Voice of Navkshitij: March 2017
From The President’s Desk
The Never Say Die attitude
THIS time, I would first like to talk about Friend Murtuza. I am very excited to share with you that Murtuza, who would refuse to join us for walks and treks, accompanied us on a small trek and jungle walk from Chaturshringi to Vetal Tekadi this month. Actually, I had been noticing a change in him in the last few months. It started with Murtuza joining us on our daily evening walks. One day, during the evening walk, I asked him why he was not joining us for trekking. He stunned me with his answer. “I am thinking,” he said. He actually did.
Murtuza has been with us since 2009. Initially he was very indolent and adamant but slowly he did show signs of changing for the better. It was one more big win for us. Whenever there is a positive change in our Friends, it gives us all a sense of satisfaction and a sense of achievement. I am glad that at Marunji, we do not give up easily.
We would also like to share that our Home at Aswali is doing well. We are having teething troubles, but my colleagues are handling them well. This month, four new Friends joined us at Marunji; they are settling well. We are very happy with the new look of the Marunji unit, with concrete roads and paved ground. The place is looking neat and clean.
We celebrated Holi with volunteers from Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Ecoexist, as always, provided us with organic colours. Our Friends wait for Holi with great enthusiasm. They look forward to spending the day with their friends from Emcure. We are thankful to the volunteers for celebrating this special festival with our special friends and sponsoring the event.
Now it is the trek in the Himalayan region that we are all awaiting eagerly. Scheduled for June, this will be ninth high altitude trekking in the Himalayas, and our Friends are now seasoned trekkers. We feel proud to watch them climbing mountains with ease.
Going down memory lane, I was reminiscing about our early trips. The first was in 2006 and it was a Himalayan task, the planning and the execution. Now things are different. My colleagues have become experienced trekkers and coordinators
Sudha’s Struggles and Triumph
FRIEND Sudha Shrikantan joined Navkshitij family in January 2012. She had just lost her mother.
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 fam
Studying her pattern, we noted that Sudha was a slow and worked slowly and painstakingly. A few felt that it might be difficult for her to integrate with the environment and feel at home. It wasn’t. Slowly but surely, our staff and Friends won her over. She began to trust us. She even began involving herself in various activities and making friends. It all fell into place and a smooth run began for Sudha.
As luck would have it, Sudha’s father died soon after. This came as a big bolt to her. Within a short span, Sudha was once again back on her old track. She was very disturbed and all her behavioral problems resurfaced. This is when we consulted psychiatrist Dr. Chandorkar and he helped Sudha battle her issues. And, Sudha returned to peace and acceptance.
Sudha is settled now. She does have a few bad days but she is overall living happily at Navkshitij. She has been participating in dance, monthly treks and other group activities. We are proud of her.
Contributed by Asha Wayal, House Keeper & Co-ordinator
- April 20: Medical Checkup By Birla Hospital;
- April 22: Monthly Trek;
- April 28,29: Parent’s meetings; Summer vacation begins
- March 8: Dr Neelima Desai felicitated by Shree Jain Shwetamber Terapanth Mahila Mandal, Pune, on the occasion of International Women’s Day
- March 12: Holi; March 13: Rangpanchami; March 25: Jungle Walk from Chaturshrungi to Vetaltekadi Trek; March 28: Gudipadava
Navkshitij now needs:
- 1 Four Wheeler (For Transportation) – Approximate cost Rs 7 lakh
- 1 Volleyball Net – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
- 4 Cricket Bats – Approximate cost Rs 3,400
- 3 Wall mounting Fans – Approximate cost Rs 2,400
- 2 LED TVs – Approximate cost Rs 50,000
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Dr. Noopur Desai
- Mrs. Lalita Gajanan Sathe
- Mr. Prasad Sathe
- Dr. Sucheta Sathe
- Mr. Gaurav Vidhyadhar Gat
- Shree Jain Shwetamber Terapanth Mahila Mandal
- Mr. Sameer Madan Alve
- Mrs. Gomabai Darbarilal Agrawal
- Mr. Vinod Mhetre
- Mrs. Jayashri Toke
- Mr. Saumil Vadodariya
- Mr. Ashwin Mukadam
- M/s Grind Master Machines Pvt. Ltd.
- M/S KPIT Technologies Ltd.
- M/s Trimurti Fabricators Pvt. Ltd.
- M/S Cross Country Infotech
- M/S Infostreach Pvt. Ltd.
- M/S Flextronics Pvt. Ltd
- Shree Kedarling Charitable Trust
- Atmasanman Friends Circle
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)