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Adhar - Association of Parents of Mentally Retarded Children
 

Adhar is a pioneer organisation providing life-long residential care for mentally challenged adults.

Late Shri M. G. Gore a qualified and dedicated renowned Social Worker, after his retirement of working with mentally challenged children institution at the Children’s Aid Society for 35 years was reading a newspaper report.  It carried news that ‘A lady in USA shot dead her only mentally challenged son as she was gripped with the fear “who will take care of him after her?’

Totally shaken with the news report Shri Gore appealed to parents of Mentally Retarded Children for finding a everlasting solution to their problem.  It was realized that there are very few residential facilities in the field of Mental Retardation and mainly for adults.  Old parents are always haunted by a constant thought ‘After us what? What will happen to our children? Who will look after them?  They needed a reliable institution to take over the life-long responsibility of their grown up in the spirit of trusteeship.

Thus the ‘Association of Parents of Mentally Retarded Children’ was formed and registered as a Public Trust in May 1990 by the parents of mentally challenged under the strong leadership and guidance of Late Shri M. G. Gore.

The ADHAR Project: - The Trust (APMRC) purchased about 5 acres of land in a beautiful rural setting in village Mulgaon (Thakurwadi) at a distance of 10 km from Badlapur to set up a permanent residential complex for mentally challenged adults. The project was divided into II phases.

Phase - I (started in April 1992):

  • Purchase of land
  • Construction of 2 residential buildings, required

(Provision for 75 mentally challenged persons)

  • Furniture & fixtures,
  • Electrical installation
  • Water supply facilities

The total expenses for phase I was Rs. 45 lacs. 1st inmate was admitted on 17th January 1994.

Phase - II (started on October 1994) 

  • 2 separate Vocational Training Centers with Machineries
  • for male & female residents,
  • 3rd hostel building
  • Separate kitchen
  • Furniture & fixtures 
  • Electrical installation 

The total cost for phase II was of Rs. 28 lacs.

Many philanthropist, financial institutions, companies, individual donors and well-wishers came forward and mobilized Rs. 63 lacs. The gap of Rs. 10 lacs was met by temporary loans and deposits.

ADHAR is the first institution of its type & size, which undertakes the responsibility of life long care and possible training. We are providing round the clock care & Protection, whole some food menu for which is prepared by Chief Dietician of Breach Candy Hospital, medical care, vocational training center, yoga, recreational and sports activities with the help of specially qualified staff, vocational instructors, medical and psychiatric experts trained social workers and clinical psychologists.

Adhar has now 201 residents (147 males and 54 females) under its care. It works in the spirit of Trusteeship and is managed by the Board of Trustees in which 7 out of 9 are parents.

Vision
To reach out to parents of Mentally Retarded Children and to provide lifetime shelter to their children.

Mission
To address to the daily needs of Mentally Retarded Children and to Work for their Life Enrichment, Protection and development.

FUTURE PLANS

  • Setting up Replica of Adhar Near Nashik for 100 Mentally Challenged Adults
  • Renovation of Special Care Unit at Badlapur Project
  • Renovation of Ladies Dormitory at Badlapur Project
  • Pathway at Badlapur Project

OUR STRENGTH & TOUCH STONES

  • Trust, Support & Goodwill form our parents.
  • Stable Committed & Dedicated Staff.
  • Location: Perfect Pollution Free, Hygienic & Beautiful rural setting.
  • Ability to settle Mentally Challenged Adults at Adhar & make difference
    in their lives.
  • Role Model to other Parents Associations working in this Area.
  • Accountability & Transparency.

VALUES

For enriching the holistic life of inmates, we have 124 specialised staff taking care of their various needs. The services provided to inmates are:

  • Personalised care and hygiene
  • Psychiatric care and follow up
  • Dental care
  • Cultural Activities
  • Vocational Training Center
  • Centralised Music
  • Picnics and Outings
  • Psychotherapeutic intervention
  • Diet, Physio therapy, Yoga and Meditetion
  • Medical intervention and follow up
  • Special classes
  • Celebrations of Festivals and Birthdays
  • Games and Recreation

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Adhar - Association of Parents of Mentally Retarded Children
Address : 102, Om Shraddha Saburi CHS., Vishnu Nagar, Opp. Bhagwati School, Naupada, Thane (W). 400602.
Tel. No. : 2542 6753
Email   www.adhar.org
Email ID : vishwasgore@hotmail.com
Contact Person : -
    Updated : 26.12.2012

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