🕓 February 6, 2004
Kuwait, Feb 6: Kanajar Welfare Association (KWA) also known as Lourdes Zamath
Kanajar is an association of Kanajarians living in India as well as in foreign Countries,
predominantly from the Gulf region. Since inception in March 2000, KWA has taken a lead role
in the developmental projects in the Parish of Kanajar.
KWAK was the first Zamath of Kanajarians outside Kanajar formed in March 2000, which has since achieved tremendous growth in both size and economy. Having played a key role in the establishment of Parish's maiden project, Lourdes Hospital, KWAK continues to explore new areas of development towards achieving self-sufficiency for the future generation. KWAK has undertaken several humanitarian causes for the Parish such as contribution towards refurbishment of Church Courtyard, Financial assistance to poor ailing heart patients towards medical expenses and sponsorship of midday meals scheme in the Lourdes Hr. Pry School.
KWAK held its Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) at the residence of KWA International Convenor
Lawrence Saldanha primarily to elect a new Management Committee for the 2-year term 2004-2005 and
to decide on upcoming programs to be organized by the Zamath. In view of energizing the organization,
the General Body unanimously decided in favor of Melwin Mascarenhas, a young, talented and dynamic
Engineer to lead the organization for the next 2 years. Following is the newly elected committee:
Executive Committee 2004-2005:
Melwin Mascarenhas (President)
Jecintha Pinto (Vice-President)
Roshan Marcel D'Souza (General Secretary)
Dennis D'Souza (Treasurer)
Robert D'Souza (Cultural Secretary)
Anil Britto (Cultural Secretary)
Ivan Menezes (Auditor)
Charles D'Souza (Public Relations Officer)
Management Committee 2004-2005:
Lawrence D'Souza (Outgoing President), Rose Mendonca, Inas Menezes, Benedict Saldanha, John D'Sa, Peter D'Souza, Wilfred Quadros, Anthony Lobo, Robert Menezes, Henry Britto, Joachim Rebello, Alex Mendonca, Steeven D'Souza & Elveera Andrade.
In recognition of the contribution and dedication, one of the senior members of KWAK, Mr. Daniel D'Souza has been honored with the title of Director of the organization.
Outgoing President Lawrence D'Souza praised his team for their valuable contribution during his term, which saw the organization growing from strength to strength while the new President thanked members for electing him and assured his heart and soul for the institution to ensure the desired pace of progress. Presiding over the meeting, KWA Convener, Lawrence Saldanha paid rich tributes to the selfless service of the outgoing President and his team and wished every success to the new President and the new Committee.
The General Body also decided to organize following events during 2004:
April 23, 2004 "Outdoor Family Get-together" open to members' families and friends
September 19, 2004 Monthi Fest for members families only
December 3, 2004 Grand Vodlem Fest celebrations open to all
The meeting concluded with the prayer and delicious but simple Mangalorean style Fish Curry Rice and Vegetables.