• Navkshitij - Home for Mentally Challenged Friends
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  • Navkshitij was established to improve the well-being of mentally challenged friends – we take them under our wing, organize activities, teach them life skills and vocational skills, encourage them to become as independent as possible, and nurture them in a compassionate environment.

    The idea of Navkshitij took shape while planning and organizing a walkathon from Pune to Lonavla, for mentally challenged friends. Dr. Neelima Desai and the organisers discussed the need to set up a center for mentally challenged persons. 

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Tree Plantation Drive
Tree Plantation Drive

On July 1, our Friends participated in a Tree Plantation Drive organized by Sustainability Initiatives, FSAI and Special Partner Navkshitij, in association with the Forest Department, Pune. 

It was an indelible moment for us when our Friends were felicitated by Honorable Cabinet Minister for Food & Drug Administration, Maharashtra State and Guardian Minister of Pune District.


Trek to Bahadurgad
Trek to Bahadurgad

On June 30, we went on a trek to Bahadurgad, on the bank of the River Bhima, in Pedgaon near Daund, Pune, for the monthly trek. The place is known by several names such as Bhadhurgad, Pedgaon cha killa and Dharmaveer gad. We were visiting the place for the first time.

Our Friends visited the temples built in the 14th century by the ancestors of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 

After reaching the fort, we enjoyed s tasty lunch prepared by the local villagers. 


Orientation program on snakes
Orientation program on snakes

On June 29, an orientation program on snakes was organized at Navkshitij, Marunji, by a group of volunteers from the Wild Animals and Snakes Protection Society, Marunji. 

The programme began with a warm welcome by our Friends and staff members, in the presence of Navkshitij Trustee Mrs. Vasudha Divekar. Then Mr. Ganesh Bhumkar presented an informative slide show on snakes.


At Navkshitij, we make chocolates, floaters and candles, handmade paper bags (4 sizes), greeting cards, diyas, jewellery including bracelet, ear rings, string of beads etc. and paper lanterns.