Voice of Navkshitij: June 2017
From The President’s Desk
Eighth high altitude trekking in the Himalayan region
THE most important event in June was our eighth high altitude trekking in the Kulu region of the Himalayas. This was the first time that we were going trekking in Kulu area. Thirty-four Friends participated and completed the trek successfully this year; 15 volunteers helped them achieve this. We left Pune on June 19. Our planning started six months ago. We went to Delhi by train and then by bus to Kulu. We reached Tirthan Valley in Kulu around dinner time. It felt a bit scary reaching the base camp in the darkness. But we were quite exhausted and too excited to let any other feeling take over. After dinner, we went to our allotted tents for a good night’s sleep We got up in the morning to the chirping of birds and the sound of a flowing river. When we came out of the tent, it looked heavenly. Trees laden with fruits, mountains all around, tents near the river… It was paradise. After the rest, we were all raring to go. Our Friends were looking fresh and ready for yet another adventure in the mighty Himalayan region. On the first day, we trekked up to the waterfall near Gahidhar village. It was a difficult climb but we reached 3000 feet in one day and came back to base camp the same day. The next day, we walked ten kilometres to see a water mill (Pan Chakki). On the third day, we went to Jallori Pass by bus and from there trekked up to 11,000 feet, the highest point in the trek. On the fourth day, we walked around Tirthan River and collected stones as souvenirs. We started our return journey the same afternoon and reached Pune on June 27. Every evening, our Friends played cricket and volleyball with the volunteers and the locals. We had a dance session two evenings and a musical chair one evening. It was an exhilarating experience for everyone. Eight colleagues from Navkshitij and two members from Friends’ families, Vandana Ghodke and Mangala Dhekane, helped us. Zhep Adventures, from Pune, organised the trek for us, with Mr Manoj Bhagwat and Mr Rajabhau Patankar from the organisation accompanying us. With a wonderfully supportive team, we added one more feather to our list of achievements. I’m grateful to every person who has contributed to this. I’m also happy that once again our Friends have proved that given the right opportunities, encouragement and confidence, they can reach great heights.
For the love of a child
MURTUZA JAMNAGARWALA (we call him Murti) came here when he was 34. He is a Muslim but was always at the front when we celebrated all Hindu festivals. Last year, Murti participated in Ganapati Visarjan. He immersed the idol after completing all rituals. Initially, he was very stubborn and would react quickly. He did not like to join for evening walk, monthly trekking, cultural programs and, sometimes, even at the workshop. He never liked going to the saloon for a haircut or shave. Whenever our Friends went for vacations, all would return on the reopening day, except Murti. He would stay back at his house for more days, sometimes even a month more. However, after his parents’ death, we noticed some good changes in him. A very noticeable change – he comes back on the reopening date. Recently, I was blessed with a baby girl, Aaradhya. Sometimes my wife Anuradha and I bring her to the workshop. At that time, we noticed that Murti would show so much affection to her. He was always ready to play and sing songs for the baby. We noticed that to play with children, he was ready to complete any task in the Workshop. Slowly, I recognised that Aaradhya can be the change-maker for Murti. So, whenever Murti became violent I would tell him he won’t be allowed to play with her. This would have a good effect and he would slowly return to normal. Soon, this became my formula to handle him. Now he goes willingly to the saloon, joins us for daily walks, monthly treks and at the workshop. It was a big win for us. Whenever there is a positive change in our Friends, it makes us so happy. I am glad that at Navkshitij we do not give up easily. Sometimes he imitates Aaradhya and teases her saying, "You are so lucky, you are playing all the time."
- Mr. Santosh Munde, Workshop Manager, Navkshitij
- July 9: Gurupoornima
- July 12: Monthly Traffic Awareness Program at Hinjewadi
- July 13: Workshop for Caregivers
- July 20: Visit to an NGO at Satara under Navkshitij SETU
- July 22: Monthly Trek to Junnar
- June 1: Van Bhojan
- June 3: Annual Shopping Program at Big Bazaar, Hinjewadi.
- June 7: Watched Baahubali 2 at E-Square, Hinjewadi.
- June 9: Meeting of Trustees of different organizations working for the betterment of Special Friends
- June 19 to 27: High Altitude Trekking in Kulu region (Himachal Pradesh)
Navkshitij now needs:
- Vegetable Cutting Machine – Approximate cost Rs 19,500
- 1 Garden Bench – Approximate cost Rs 10,000
- 2-Seater Park Swing – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
- Weighing Machine (Capacity 150 Kg) – Approximate cost Rs 5,000
- Syntex Tank (5,000 litres) – Approximate cost Rs 35,000
- 3 Volleyballs – Approximate cost Rs 2,400
- 2 Cricket bats – Approximate cost Rs 2,500
- 4-5 Video Games CDs – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Smt. Namita Kichalu
- Mrs. Sunita Gat
- M/s Praj Foundation
- Mr. Nitin Patel
- M/S Flextronics Technologies Pvt Ltd
- Mr. Deepak Kumar Gupta
- Mr. Dhiraj Patankar
- Mr. Satish Garje
- M/S Nice/Cloud Services
- Mr. Ashok Bhat
- Sant Nirankari Mandal, Marunji.
- Mr. Shubham Shah
- Ms. Salave Sisters
- Team of Big Bazaar FBB, Hinjewadi.
- Mrs. Sapna Dhondapure
- Mr. Vishva N
- Mr. C. Venkatesh
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)