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Sponsor quality food for mental health patients in the rehabilitation center


Bindiya returns home after wandering on the streets for 10 years!

Bindiya was found on the streets of Birubari area in Guwahati. The public called to report a mentally disturbed women behaving in a socially unacceptable manner.

The rescue team brought her to the Transit Care center of Navachetana, a rehabilitation home for homeless women with mental illness. She was so disturbed that she tried to run away the minute she was brought to the home.

She was enrolled in the home and given a bath and a change of clothes. In her early days at the home, Bindiya used to stay unkempt. She would keep muttering to herself. She carried a pile of garbage that she wasn't willing to part with.

Once she settled down, she was sent for medical examination. She was diagnosed with Chronic Schizophrenia. The home then started pharmacotherapy for her.

In the initial days, Bindiya was irritable. Psycho-therapeutic sessions failed as she would present a guarded attitude and not cooperate. Sometimes she would walk out from the room. She remained emotionally and socially withdrawn. It was a challenge to communicate with her.

She would even refrain from maintaining basic personal hygiene and lacked toilet habits. The staff had to constantly prod her to carry out activities of daily living.

Over time as her therapy continued, her active symptoms of mental illness reduced. She was then shifted to her second phase of rehabilitation..

She started to get involved in household chores that required sharing responsibilities. This helped in her socialization skills. She learnt jute work that helped in refining her fine motor skills.

The therapists noted that her sense of responsibility was very high. She would never leave a job unfinished. Her social and motor skills were honed by giving her responsibilities that required her to supervise other residents. From being non cooperative, she soon started taking care of other residents.

Over a few months of therapy and workshops Bindiya recovered her memory. She remembered that she was from Jirrah village of Bankura district, West Bengal.

Ashadeep then initiated a plan for her reintegration with her family. When the reintegration team reached Bindiya place, the entire community gathered to welcome her.

The team learnt that she had been suffering from psychiatric illness for almost 30 years. Though they had initially sought treatment, they had to discontinue it as they couldn't afford it. One day she disappeared from home and over the years they had come to believe that she must have died while wandering on the streets.

Her husband and children were at a loss of words to express their emotions.

Bindiya had accepted her illness as her life dictation. It was due to Ashadeep tireless determination that she was finally home after 10 long years!

Today, she continues to get therapy and medication so she can have a normal life.

Your help can transform many more lives like those of Bindiya. You can donate so that underprivileged patients suffering from mental illness can receive therapy and be rehabilitated. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.


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About The Program

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Program Description

The Navachetana home run by Ashadeep rescues women with mental health issues. The home provides them with shelter, food, and medical care. They also assist in their reintegration with their families wherever possible.

Donation to this program cover the cost of food for a day for the residents in the Navchetana transit home. Close to 30 residents stay in the home.

Navachetana was started as an attempt to rehabilitate the mentally affected homeless women living on the streets of Guwahati. 355 women have been rescued and rehabilitated by Ashadeep till now.

Homeless women from the street with mental illness are admitted either by Ashadeep team and volunteers, or directly by the police, or are referred by the State Home for Women or other shelter homes/organizations.

An initial assessment and certification is done by the psychiatrist and a record is filed at the nearest police station of the rescue.

They are give medical treatment as well as therapy. The Rehabilitation process involves assessment at each stage:

One to one counseling for identifying home and background.

Assessment of clinical condition

Assessment of living skills on the basis of which individual plans are developed

Assessment of vocational skills for livelihood

Occupational activity with various vocations such as household work, kitchen, gardening, needlework, knitting, jute work, music & dance and therapeutic work activity.

If the family of the patient is traced, the home initiates reintegration. The patient is discharged only when they achieve a minimum living skills criteria. If the family does not come to Navachetana to pick up the residents, then the staff accompany the resident to her house to reunite them.

The team maintains communication with the family through phone. They obtain authenticity through photographs of family members. Once reunited with family, the case is closed at the police station where the original entry was made.

If a woman does not have a family or her home cannot be traced but she becomes functional, then she is re-integrated into Homes run either by the government or Civil Society Organizations.

In some cases, where the disability due to the illness is very severe and information regarding the woman's whereabouts cannot be traced at all, she remains with Ashadeep.

When you donate to this program, you help women suffering from mental illness the nourishment that is very important f or their recovery.

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About The NGO

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Ashadeep mission is to initiate and strengthen interventions for persons with mental disorders and their families in the North Eastern states of India, in an attempt to achieve a life of better quality for them.

Anjana and Mukul Goswami, with like minded people, formed Ashadeep in 1996 to take care of people with mental disorders as the rehabilitation facilities. There were no mental health rehabilitation facilities available in Assam and the North East during that time. People had to go to Kolkata or Bangalore, which was not affordable for all.

