“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”

--Mother Teresa




Iswar Sankalpa is a non-profit organization started in 2007 with the hope of reaching out to the ‘forgotten’ and ‘untouchable’ population – that of the homeless persons with psychosocial disabilities on the streets of Kolkata.
Iswar Sankalpa’s work in the global context can be understood as an intersection between health, gender, and rights, aimed at providing a holistic support system to help persons with psychosocial disabilities live a dignified life.
Our work compliments the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, which provides an outline through 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Its key focus is to work towards providing equitable opportunities for all persons, hence contributing to a life of inclusion for those on the margins.

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Homeless persons with psychosocial disabilities reached

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Volunteers from the community have supported persons with psychosocial disabilities access mental healthcare

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Persons with mental health conditions from urban slums accessed mental healthcare

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Persons reunited back with their family

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Homeless persons with psychosocial disabilities have accessed shelter care

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Homeless women with psychosocial disabilities have accessed assisted community living

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Persons with psychosocial disabilities engaged in livelihood activities

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Government functionaries reached through capacity building sessions

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Shelter homes given capacity building sessions

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Persons reached through awareness campaigns on mental health

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Persons have received Government entitlements

Programmes

Iswar Sankalpa’s mission and vision is realised through our dynamic interventions which are born from voices of persons with psychosocial disabilities

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Naya Daur

Community based outreach programme providing psychosocial interventions to homeless persons with psychosocial disabilities

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Shelters

The shelters extend a therapeutic roof over homeless persons with severe psychosocial disabilities, who are vulnerable on the streets.

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UMHP

The Urban Mental Health Programme (UMHP) aims at prevention of homelessness due to mental health issues,

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Reintegration And Inclusion

The Reintegration Programme at Iswar Sankalpa aims at the ‘inclusion’ of persons who are marginalized due to psychosocial disability.

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Empowerment and Rights

Advocacy is an important means of raising awareness and upholding the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities.

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Capacity Building

Partnerships with the government and other organizations is an important tool of expanding the care network.

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