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, Navkshitij became a residential facility.Currently we have a total of 50 mentally challenged friends living with us for life in Marunji campus along with 44 Staff members. We acquired a dilapidated dwelling from the Irrigation department on lease and made it habitable within ten weeks.