Founder Mukul Chandra Goswami had a traumatic but positive experience of taking care of and rehabilitating his sister suffering from Schizophrenia. Mukul Goswami, a banker till 2001, along with his wife Anjana, a lecturer, formed Ashadeep in 1996.

Over 360 individuals suffering from mental illness and intellectual disability have received therapy, special and conventional education, training in sports and vocational activities in Ashadeep Day Rehabilitation Centre since 1996.

650 homeless mentally ill persons have been housed and treated in rehabilitation homes, of which 550 have been successfully reintegrated with their families.

1200 individuals in Guwahati and over 2000 in rural areas of Assam have been intervened upon issues related to mental health through their Outdoor Psychiatric Clinic and Outreach Camps.

Over 120 training and orientation programmes on mental health have been organized for school and college students, ASHAs, ANMs, Anganwadi workers, policemen, etc.

Since 2013, a Community Mental Health Programme has been initiated in 3 different blocks of Assam helping 1500 patients with Severe Mental Disorders.

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Founded in 1991
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Mukul Chandra Goswami

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Mentally challenged | women

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Ashadeep has

provided healthcare to 1906 underprivileged people in Guwahati

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: Patrika Garv

2013: E NGO challenge

2014: Best Service Award

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Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

6 January, 2023

Proper nourishment is equally important along with psychiatric rehabilitation


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Total number of homeless persons with mental illness intervened during January to June 2022 is 71. Apart from psychiatric treatment, these beneficiaries received psycho-social interventions and vocational training with an objective to a successful reintegration with their family.

A major event for the beneficiaries had been participation of in the Health Mela - a health check up camp at Guwahati organized by Special Olympics Bharat Assam Chapter on the 8th April 2022. Apart from their health and dental check up, sports and cultural events were also organized where the the beneficiaries took part with full enjoyment.

The prime objective of this rehabilitation activity is to provide care, treatment and rehabilitation measures to the homeless persons with mental illness and to eventually re-integrate them with their families. Psychiatric and other medical treatment and care; Psychological and other social rehabilitation services are provided at the residential facilities by a team of qualified personnel including psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and trained health care staff. A unique feature of these homes is the fact that scientific tools and approaches are used in a homely environment instead of a hospital like set up. Once the beneficiaries are reintegrated with their families, follow-up support in terms of treatment, counseling, and free medicine supply are provided to them on regular intervals.

Challenges faced and next steps

Tracing the homes of the residents is one of the major challenges. There were 5 residents who hail from Bangladesh. Generally we take back the residents to their families across the length and breadth of the country. But taking back to Bangladesh was a major challenge as they had no documents when they were rescued from the streets with severe symptoms of mental illness. The Ashadeep team tried for almost a year going from district administration office, border police, Bangladesh High Commission office etc. for their repatriation. Finally with the intervention of Bangladesh High Commission office could verify the home addresses of three residents through the Bangladesh Home Ministry and issued repatriation order for them. Finally two residents one men and one woman have been handed over to their respective families on the 29th October 2022 at the Shewla-Sutarkandi immigration point.

The regular activities of admission, treatment, psycho-social and vocational interventions, discharge and reintegration will continue in the coming months.

