Found wandering on the roads with no memory, Sangita is today a computer instructor
Sangita was about 45 years old when the police found her at Khanapara in Guwahati.
She was mentally unstable and didn't know where her home was. So, the police admitted her in Navachetana Transit Care home.
Navachetana then enrolled her into the rehabilitation program.
In the beginning, she was very aggressive and used abusive language. She also had a delusion of grandiosity. She was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and the consultant psychiatrist initiated psychiatric treatment.
She received food and shelter in Navachetana Transit Care home. In the initial days of her treatment, she was suspicious about everything around her. She did not cooperate with the treatment and even refused to take her medication. With time, the resident health care staff managed to win her trust. Her symptoms were controlled with proper medication.
She also received psycho-social interventions and counselling sessions.
During the counselling sessions, Sangita regained consciousness of her past. She revealed that she is a graduate in chemistry and was teaching in a private school in Guwahati. She remembered that her elder brother had separated from the family. Her parents had expired soon after this incident.
Sangita became functional with regular therapy, medication, and care in a few months. Ashadeep's re-integration team took her to her brother's home, as she had no other place to go. Her brother refused to take her back and so, she returned to the Rehabilitation Home.
Sangita now lives in a home under the 'Home Again, shared housing' program. This is the final stage of the rehabilitation intervention. Here, she lives with four other co-residents and a health worker as a family.
*She, now lives independently and takes her own decisions. Sangita works as a computer instructor in the day Rehabilitation Center. She also earns a monthly income for her job. *
Without Ashadeep's help, Sangita would have been on the roads with no help for her condition. A little help from donors enabled Ashadeep to give Sangita the right treatment.
You can also help poor patients with mental health conditions get access to therapy. You can donate so that organizations like Ashadeep can bring help to patients who deserve it. You can give with confidence because every program listed is GIVEASSURED.
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What the beneficiary gets
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.
Donations to this program will contribute to a fund that will cover the cost of the physician, psychiatrist and cost of medicines to the patients.
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 AshadeepaEUR(tm)s team and volunteers, or directly by the police, or are referred by the State Home for Women or other shelter homes and/ or organizations.
They are given medical treatment as well as therapy. The Rehabilitation process involves assessment at each stage:
Assessment of the clinical condition of the patients
One to one counselling for identifying home and background.
Assessment of living skills
Assessment of vocational skills for livelihood
Training in occupational activity such as household work, kitchen, gardening, needlework, knitting, jute work, music & dance, and other therapeutic activities.
Treatment is provided wherever required. Patients usually spend about 6 months at our home during the rehabilitation program.
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 accompanies the resident to her house to reunite them.
The team maintains communication with the family through the 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 get access to therapy and medicines that they require for their recovery.
5 October, 2021
Inspite of all odds our effort is to make the residents lives colorful
On April 7, 2021, on the occasion of World Health Day, a “Blood sugar level detection cum awareness camp” was conducted by JCI Queens, Guwahati at the two Rehabilitation Homes for women and men at Bamunigaon, District Kamrup. The main objective of the program was to conduct free blood sugar level check-ups for the residents as well as for the staff members. Also, an awareness speech was delivered to the staff members of the homes by Dr. Sushil Agarwal, consultant Psychiatrist on the topic of Diabetes: signs, symptoms, and management.On 8th March 2021, International Women's Day was celebrated at the premises of Navachetana home for women. The program was organized by the residential interns from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Guwahati. The program started with a cultural fest with few fun activities for the residents and staff followed by a tree plantation program at the campus. A small token of appreciation was handed over to the Female Health Care Staff for their utmost dedication and contribution.One day sports event was organized for the residents on 20th March 2021. The main objective of the sports event was to develop an understanding of the importance of physical fitness in the form of games and sports, to demonstrate skills and courage, and to experience the fun and frolic. The event included: Badminton, Running race, Spoon race, Balancing, Tug of war and Volleyball match, and was participated by the residents of both the homes Navachetana and Udayan as well as the staff members. Many were able to showcase their skills and action and the winners of each event won some attractive prizes.\n","section":"Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months","question":"
\n 1. Please tell us what activities you have undertaken in this program in the last 5-6 months.You can refer to following pointers as\n
- Any milestones achieved? \n
- Any major events? \n
- Areas covered (cities, states, regions etc) \n
- Number of people impacted? \n
- How were they impacted or helped? \n
The main challenge during the period was to keep all residents safe from the Covid 19 virus. To deal with the prevailing COVID-19 situation effectively, Ashadeep has taken utmost efforts and measures with specific guidelines which were followed to protect the 71 residents and 23 staffs members. 1. Routine monitoring: Weekly monitoring of the vital parameters such as i.e 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.2. Monitoring for any signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid 19 was done regularly for the residents and the residential staff.3. Rapid antigen testing was done for residents and staff exhibiting any flu-like symptoms at the nearest COVID Screening Centre.4. Restrictions were prohibited to any outside visitors except for the consultant psychiatrist and physician who made their regular visits to the facility for follow-up and consultation services5. Frequent sanitization of the entire workplace, office rooms, dining hall, residents' rooms, kitchen, dining hall, and all the points that came into human contact was done routinely with sodium hypochlorite solution(every alternate day). 6. Social distancing norms were followed among the residents during any group or recreational activities. Distance between the beds was kept at least 1-2 meters apart. At the time of the doctor's visit use of protective gears (3 layered masks) was practiced.Immunization: All the Health Care Staffs, the professional team members, administrative, and the support staff were successfully vaccinated against Covid 19 during April-May 2021. The residents were vaccinated with the first dose by organizing special vaccination camps at the homes on two different dates in June 2021. We are going to organize camps for the second dose in due course of time.\n","section":"Challenges faced and next steps","question":"
