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 Help us to reunite a homeless woman with  mental illness back to her family with dignity….!!!
Homelessness amongst persons with mental illness is a common sight in developing societies like ours where psychiatrist/population ratio is one for every million and poverty looms large over majority of the overall population. Vulnerability within this populace is two-fold in case of homeless women with mental illness whose number have always  been increasing. In 2005, Ashadeep initiated project ‘Navachetana’ for rehabilitation of Homeless women with Mental Illness. The prime objective of this project – ‘Navachetana’ is to provide care, treatment and rehabilitation measures to these women and to eventually re-integrate them with their families. Psychiatric, and other medical treatment as may be necessary for admitted women and care; Psychological and other social rehabilitation services are provided at the ‘Navachetana’ residential facilities by a team of qualified personnel including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and trained health care staff.
For the last 10 years, Ashadeep has been rescuing and providing rehabilitation services to an average of 65-70 such women each year. A total of 610 homeless women with mental illness have been provided intervention since Ashadeep started working with this marginalized group  and 565 of them have been reintegrated with their families spread across North Eastern states,Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan to Bangladesh and Nepal.
Ashadeep was initiated in the year 1996 , with the vision of achieving a life of better quality for persons with mental disorders and their families by initiating and strengthening mental health interventions in the Northeastern states of India. Ashadeep has always consistently strived to reach out to persons with mental disorder in all context and has been a major service provider in mental health interventions for one and all in the community.
 
 
Families are often at a loss of words when they are reunited with their loved ones whom they had lost due to the illness. Each family and each reintegration has a unique story to tell!


Our success story.......


Certain sights linger in our memories long after they have been witnessed. For many of us in Assam it was the graphic visual of that of a woman breast feeding a puppy which was unmindfully and repeatedly being telecasted on our TV screens. The woman on the screen seemed to be unperturbed by the swarm of people gathered around her. It was being reported that she had recently given birth to a girl child who was taken away by local people of the area where she had been wandering for many a months. A few days after this incident was captured by the media and the ensuing hue and cry on talk shows had subsided the woman was brought to Ashadeep by the Police (of Rowta Police Station).
  At the time of admission she was displaying symptoms like self muttering, self smiling, uncooperative, and hallucinatory behavior. After she was bought to Navachetana, she was given the anti-rabies injection and attended by a Gynecologist as she was having post delivery related issues. She was diagnosed as having Schizophrenia by the Psychiatrist. Soon thereafter her treatment begun and she was provided with psychosocial inputs. She was called as Munni  by fellow residents and staff members. 
After recovering substantially and spending nearly about 18 months at Ashadeep, Munni started recollecting names of few of the landmarks near her residence. Her home was traced to an interior village in Udalguri District (BTAD). On reaching her village it was found that that her mother had passed away a couple of months ago and she was survived by two elder brothers and a sister-in-law. She developed symptoms of mental illness when she was around 16 years old. She was under treatment and medication under the consultation of the LGBRIMH at Tezpur. During this period she eloped with a man from her village who had approached her family for her hand in marriage. Post marriage she discontinued her medication which led to a relapse of the illness. Few months later her brother found her sitting near the Tangla Market where he learnt that she was pregnant and has been wandering there on the streets. He brought her to home where she gave birth to a healthy boy child. Her husband contacted her family and took her back to his home along with the boy child. Her situation deteriorated in the absence of any treatment and few weeks later she wandered away from home and started living on the streets. It had been 8 years of wandering in the streets before she found her way to Navachetana and was able to regain her former healthy self. Presently she is leading a normal life with her brothers and continues to receive treatment at Ashadeep’s OPD every month.
Your Support Will……..
Ensure that these people do not remain edifices in the footpaths of the roads which you daily pass by. Otherwise neglected and looked at with disgust for no fault of their own, homeless persons with mental illness will get an opportunity to pursue a life of dignity and secure their basic rights of good health and well being. They will continue to receive interventions by a team of qualified personnel including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and trained residential health care staff at Ashadeep. With the ultimate goal of reuniting them back to their family.
Therefore, the  break up of the required budget is given below:
Expenditure  for 50 inmates at Navachetna-Rehabilitation Home for Homeless Mentally Ill Women for one- year. 
Head
Per month per woman
Yearly for 50 women
Food Expenses
1400
8,40,000
Medicine expenses(Anti-Psychotic drugs)
450
2,70,000
Medicine expenses(general)
100
60,000
Daily needs: Toileteries( sanitary napkin,soap, Shampoo and detergent), (daily wear clothes ,undergarments, bedsheet, towel)
250
1,50,000




Total amount
13,20,000/-



Salary for health support staff  for 5 workers @9000/- = 5,40,000
                            TOTAL AMOUNT                           18,60,000
 



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7th December 2020


21st August 2020
Dear Supporters,


Greetings from entire Ashadeep family!

