Two teachers from Kerala have suddenly come into the limelight. In fact, he has built 150 houses for many homeless people within 5 years. Six years ago, Sister Lissie Chakkalkal, principal of Our Ladies Convent Girls’ School in Thoppumpadi, Kochi, learned that her Class 8 student was homeless. The student had lost her father and the family had no home. Chakkalakkal then took the initiative to build a house for the girl’s family along with Lily Paul, the teacher of the same school. He raised funds from school teachers, students, neighbors and others. The girl’s family finally had a 600 square feet house ready.
After this he came to know that many students of the school were living in pathetic condition. Then both of them took an initiative and started raising various funds. Several institutions and business firms came together for support. Even the labors engaged in the construction contributed on their behalf. Soon, both the teachers decided to start the house challenging project during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the school held in the year 2014. He has built 150 houses for the homeless in a span of six years.
The cost of houses ranges from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 10 lakh. The houses are handed over to the needy after tiling and ensuring a good design. With this initiative, about 80 students of the school reached home. Priority was given to homeless families with women, children, widows and sick members. Help was also offered to those who were finding it difficult to arrange money despite support from the government.
Sister Lissie Chakkalakkal told ANI, “We started our House Challenge project to provide houses to our students, who were living without basic amenities. Our dream is to make our society ‘homeless free’. We have built 150 houses till now. Apart from this, people also started donating land to build houses. Initially, we were building houses for families who have land. Now, there are people who build houses. Donating land for