On May 13, 2014, Fr Valmiki laid a foundation stone for a new Old Age Home at Guirdolim-Chandor on a sprawling 2,500 sq mts property. The work is on in full swing despite his shortage of funding.
“The idea is to provide a home for these kids, a place to retire in as a lot of my students are getting old and are above 45 years of age. Also the ones I am training at Daddy’s Home can find some employment in housekeeping, cooking, baking, reading newspapers to the old and helping the old,” explains the stylish and happy priest as he readies to spend his dinner time with the inhouse kids.
While the inhouse kids clear the dishes and Fr Valmiki prepares to tell them some stories, he points out that he has a plan to have a downstairs at the old age home for the current inmates as they age while the upstairs is for people who want to check-in at old age.
“We’re building a chapel with the upstairs to roll in wheelchairs directly as I plan to say daily mass there and large corridors for wheelchairs, an inhouse infirmary with doctors from Salcete who can volunteer, a kiosk which my Daddy’s Home kids can run and I can take them in shifts to manage housekeeping. Not only an employment opportunity but also teaching them to earn their own money and save,” explains Fr Valmiki as he takes us through the plans of the ongoing construction of the Old Age Home.
While Fr Valmiki’s dream of a fully functional old age home with all these facilities needs over Rs 7 crore, a budget that he doesn’t have as of now, he firmly believes that Jesus will provide for him as long as he serves society and his service can be seen in the joy, obedience, love and friendship of these children who brave their disabilities to perform better than any normal human being.