please do contact me

On  my mobile No. 8380097565. Volunteers are requested to contact me on Whatsapp and I will certainly respond.
I shall be grateful if this message is circulated among all your groups.
May GOD bless you all.

Donald Fernandes.


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