We would like to express a heartfelt gratitude for showing your continuous support to our campaign. In last couple of months the women of Ashadeep’s Navachetana project has shown a tremendous amount of improvement in every way of life; and we at  Ashadeep has never stopped  in supporting these women to gain back their full potential .
 During this period a total of 23 women has been admitted to Navachetana taking  the total number of admission to 742 till August 2020. The sources of admission is a mixed bag- through police, other voluntary organisation, concerned denizens, etc. Similarly the total number of women being reintegrated back to their families is 704 till August 2020. These women have been taken back to places as far as Tamil Nadu, Jammu, Gujarat…and to  some of the most interior parts of North east .And to much of our relief almost all of them  were accepted by their families with warm hearts and open hand …!
The regular activities of Navachetana continues to focus on improving the daily living skills, social skills and vocational skills of these women residents  with constant support of  psychological interventions. Whenever the need arises the residents are also taken for medical intervention s like X-Rays, ultra sound and other pathological tests.
Recently arrays of activities were introduced under vocational activities like gardening , knitting , kitchen work and handicrafts. These activities are incentive based and has proved very beneficial to empower and motivate them.
                                                   
                                  Residents busy with their regular routine work.                                                              At the Gym Unit.



Keeping in mind the fitness and wellbeing of the residents a multi gym unit has been set up in the campus where all the residents can be seen doing their bit of physical exercises religiously. Regular yoga and meditation sessions and indoor and outdoor gamings are also a part of their regular routine.At Ashadeep we have gathered and experienced innumerable real instances of the fighting spirit and ‘a never give up’ attitude of these courageous women and we would be delighted to share one such story with our well wishes….
  • Mitanjali aged 17  is  one of the youngest resident of Ashadeep. She was diagnosed with  Intellectual Disability along with Schizophrenia. She had to undergo treatment for four years to reach a functional state and  was reintegrated with her family. Although she continued her medication and visited the OPD of Ashadeep regularly but there were hardly any support from her family. With frequent episodes of relapses ,  she was back in the streets of Guwahati. She was rescued by police and admitted to Ashadeep once again. After getting psychosocial intervention she recovered quickly. After her recovery she showed signs of significant improvement in the areas self-care, social and vocational skills. She expressed her willingness to become self –reliant so that she does not have to depend on her family. She was determined and very soon she was selected to work in a Packaging Unit named “Atma Nirbhar”. Meanwhile, her family was traced and finally she was reintegrated with her family. But this time  with a good amount of savings and a newly found identity she was more confident to face the  challenges of her life…!
Dear Supporters,


Greetings from entire Ashadeep family!

We would like to express a heartfelt gratitude for showing your continuous support to our campaign. In last couple of months the women of Ashadeep’s Navachetana project has shown a tremendous amount of improvement in every way of life; and we at  Ashadeep has never stopped  in supporting these women to gain back their full potential .
 During this period a total of 23 women has been admitted to Navachetana taking  the total number of admission to 742 till August 2020. The sources of admission is a mixed bag- through police, other voluntary organisation, concerned denizens, etc. Similarly the total number of women being reintegrated back to their families is 704 till August 2020. These women have been taken back to places as far as Tamil Nadu, Jammu, Gujarat…and to  some of the most interior parts of North east .And to much of our relief almost all of them  were accepted by their families with warm hearts and open hand …!
The regular activities of Navachetana continues to focus on improving the daily living skills, social skills and vocational skills of these women residents  with constant support of  psychological interventions. Whenever the need arises the residents are also taken for medical intervention s like X-Rays, ultra sound and other pathological tests.
Recently arrays of activities were introduced under vocational activities like gardening , knitting , kitchen work and handicrafts. These activities are incentive based and has proved very beneficial to empower and motivate them.
                                                   
                                  Residents busy with their regular routine work.                                                              At the Gym Unit.



