Augustine Castelino elected President of KWAM

🕓 December 1, 2002

Mumbai, Dec 1: As announced earlier, the 5th unit of Kanajar Welfare Association was formed in Mumbai on Sunday, the 1st of December 2002. Responding to the call given by organizers, around 25 enthusiastic Kanajarians gathered at Kanajar's historic Lourdes Club premises at 75, Ghogha Street, Fort Mumbai. Commencing with the prayer, senior Kanajarian Mr. Augustine Castelino, along with other members and KWA Convenor Mr. Lawrence Saldanha, lit the lamp to mark the inauguration of KWAM. Later addressing the gathering, Mr. Saldanha apprised members of the background, motto and vision of the Organization with an emphasis on the need of collective efforts in the community development. In his typical emotion-filled words to fellow Kanajarians, he expressed the concern that due to lack of infrastructure and public awareness, a majority of young girls and boys from Kanajar, dropping out from Schools at early age, end up in the kitchens of Mumbai and Gulf. He appealed to the crowd to come forward and join hands with rest of KWA teams in building a prospective and progressive Kanajar. Chief Guest Mr. Augustine Castelino, impressed with the work undertaken by Kanajarians, promised full support from KWAM. The meeting concluded after serving breakfast to all members.

As decided on the inaugural meeting, about 50 Kanajarians gathered at the roof top of Balaji Darshan in Amboli (Andheri West) to celebrate the Parish Feast (Vodlem Fest) of Kanajar. The program started with the prayer followed by a welcome song by young children and a warm welcome speech by one of the Convening committee members Mr. Jerome Saldanha. Members then individually introduced themselves to the crowd, only to realize the importance of knowing each other as members of the same Parish back home of origin. On his way back from Kanajar, KWA Convenor Mr. Lawrence Saldanha was once again the main speaker, but this time with an update of activities taking place in Kanajar with regard to Lourdes Healthcare Hospital and other developmental projects. A game for children was conducted to make young kids happy. The occasion also marked the election of first Management Committee of KWAM for the next 2 calendar years and following committee was unanimously proposed and seconded:

Executive & Management Committee:
Mr. Augustine Castelino, Gulf retired Ex-Cimel Company Abudhabi - President
Mr. Victor Saldanha, currently employed by L&T Mumbai - Vice-President
Mr. Jerome Saldanha, Development Officer LIC - General Secretary
Ms. Josephine Barboza - Joint Secretary
Mr. Nelson D'Souza, Corporation Bank Mumbai - General Treasurer
Mr. Francis D'Costa - Personal Relations Officer
Mr. Marian Saldanha - Cultural Secretary

Additional Management Committee Members:
Ms. Juliana Fernandes
Mr. Michael Castelino
Mr. Lawrence D'Souza (representative from Lourdes Club)
Ms. Philomena Fernandes
Mr. Basil D'Souza

Vice-President proposed vote of thanks, which followed a mouth-watering dinner. It was decided to convene the next meeting on 23rd February 2003 at the Lourdes Club.

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