Voice of Navkshitij: April 2017
From The President’s Desk
Three cheers to Manali, Poornima, Manasi, and their families
ALL our Friends look forward to the two-week summer break. Most of special friends have a home to go to. Some are not so lucky but my colleagues take good care of them. For the vacations, our Friends have their plans ready even before consulting their parents. Theyplan visits to uncles and aunts, movies, and other fun activities. They tease each other claiming that the holidays have been cancelled or that someone would be left alone at Navkshitij while all the others go home. The camaraderie is typically like between siblings and friends. I am used to playing referee to such situations and handling these complaints during the weekly meetings before the vacations.
This time, however, I was in for a surprise. During the weekly meeting before the summer holidays, Friend Manali told me that Friend Neha would be accompanying her. Not quite comprehending, I asked to explain in detail. Manali explained that when she goes home with her sister Poornima, who also lives at Navkshitij, Friend Neha would also go with them, stay with them for a week and go over to Friend Manasi’s house for the second week of the holidays. At the end of the vacation, the four of them would come back together from Mumbai. The girls sounded so excited. I was so touched. I appreciated their parents’ large heartedness and shared the news at the Parents’ Meeting on the eve of the summer break, where all the other parents also appreciated the “sharing”. It is very important to Neha who lost her parents when she was a child. Her grandparents were looking after her. A few years ago, she lost her grandfather, and her grandmother is not in good health. She is now in her uncle’s charge. Being with the girls from Navkshitij would be a good change for her and the other girls.
I am sure more parents will come forward to invite Friends to spend their holidays at their homes with their own children and wards.
An extra dose of time
AKASH AGARWAL comes from a middle class family in Dehu Road, Pune. He was fourteen years old, when he was brought to Navkshitij to stay in our Holiday Home. The Holiday Home is a concept of Navkshitij where for about six to seven days, outside special friends come to stay with us at our residential facility, participate in all the outings and workshop activities at Navkshitij. The goal of this program is to make the special friend ready for living at a residential facility. The family also gets ready. Akash joined Navkshitij under this project. Initially, whenever his parents came to drop him for a Holiday Home stay at Navkshitij, Akash used to get violent and shout loudly. Later, he made friends and started enjoying his short stays here.
When he was 16, Navkshitij was ready to provide Akash a residence for life. As he started spending more time here, getting engaged in the workshop activities and making friends, we started gradually working on his behavioural problems. He slowly became calmer and calmer. Now whenever his parents come, he doesn’t get violent. At the beginning, Akash used to eat towels, clothes and bed sheets in some isolated place where no one could see him. After consuming quite a bit, he used to vomit. We informed his family and took him to a doctor. But the medical treatment alone was not enough. We realized he needed something more. After thinking about it, we decided to spend more time with him. He is unable to find the time to go into isolation and eat clothes and has stopped it now. The parents feel that the efforts by Navkshitij is the best medicine for Akash. He has become calm. He can sit with a Special Educator for workshop activities. He shares his personal things with familiar persons and is overall living happily at Navkshitij. He teases his friends, does funny acts and entertains his friends.
By Mr. Balu Wayal, Senior Manager
- May 7: Navkshitij office reopens
- May 8 : Residential unit reopens
- May 27 : Monthly trek from Parvati to Taljai; Meeting with parents regarding trek to Kulu
- April 19: Annual Medical Check-up camp by Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital. April 22: Monthly Trek near Marunji hills
- April 28/29: Parents’ meeting; Summer vacation begins for Friends
- April 30: Summer vacation for office staff begins
Navkshitij now needs:
- 1 Four Wheeler (For Transportation) – Approximate cost Rs 7,00,000
- 1 Volleyball Net – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
- 3 Wall mounting Fans – Approximate cost Rs 2,400
- 2 Seater Park Swings – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
- 2 Wall Clocks – Approximate cost Rs 1,000
- 1 Weighing Machine (Capacity 150 Kg.) – Approximate cost Rs 5,000
- 2 Bicycles – Approximate cost Rs 15,000
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Mr. Rasiklal Dalpatram Soni
- Mr. Jugal Rathi
- Mr. D. A. Toke
- Mr. Dattatray Jadhav (Ms .Tanuja)
- Mr. Ashwin Madhav Mokadam
- Mr. Jimmy Dipakbhai Maniar
- Mr. Sandeep
- Mrs. Rekha Dubey and team
- M/s Spectrum Solution Tech. Pvt. Ltd.
- M/s Flextronics Tech (India) Pvt. Ltd.
- M/s Trimurti Fabricators Pvt. Ltd.
- M/s Akshay Enterprises (Mr. Narendra Naik)
- M/s Fiserv India Pvt. Ltd.
- Mrs. Manisha G. Mehandale
- Mr. Chandrashekhar and Mrs Shubhangi Potnis
- Mrs. Kanaka Cadambi
- Mr. Nitin Patel
- Mr. Shirish Saonerkar
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)