Keeping in mind the fitness and wellbeing of the residents a multi gym unit has been set up in the campus where all the residents can be seen doing their bit of physical exercises religiously. Regular yoga and meditation sessions and indoor and outdoor gamings are also a part of their regular routine.At Ashadeep we have gathered and experienced innumerable real instances of the fighting spirit and ‘a never give up’ attitude of these courageous women and we would be delighted to share one such story with our well wishes….
  • Mitanjali aged 17  is  one of the youngest resident of Ashadeep. She was diagnosed with  Intellectual Disability along with Schizophrenia. She had to undergo treatment for four years to reach a functional state and  was reintegrated with her family. Although she continued her medication and visited the OPD of Ashadeep regularly but there were hardly any support from her family. With frequent episodes of relapses ,  she was back in the streets of Guwahati. She was rescued by police and admitted to Ashadeep once again. After getting psychosocial intervention she recovered quickly. After her recovery she showed signs of significant improvement in the areas self-care, social and vocational skills. She expressed her willingness to become self –reliant so that she does not have to depend on her family. She was determined and very soon she was selected to work in a Packaging Unit named “Atma Nirbhar”. Meanwhile, her family was traced and finally she was reintegrated with her family. But this time  with a good amount of savings and a newly found identity she was more confident to face the  challenges of her life…!
25th September 2018
Dear Supporters,

I am delighted with the love and support given to our campaign.

I am glad to inform you that we were able to find homes of 90% of people. The remaining residents who have completed at least one year in the Transit facilities have reduced positive symptoms related to their illness and better functional level, are being shifted to independent shared homes. Usually five women reside in these homes, and they live a life like anyone of us. Most of the residents of these shared homes are earning a livelihood through varied engagements. Few of them are employed with a packaging industry in Guwahati, two in a Private School, a few in Ashadeep’s Day Rehabilitation centre , another two in The Transit facility for women at Bamunigaon. The women do spend more of their earnings on cosmetics in addition to contributing to running their homes.

Over the time, it has been noticed that there is a  tremendous change in the functional level of most of the residents.
The major outcomes observed in these few months are
  • Residents’ interpersonal and social skills has developed and increased the level of functionality for example communication and work.
  • They developed a good bonding among themselves (sister’s relation) and also started visiting neighbors and maintain a good relation with the community people.
  • Their psychological health and the quality of life is much better than before.
  • They take part in household work and a few of them started cooking in the respective homes.
  • A few residents who never go out of the campus has started working outside.
  • Some residents are employed internally and has started earning.
Milestones achieved:
  • 8 residents have their own  bank accounts and pan cards
  • 8 residents are employed, out of which 3 residents job will become permanent and will be eligible for financial security in the form of PF.
  • Within a short span of time our Home Again project has shown a positive trend. However   support is required to set new homes to cater to new residents and also to bear the recurring expenses of the existing homes.                                                   
Thank you for the immense love and support. Please continue to share the campaign. We will keep you posted.

Below are a few pictures:




Regards,
Anjana
Dear Supporters,

I am delighted with the love and support given to our campaign.

I am glad to inform you that we were able to find homes of 90% of people. The remaining residents who have completed at least one year in the Transit facilities have reduced positive symptoms related to their illness and better functional level, are being shifted to independent shared homes. Usually five women reside in these homes, and they live a life like anyone of us. Most of the residents of these shared homes are earning a livelihood through varied engagements. Few of them are employed with a packaging industry in Guwahati, two in a Private School, a few in Ashadeep’s Day Rehabilitation centre , another two in The Transit facility for women at Bamunigaon. The women do spend more of their earnings on cosmetics in addition to contributing to running their homes.

Over the time, it has been noticed that there is a  tremendous change in the functional level of most of the residents.
The major outcomes observed in these few months are
  • Residents’ interpersonal and social skills has developed and increased the level of functionality for example communication and work.
  • They developed a good bonding among themselves (sister’s relation) and also started visiting neighbors and maintain a good relation with the community people.
  • Their psychological health and the quality of life is much better than before.
  • They take part in household work and a few of them started cooking in the respective homes.
  • A few residents who never go out of the campus has started working outside.
  • Some residents are employed internally and has started earning.
Milestones achieved:
  • 8 residents have their own  bank accounts and pan cards
  • 8 residents are employed, out of which 3 residents job will become permanent and will be eligible for financial security in the form of PF.
  • Within a short span of time our Home Again project has shown a positive trend. However   support is required to set new homes to cater to new residents and also to bear the recurring expenses of the existing homes.                                                   
Thank you for the immense love and support. Please continue to share the campaign. We will keep you posted.

Below are a few pictures:




Regards,
Anjana
Rs.200,800 raised

Goal: Rs.1,860,000

Beneficiary: 50 women reside... info_outline
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