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House of Onions provides stable housing to HIV/AIDS orphans with access to food, antiretroviral medications, and education, so these precious children can grow up to be healthy and contributing members of society.

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Greetings and prayerful wishes to you and your families in the Blessed Name of the Infant Jesus and his and our Holy Mother Mary. It is an honor and privilege to present to you "The House of Onions" center for HIV/AIDS infected and orphaned children. I am Father Yeruva Lourdu Marreddy, Sr, an ordained Priest in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, South India for over 25 years. I have spent 8 years as a Parish Priest, 5 years at both teaching and administration in our Diocesan College and 2 years as Secretary to the Bishop of Guntur. Most recently, I was assigned to the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico (USA) and spent 3 years as Pastor in the Diocese of Tortuna, (Province of Pavia), Italy. I have returned home and am currently Pastor in my original Diocese. My mission, and the mission of House of Onions, is to provide care and the necessities of life to orphans and children with HIV/AIDS. We will care for them and provide them with as near normal a life as possible.

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The naming of The House of Onions

Where to begin? Several years ago, while celebrating Mass in my home Diocese, a woman brought a bowl of onions up during the offertory. Following Mass, she approached me, very broken, and explained that this small offering was for her son. "Father", she said, "onions bring out the flavor in all food preparation. You, too, bring out the best in your Parish by blessing us with the Holy Mass and Communion. I am hoping you can provide some comfort for my son in the future, as my doctor has told me I will soon be dead from the HIV/AIDS virus. My husband has already passed away and my son will certainly die from this disease before many years go by."

She passed away within four months, leaving her son to my care. With the help of the Sisters in the Church, we were able to care for him until he, also, passed away at the age of six. However, this sad story gave birth to an idea that I am now pursuing - a home for children caught up in a terrifying nightmare with no one to care for them. With personal savings, I have purchased land in my home province and am now looking to build a home to shelter and provide for at least thirty such orphaned children. With your assistance and God's Grace, this can be done!

Projected Goals: House of Onions

Initial Estimated Costs: Construction $150,000

New Home to Include:

  • Compound wall
  • Common Hall for sleeping and recreation
  • Bathrooms and toilets
  • Dining Hall
  • Kitchen and pantry
  • Chapel and prayer room
  • Doctor/Nurse station
  • Director's office

Ongoing Estimated Expenses:

  • Monthly cost per child: $100
  • Includes:
    • Three meals per day plus afternoon snack
    • Medicines required
    • All utilities

Salaries for:

  • Resident Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Visiting doctor
  • Driver
  • Director
  • Maintenance

THE PEOPLE

Members of the Board

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Carl Dye, President

Born into a military family, Carl spent a great deal of his youth traveling the world. Having gone to 13 different schools between the 1 st and 12 th grades, culminating with graduation from Paris American High School in the suburbs of Paris, France, it only seemed right that he follow in his father’s footsteps.

This led to the United States Military Academy, where he was commissioned 2nd Lt, Infantry in June 1964. This was followed by Airborne/Ranger training, two combat tours in Vietnam and graduation from the Officers’ Career Course. However, due to family matters, a change in careers became necessary and Carl spent the next 30 years climbing the corporate ladder in the insurance industry.

Upon retiring from corporate America, Carl and his family moved to Concho, AZ, a lifelong desire from younger days. His close ties with the Catholic Church include being a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, Eucharistic Minister and Lecturer and a firm believer in the Project Father YL Marreddy is pursuing.

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Edward James "Jimmy" Gaidry, Vice-President

Honorable (ret.) Edward J. Gaidry – A lifelong resident of the Parish of Terrebonne, Louisiana, Judge Gaidry has spent the majority of his stellar legal career in public service. After graduating from Louisiana State University Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1967, Judge Gaidry began a general law practice with a concentration in Contracts and Leases. He has served as City Attorney for the City of Houma, Louisiana and First Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Terrebonne and Judge Ad Hoc for the City Court of Houma.

In 1984, he was elected to the bench of the 32nd Judicial District Court, where he served with distinction for 18 years, with a reputation for impartiality and fairness, treating attorneys and litigants alike with respect and dignity. He was single-handedly responsible for streamlining the handling of cases in Division A of the 32nd Judicial District Court, never once taking a matter under advisement, but always ruling from the bench at the close of evidence.