Stories from the ground

Faima a middle-aged woman was a resident of Navachetana (Ashadeep’s Rehabilitation Home for Homeless Women with Mental Illness) for her psychiatric rehabilitation since December, 2019. She was rescued by Kokrajhar police from a village of Kokrajhar and was taken to Guwahati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) for treatment of her active psychotic symptoms and also an injury on her right foot. After her treatment she was referred to Navachetana, Ashadeep’s rehabilitation home for homeless women with mental illness. At the time of admission Faima was clearly displaying poor self-care and hygiene, muttering to self, poor attention and concentration, minimal communication. Her self-care and hygiene conditions were taken care of by the health care staff and her symptoms were communicated to the psychiatrist and physician after some time of observation. She was diagnosed with Schizophrenia . During her rehabilitation period, she received pharmacological as well as psycho-social intervention, including training in self-care, social and communication skills, pre-vocational and living skills. Ward observation, one-to-one counselling sessions, and psychological tools were used to assess and monitor improvement in her status. With adequate psychiatric care and psychosocial intervention, Faima's active symptoms were controlled in a very short span of time. Within a month of her admission, she began to participate in household and kitchen activities, as well as yoga, recreational, and other activities. Her attitude towards the staff and her co-residents gradually changed and she became more cooperative. With time her psychotic symptoms were adequately controlled and she attained high level of functionality. Therefore, she was engaged in various productive works within Ashadeep premises and started earning a good amount of monetary incentive monthly.
However, upon treatment and training her condition improved and she recalled the details of her home and family and urged to reunite with them. As soon as she recalled her family details, she started saving maximum part of her monetary incentive in a thought of giving that to her parent and sister as a token of love. Through several counselling sessions her home address was confirmed and the address turned out to be in Bangladesh Masortol Bazar in Sylhet district. Gradually with time she became restless with the preoccupied thought of going back home but nothing much could be done even after persistent efforts from Ashadeep regarding her repartition to the country of her origin due to lack of institutionalised mechanism and prevailing COVID-19 situation back in 2020-21. With the continuous efforts of the Ashadeep the process of her repartition started in April 2022, as a team member approached High Commission of Bangladesh with Faima’s details. After that an interview was conducted with Faima by High Commission of Bangladesh and a detailed report was sent to the Bangladesh Home Ministry for the verification of her address. In the month of October, 2022 Faima’s home address was verified by Bangladesh Home Ministry and after that the Bangladesh High Commission passed the order for her repartition along with the travel permit. The repartition was planned for Faima to the country of her origin through the Shewla-Sutarkandi immigration point and the family members were contacted by Bangladesh Border police and they would be called to the immigration point on the respective date of her repartition. Faima was so happy and excited as soon as she received the news about her repartition and collected all the money, she saved which turned out to be a very good amount and the happiness in her eyes was unexplainable. On 28th October,2022 Faima was handed over to Border Police of India along with her psychitaric medication and a proper guideline for the care of her illness that needs to be continued to avoid relapse of her illness. The next day she was handed over to Bangladesh Border Police where she got reunited with her family.

3 June, 2022

Help Rehabilitate Homeless People with Mental Illnesses


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

On October 10, 2021, as part of the celebration to observe World Mental Health Day, a coffee shop was inaugurated adding a new dimension to the rehabilitation programmes of Ashadeep. It is a rehabilitation effort to help the residents walk their way back to the mainstream while also simultaneously dismantling the social stigma associated with mental disorders. With the shop now open for more than three months, it's encouraging to see it serving its intended purpose. The residents involved in various tasks of the shop, such as cooking the menu and serving the customers, as well as managing the cash, are showing improvement in their social and communication skills, and this involvement has also boosted their self-esteem. Along with the benefit to the residents, this shop has raised awareness in the neighbourhood and among people from various places who stop by the shop while travelling down the national highway that people with mental disorders are just like the rest of us and can work and live like everyone else. It has also impressed people with the fact that a shop that is open for 12 hours runs entirely on renewable energy.

Challenges faced and next steps

Protecting the residents from the Coronavirus has become the greatest challenge for the entire team of Ashadeep. The impact of Covid 19 persisted in the past six months too hindering the system of admission and reintegration. In the month of August 2021, the social worker, psychiatric nurse and the psychologist were affected with Covid 19 and they were not able to dispense the services for almost about a month. But the activities were not disrupted as maintaining flexibility in the roles of staff members has proven to be very beneficial. Because all of the healthcare staff has been trained to conduct activities that are beneficial from a therapeutic standpoint, they were able to continue the activities with telephonic/online supervision by the core team. We plan to boost up admission and reintegration processes as soon as the ongoing third wave of Covid 19 Pandemic subsides.

