• Navkshitij - Home for Mentally Challenged Friends
    • Navkshitij - Clean green home for special friends
    • Navkshitij - Where special friends feel fit and happy
    • Navkshitij - We offer stress free living to special friends
  • Navkshitij was established to improve the well-being of mentally challenged adults – 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 children. Dr. Neelima Desai and the organisers discussed the need to set up a center for mentally challenged persons. 

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Gudi Padwa at Navkshitij
Gudi Padwa at Navkshitij

Our Friends celebrated Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year, as per the lunar calendar, on April 8. It marks the first day of Chaitra month, the first month in the calendar. It also marks the beginning of spring or Vasant Ritu.

Celebrating Holi with volunteers from Emcure and Ecoexist
Celebrating Holi with volunteers from Emcure and Ecoexist

Holi, the spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love, was celebrated in Navkshitij with volunteers from Emcure Pharmaceuticals Limited and ECoexist on March 24. 

Trekking to Tadiandamol in the Coorg-Madikeri
Trekking to Tadiandamol in the Coorg-Madikeri

In February, we had an enriching experience trekking to Tadiandamol in the Coorg-Madikeri region. Tadiandamol, located at a height of 5,724 feet, is the second highest peak in Karnataka. We were trekking in South India for the first time.

Our trek cum sightseeing holiday was from February 14 to 21.


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.