From 1995 to 2001 he served as an Associate Professor for Tulane University Law School, instructing students in Trial Advocacy. In 2001, he was elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana, where he again served with distinction until his retirement in 2012. He currently serves at the pleasure of the Louisiana Supreme Court, sitting by appointment either ad hoc or pro tempore throughout Louisiana. He also practices law with his son, Edward J. Gaidry, Jr., specializing in Estate Planning and Successions.

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Criss Candelaria, Secretary

Criss attended Arizona State Law School and graduated in 1985. He has a family of five, Tracy (his wife), Kimberly, Ian (a United States Marine), Marissa, and a granddaughter of 7. Criss grew up in Springerville and has lived in Arizona his entire life, serving as a lawyer for over 25 years. Criss has had thousands of felony cases and nearly 100 felony jury trials.

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Andy Wilhelm, Member

Andy was born and raised in Springerville, AZ and is descended from four generations of Arizona pioneer families. Andy has over 25 years of experience in Business, Facilities, and Project Management in the White Mountains of Arizona.

Andy also has experience and training as an elected School Governing Board member and serving on the Board of Directors of other non-profits and with the local Lions Club.

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David Knox, Member

David Knox has been a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since 2011. David began his career as a CPA for the international accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He then spent over 12 years in the banking industry with JP Morgan Chase in various accounting and finance positions, including, Controller of a state holding company, CFO for a national line of business and as a corporate bond trustee. He practiced locally as a CPA for several years before joining Edward Jones.

David serves on the board of the White Mountain Business Owners Round Table and on the board of the Summit Healthcare Foundation. He was raised in Ohio, but moved to the White Mountains in 2003 to be close to the family of his wife Kimberly, a Show Low native. David and Kimberly have three children and they enjoy their horses, camping, hunting and fishing.

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Dr. Ramesh K. Vemulapalli, Member

Dr. Vemulapalli was born in Hyderabad, India. He graduated with an M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree in 1990 from Gandhi Medical College. In 1992 he enrolled in a graduate program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL obtaining a Masters in Biological Sciences degree in 1995. After completing his Internal Medicine residency training at UPMC-McKeesport Hospital, PA (1995-1998) he attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, completing his fellowship in Infectious Diseases in 2000.

Dr. Vemulapalli is board certified in Infectious Diseases and has been in private practice in Dover since 2000. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and American College of Physicians. Dr. Vemulapalli serves as vice chairman of the Infection Control Department at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE.

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Father Yeruva Marreddy, Pastor

Father Yeruva Lourdu Marreddy, Sr, is an ordained Priest in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, South India for over 25 years. He has spent 8 years as a Parish Priest, 5 years an both teaching and administration in our Diocesan College and 2 years as Secretary to the Bishop of Guntur. Most recently, he was assigned to the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico (USA) and spent 3 years as Pastor in the Diocese of Tortuna, (Province of Pavia), Italy. He has returned home and is currently Pastor in his original Diocese.

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Father Manti Mariadas, Pastor

I was born into a very poor family in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh State in South India. When in the eighth grade, my father fell sick and my mother had to support our small family for over a year. It was about this time that Father YL came into my life. As our Parish Priest, he paid a visit to our home and, seeing the state of our lives, stepped in and saw to my education even though I was from a substation in our society. By God's grace I agreed to accept Father's offer and moved into a hostel in the ninth grade and by mid-year, my father expired.

In my tenth year, the option to either continue my studies or join the Seminary was offered and I chose to follow in Father YL's footsteps. It was in the Seminary that my mother took sick and passed quickly, leaving me alone in what appeared to a newly orphaned young man a terribly cruel world. I continued my Seminary life and with Father's encouragement and God's love was ordained a Priest in 2012. After serving time as an Assistant in two Parishes, I am now the Pastor in one of our newer and smaller Parishes. I am excited about assisting Father YL in the creation of this wonderful home for so many disadvantaged children.

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HC30 Box 757
Concho, Arizona
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Carl Dye: carlz00l@houseofonions.org

Criss Candelaria: crissz00l@houseofonions.org

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