For the first in our new series NGO of the Week we are happy to present to you Kolkata’s Paripurnata Half-Way Home.
Officially, India is home to more than 2.2 million mentally challenged people, although this figure is likely to be a vastly underestimated figure. Typically thought of as incurable and therefore hopeless, mentally ill people are often left in hospitals or abandoned by their families.
Paripurnata Half-Way Home provides quality care and rehabilitation facilities to mentally ill women, with a focus on creating a homely environment in which free treatments can be most effectively provided, including pharmacotherapy and psychological counselling.
Paripurnata also addresses the important aspect of keeping their residents creatively occupied by running sewing, weaving, cooking and bandhani classes, amongst many other activities – therapeutic activities in their own right, but activities that also contributing to skills and knowledge development that will better enable the women to re-integrate with life outside of Paripurnata and lead more self-sufficient and independent lives.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video above that will take you on a guided tour of Paripurnata Half-Way Home and provide an insight into the fantastic work they are doing to help women living with mental illness in India.
You can also find out more on Paripurnata’s NGO page and project pages on LetzChange, as well as make a donation to support this NGO and the dozens of women that they care for. Remember, every donation made online at LetzChange will be matched by us, doubling your impact and further helping to improve the lives of underprivileged people and communities in India.