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 friends.
Navkshitij was established on November 27, 2003, the day of the walkathon. Initially, we set up a day care centre. In June 2007, became a residential home facilitywith separate hostel units for men and women. Navkshitij also runs an Early Intervention Programme and a Day School and Day Workshop. We have also started separate Day Workshop unit for autistic friends. Through rehabilitating MCF, we rehabilitate families.
Currently we have a total of 52 mentally challenged adult friends living with us for life in Marunji campus and 9 mentally challenged friends at our second unit, Asawali on Pune Satara National Highway, near Shirwal.26 special friends are taking benefit of Day School, Day Workshop and Autistic centre.
For the betterment of Mentally Challenged Friends, we have the dedicated and committed team of 46 staff members. We acquired a dilapidated dwelling from the Irrigation department at Marunji on lease and made it habitable within ten weeks.