It's an emotional and proud moment for all of us in Destination as we celebrate our 15th Foundation Day today. (June 1).
As we decided to limit our celebrations just within the team Destination due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the sense of negativity worldwide, it makes us a bit emotional as we look back into our 15-year-long journey.
It was on June 1, 2020, our founder Rupa Hazarika made up her mind to do something for those suffering from mental health issues, particularly the women and children and address the stigma attached, which was very strong in our society then. It was definitely a big challenge but it became possible with the help of her brother, Anjal Das, and husband late Shantanu Hazarika, who not only provided all the courage and motivation but also helped in all that was required to make Destination a reality.
The last 15 years have been a roller-coaster ride but it gives us immense satisfaction and happiness when we look at the children and those suffering from mental health issues and are seen smiling in Destination's care home at Kahilipara, Guwahati. Since our inception, we have not only provided care to more than 450 people--men, women, or children suffering from mental health issues but also offered them space and helping hands in whatever way it was possible.
Dear friends, as most of you are aware that mental health is one of the major health concerns across the world, lack of awareness continues to leave those facing mental health issues stigmatized even in Assam and in our surroundings.
According to an estimate by the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental illness makes about 15% of the total ailments around the world even today. India has one of the largest populations with mental health issues.
The suffering of these people around us makes us more strong and resolvent and today on our 15th Foundation Day, Destination promises to work more and be more committed when it comes to taking care of people suffering from mental health issues and try as hard as possible to make them and their family members smile.
The credit goes to all of you--staffs in Destination, our donors, well-wishers, the social welfare department (Assam), doctors, nurses and all who helped us in our efforts to make a change to the society and all who have stood with us and supported us in our journey.
On this special day let us all try to be more committed and move ahead together to realize our dream of making Assam free from the stigma attached to mental health issues and convince the society at large that mental health is curable with a little care, treatment, and patience.
As we look ahead to the future, our effort now is to build a permanent home-cum-rehabilitation center for persons and children with intellectual disability and mental health conditions at Sonapur near Guwahati, Assam. So we would like to take this special occasion to appeal to everyone to support us and help us overcome the hurdles--from funds to other resources and be part of our dream.
For all those, who want to support us can do so by donating to Destination fund online.
Destination, an NGO working for mentally unwell persons and children