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Navjeevan is a registered non-governmental organisation primarily engaged in rehabilitating the children of women working in the red-light areas in Mumbai. It was founded as part of the effort of the Mar Thoma Church to reach out to the several thousand girls who have been lured into living a life of shame in the mean streets of the metropolis formerly called Bombay.
Navjeevan combines two simple Indian words “nav” (new) and “jeevan” (life).
Its origin dates back to 1994 when a group of youth set about to interact with the children of the women who ply the world’s oldest trade in a sprawling ghetto called Kamathipura. The idea simply was to engage the kids constructively and thereby spare them the terror of witnessing the sordid scenes in the dingy alleys and bylanes in the area. Over the years Navjeevan gradually stepped up its involvement and today has assumed total responsibility for the education and upkeep of a number of children in the Navjeevan Village.
Navjeevan Village where the children are housed is a 100 acre facility located at Khapri in Murbad, about 120 kms from Mumbai. In the verdant beauty of the countryside, the children enjoy a rich community life and grow in the rhythms of nature. There are 165 children looked after by four real life couples with offspring of their own, who draw the children into their own family life, and care for them as parents would. Girl children are looked after by eight house sisters. The children are grouped in 20 and live in eight beautiful homes. Here, through a rich community life the children are being slowly nurtured to overcome the stigma of their parentage and to grow up with healthy attitudes. Cherished as children of the Mar Thoma community, the residents thrive in the Village’s excellent facilities which include plenty of playgrounds, a primary health care and a primary school. We have rehabilitated forty five families safely to their hometown.
DUMC VIM volunteers have worked and lived at the village assisting the students with their school work, providing opportunities to practice speaking English with native speakers and joining in prayer and song that supports the children’s spiritual development.
The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor, CRHP has become an organization that empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty and disease. Pioneering a comprehensive approach to primary community-based healthcare (also known as the Jamkhed Model), CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world.
The work of CRHP has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF, and has been introduced to 178 countries across the world. Annually, CRHP provides services that directly impact half a million people in the state of Maharashtra. Since the opening of the Training Center in 1994, over 22,000 local and 2,700 international representatives from NGOs, governments and healthcare professionals have been trained in the CRHP approach. At the core of this comprehensive community-based approach is its embrace of equity for all, utilizing healthcare as a means to break the cycle of poverty.