Stories from the ground

On December 27, Joseph Sangma (social worker) was out shopping in a market in Basistha, Guwahati when his eyes were drawn to a person busy pumping the tyre of his rickshaw. It seemed to Mr. Sangma that he knew that person but couldn't place him. He approached him and asked his name and if he remembered him. The person with a smile on his face replied, "How can I forget you, Dada? You are the one who saved me while I was on the streets, lost from my home, and gave me a new life. I am Anil, Dada.” That jogged Mr. Sangma's memory of this ex-resident of Udayan he had taken home about four years ago. Anil came to Udayan on October 22, 2016, after the team discovered him wandering aimlessly on National Highway 37 near Jalukbari in a dishevelled state. Anil, who was restless at the time, had poor content in his speech and was not maintaining eye contact, but it was not difficult for the team to get him into the vehicle. Treatment started for him, which included pharmacological as well as psychosocial aspects. Soon, his condition improved, and Anil, who had previously been very restless and communicated very little with others, began participating in the home's activities and sharing about his family and life before ending up on the streets. During one-on-one sessions, he revealed that he worked as a rickshaw puller to support his family, which included his sister and her two sons. After his brother-in-law died, it was he who looked after his sister and her sons. He became concerned for his family as he regained awareness of his responsibilities, and he wanted to return home early. On January 13, 2017 he was taken back to his home in Lalmati, a place in Guwahati. That day held special significance for Assamese families as it was "Uruka", Bhogali Bihu’s eve, the festival in which feasts are organised to spend time with friends and family. His sister and nephews were overjoyed to see him return after such a long absence, especially on this special day. It was known that he had been suffering from mental illness for a few years and had received treatment in the past, but due to financial constraints, they were unable to continue. He used to pull the rickshaw on and off, so his sister had to work as a housemaid to make ends meet. They had been advised to attend Ashadeep’s outdoor services so that his treatment could be continued. He had been out of contact since then because they didn't have a phone number, and even though home visit was scheduled, they moved to another place. Mr. Sangma was taken aback to meet Anil in such a situation after 4 years because he never turned up for follow-up in the OPD. It was inquired as to how he was doing and whether or not he was taking his medications. Mr. Sangma was surprised as Anil replied, "Dada, I am regularly taking my medicines, purchasing them from a nearby pharmacy.” When asked how he paid for his medications on a regular basis, he said he used to save money for it. It was a huge relief to see him performing and functioning well in his day-to-day activities, as well as supporting his sister and nephews without any external support. Cases like this reflect the ultimate goal that Ashadeep aspires to achieve. It is admirable to see Anil managing and continuing his treatment on his own. Even though he lives in Guwahati, where Ashadeep's OPD service is provided free of charge, he saves time by seeking consultation and medication in a nearby facility.

5 October, 2021

Rehebilitation intervention continues against the challenges of Covid 19 Pandemic


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Throughout the pandemic, all precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that the residents and staffs at the homes are healthy and free from the threat of contracting COVID19. Structured and specific guidelines were mandatorily followed and some of the measures taken are: Monitoring and Evaluation :• Weekly monitoring of the vital parameters such as temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation of the residents and staff were done under the supervision of the Psychiatric Nurse and a Health Care Staff. • Monitoring for any signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid 19 was done regularly for the residents and the residential staff. • Rapid Antigen Testing was done for residents and staff of Ashadeep. Also, any residents and residential staff showing any flulike symptoms were screened at the nearest COVID Screening Centre. CLEANING AND DISINFECTION: • Frequent sanitization of the campus including office rooms, dining hall, residents room, kitchen, using sodium hypochlorite solution (every alternate day). • Checklist of the disinfection process was maintained.

Challenges faced and next steps

With the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, our regular admissions and discharge in the Rehabilitation Homes for Homeless persons with mental illness have been affected for the past one and a half years. Admissions were done following stringent COVID protocols. Similarly, the reintegration of the 'ready for discharge residents' was put on hold due to the inter/intrastate travel restrictions by the Government. All these measures were taken to ensure the health and safety of the patients and staff. However, as the restrictions got slightly eased, few reintegration were done within the state from January to May 2021. From the last week of May 2021, restrictions were imposed again due to the second wave of the covid pandemic.During Jan - June 2021, 71 homeless women and men with mental illness received rehabilitation intervention at the homes. There were 11 admissions and 13 re-integrations during this period.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: 35 yrs old Salma Nasim was brought to Ashadeep on 29/07/2020 by the One-Stop Centre (OSC), Guwahati. On assessment, Salma was diagnosed with Schizophrenia exhibiting positive symptoms of hallucinatory behaviour like self-talking, self-smiling, self-muttering along with poor eye contact, and guarded behaviour, lack of speech output, and impaired insight and judgement. Within 4 months of her admission, there was significant improvement noticed inward behaviour, positive symptoms, social skills and level of functionality with various psychiatric interventions. She also developed her insight on her illness and improvement in cognitive functions. Gradually, Salma was able to provide a clear history of her illness, how the illness affected her due to the relapse in medication and how it lead her to the journey on the streets. She could provide a definite home address in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. With the help of networking with various organizations and Raigarh Police, Salma’s detail of her family members could be traced. But due to restrictions on public transportation for the Covid 19 pandemic Salma’s reintegration was on hold for a period of time. During this time, Salma was in contact with her family members over a telephonic conversation. Finally, fighting all odds, Salma was reunited with her family at the Howrah Railway Station, West Bengal on 7th April 2021. This was possible with the immense support from the family members who agreed to come up to Howrah station to receive her.