\n 2. Challenges in utilising funds/carrying out operations. Please refer to following points for reference:\n
- Any challenges faced? \n
- Any covid related hurdles? \n
- How did you overcome it? \n
- What is your goal/aim/activity plan for the next 6 months for this program? \n
Impact story: Shishu Dhoba was rescued from one of the busy streets of Guwahati on 14/03/2020 by Ashadeep Team with clearly visible signs and symptoms of mental illness. He received psychiatric treatment as well as psycho-social interventions at 'Udayan' - Ashadeep's Rehabilitation home for homeless men with mental illness. During the sessions, we learned that Sishu Dhoba is from a remote village in Odisha's Ganjam district and belongs to a tribal community. He recovered from his mental illness after about one year, but due to travel restrictions caused by the Pandemic's second wave, he could not be reintegrated. Then, one day, we received a phone call from one of the social workers from the Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation in Maharashtra, who informed us that they were visiting Assam for the reintegration of one of their residents and wanted to know if we had any residents from outside the state who were ready to be reintegrated. Since we have four men who were ready for discharge, it was decided to hand over these men to the Shraddha Foundation team. Accordingly, necessary arrangements for their travel were made. And as per the traveling protocols, their Covid 19 tests had been done two days prior to their departure.Sishu Dhoba, along with the other three residents, was brought to Guwahati Railway Station and handed over to the Shraddha Foundation team on April 8, 2021. They reached Shraddha Rehabilitation Home on the evening of April 12, 2021. Unfortunately, Maharashtra was under total lockdown, so Sishu Dhoba's reintegration had to be postponed. Meanwhile, they were able to contact his family and requested them to come to Bhubaneswar. Sishu Dhoba was reunited with his family at the Bhubaneswar Railway Station on 21 June 2021. The family informed that Shishu Dhoba was working as a laborer in a stone quarry near the Assam-Nagaland border from where he had gone missing about two years ago.\n","section":"Stories from the ground","question":"
\n 3. Any beneficiary impact story you would like to share?\n"}],"images":["https://cdn.givind.org/static/images/update/f6576fbb-6d66-4e99-91d2-326df1f8c29c.jpeg"]}
23 March, 2021
Psychiatric intervention - the first step in the rehabilitation process
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.
Social Workers and Psychologist were not able to visit the Home in the entire month of April. All interventions are being carried out by the Resident Staff i.e. Resident Social Worker, Centre-in-charge and the Health Care Staff. Telephone contacts are being maintained by the Social Workers and Psychologist. However, from May 2020 onwards they started visiting the homes for imparting therapies and other interventions.
The Psychiatrist and the General Doctor visited the homes regularly taking care of all Covid protocols. Regular supply of groceries, medicines and toiletries were maintained by arranging permission from the district authorities for movement of one office vehicle.
Boosting up the morals of the resident staff during the Lockdown was also a big challenge for the administration. This was managed by the Social Workers, Psychologist and the Administrative Staff with regular phone calls.
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, 11 admissions took place (3 men + 8 women) and 10 persons have been discharged (6 men + 4 women) and re-integrated with their families.
5 July, 2020
The homeless persons with mental illness are on the streets not by choice but because of the illness
The homeless persons with mental illness are on the streets not by choice but because of the illness
During the quarter October to December 2019, residents of Ashadeep's Rehabilitation homes for homeless persons with mental illness celebrated Durga Puja and Diwali. A group of male residents also went for a picnic. During this quarter a total of 16 persons (7 women and 9 men) with mental illness were admitted and 15 persons were discharged and reintegrated with their families in places such as Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal, Bihar and Chattisgarh. Total number of residents in the two homes during this quarter were 71.
19 November, 2019
The happiness amidst hardships
The happiness amidst hardships
22 July, 2019
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
Harish, aged 32 years was rescued by the Ashadeep Team from the Guwahati Railway Station in September 2014 with symptoms of mental illness. He was admitted to Udayan Rehabilitation home and was diagnosed as having Schizophrenia.
Harish received psychiatric treatment as well as psycho-social interventions. With proper care and medication, the psychotic symptoms were controlled in a few months, but he remained emotionally withdrawn and was not interested to do any work. With constant effort by the staff he became able to carry out gardening responsibilities without supervision and came forward on his own to work in the kitchen. His continued social withdrawal was heeded to through the daily recreation sessions, where the social workers and health-care staff encouraged him to get involved in the therapeutic dance, music and games sessions.
During sessions he revealed that he used to work as a waiter in one of the reputed Restaurants in New Delhi and he hails from Uttarakhand. But he does not want to go back home. In January 2017, he was shifted to ‘Shared Home’ facility to live an independent life where he adapted very well with the environment. Harish now runs a vegetable stall in front of the Home and sells fresh vegetables grown at the home. He is happy and enjoying his role as the head of his Home, taking fatherly care of his co-residents and cooking the meals for everyone.
|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-Date||85|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Bamunigaon, District Kamrup (Rural) and Rehabari, Guwahati, Assam|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||930000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1005082|