In his childhood, Dr. Bhardwaj was moved by the death of an 85-year-old man named Chiranjee Baba in his native Sahroi village of Aligarh UP. Chiranjee Baba had never married and lived alone in the village. He grazed everyone's cattle, and in return was fed and clothed. When he fell and injured himseslf, no one came to help him. Eventually, in a month, his wounds festered and he died. “It's not that nobody wanted to help him. Everyone did. But they held back from taking responsibility, afraid it would fall on their plates. People will help, if someone takes responsibility and shows the others how they can help,” says Bharadwaj. Too young at the time, he remembers wanting to help, but being wary of Chiranji Baba's sickness. This unease slowly changed into a determination to help the sick and to be able to act and save lives.
Dr. Madhuri was in class 9 when she became friends with Bharadwaj. They travelled from their villages every day to Aligarh. She went to her school, while he went to college. In the bus, they discussed a topic unusual for two teenagers from two small villages in Uttar Pradesh. They talked about their shared dream – a meaningful life, dedicated to helping those in need. They planned to be partners in this venture.
Eight years later, they were married and ready to work on their dream. They both became doctors and would bring the abandoned sick people from the streets into their homes. They went a step further, and announced to their shocked families that they would not have children so that they can take care of hundreds of other children.
Today, Apna Ghar takes in any one who needs medical help, be it a child, an adult or even animal. Those that are sick and seem to be without any succour on the streets are referred to Apna Ghar. “Everybody who comes here is Prabhuji (God), because they are here to teach us how to be good people,” says Madhuri.
"In the span of last five years we have admitted 103 women who were pregnant at the time of their admission into Apna Ghar. Several of them were mentally challenged, couldn’t speak or hear, and usually begged on streets. Some of them were raped and had been abandoned by their families” said Dr. Bhardwaj. Currently there are 86 children at Apna Ghar who were born to these abandoned or helpless women rescued from the streets.