23 March, 2021

Refreshing moments of the residents post lockdown


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Since the Nationwide Lockdown due to Covid-19 crisis in March 2020, Admission and Re-integration were suspended from the last part of March. The primary reason for suspension of Admission was not to put the residents at any risk of contamination from newcomers/outsiders as most of them do not have the capacity to understand about ‘social distancing’, ‘sanitization’ etc. Re-integration had to be suspended as there was no public transport available for the trips. During this period, there were 75 homeless persons (36 women + 39 men) with mental illness were residing at the two homes.
From July 2020, admissions started taking place though in a very slow pace taking all precautions. The admissions came either from Police stations or District administrations after testing the homeless persons with mental illness for Covid negative and keeping them quarantined for a specific period. Starting from July till this date of reporting, 13 admissions took place (3 men + 10 women) and 18 persons have been discharged (8 men + 10 women) and re-integrated with their families.
On 19th December a fun filled programme “Felicity 2K20” was organized by a few Interns at Udayan. Various sports activities were conducted which was followed by a cultural event. The residents had a lot of enjoyment on that day.
On 25th December, the residents of the two homes ‘Udayan’ and ‘Navachetana’ celebrated Christmas. One resident dressed like Santa Claus and distributed candies amongst his fellow residents. The celebrations were complete with cutting of Christmas Cake, singing songs and dance in the tunes of Bollywood numbers.

5 July, 2020

Transformation - from the street to a life with dignity


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Transformation - from the street to a life with dignity

A total of 16 homeless persons (7 women and 9 men) with mental illness were admitted during October to December 2019. 71 residents were there in the 'Navachetana' home for women and 'Udayan' home for men during that quarter. 15 persons (8 women and 7 men) were discharged during the quarter and re-integrated with their families in places such as Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bihar and Chattisgarh.

19 November, 2019

The happiness amidst hardships


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The happiness amidst hardships

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

11 homeless women and 7 homeless men with mental illness have been rescued from the streets and admitted at the Rehabilitation home in the last quarter i.e. January-March 2019. 9 women and 10 men have been discharged during this period and reintegrated with their families in Assam, Nepal, West Bengal and Bihar. 3 women have been shifted to the Home run by Missionaries of Charity. All these discharged women and men have sufficiently recovered and their functional level have improved a lot. Three of the discharged women have stayed in Ashadeep’s Home for 2 years, 6 years and 7 years respectively.

Story from the field

Bimla Kaur was brought to Ashadeep’s Free Psychiatric Outdoor Clinic by her elder sister in October 2009. Bimla was about 19 years at that time. She was showing symptoms like fearfulness, lack of insight and sleeplessness. Her sister informed that Bimla is a victim of physical torture by their mentally ill mother who becomes very violent at times and beats her children. Bimla’s elder sister goes to work who has to feed the entire family and hence there is no one at home to take care on Bimla. Hence Bimla was referred for admission at Ashadeep’s Rehabilitation home for homeless women with mental illness. She was provided with psychiatric treatment as well as psycho-social interventions. Within a few months, Bimla recovered from her illness and started participating in the household activities along with her co-residents. Although Bimla had recovered from her illness, she hardly used to speak with anyone, but her non verbal expressions were normal. After about 14 months Bimla was sent back home in January 2011 with an advice to continue her treatment and medication from Ashadeep’s Psychiatric OPD. For more than a year, Bimla regularly came to the OPD for follow up and collect her medicines. Then in July 2013, city police rescued Bimla from a busy street loitering aimlessly with signs of mental illness and she was re-admitted in Ashadeep’s Home. Bimla’s sister was informed who came and narrated the same story and expressed her helplessness to take care of Bimla. This time, it was decided that Bimla will not go back home and continue to live in Ashadeep’s Rehabilitation Home. Bimla used to be actively involved in almost all activities of the Home but hardly used to speak with anyone. In 2017, Ashadeep had created a provision of ‘Shared Housing’ for those residents who cannot go back home but have recovered sufficiently and are fully functional. A group of 5 residents were made to reside in a house as one family along with one staff for monitoring their medications. They were free to decide on their day-to-day living and do anything they feel like. Bimla was shifted in one such ‘Shared Home’. Within 1-2 months, drastic changes were observed in Bimla’s behavior. She started communication with anyone visiting their ‘home’ and her disability level also improved a lot. Her co-residents were employed outside Ashadeep’s facilities and used to go out to their workplace everyday. Seeing them, Bimla expressed her willingness to work and earn a livelihood. Accordingly, Bimla was facilitated a job in a packaging industry. She now attends her workplace along with her co-residents. Bimla has her PAN Card made, a savings account opened in Bank and her salary gets transferred to her account. As soon as she will complete one year service, she will be covered under PF and ESIC by her employer. Bimla has attained a new lease of her life and is enjoying a lot.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?115
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date112
Village/City/State where project is locatedBamunigaon/Assam
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191344000
Total Expenses for the project YTD1284835