Ensuring dignity and holistic well being of persons with psychosocial disabilities
Let the wandering mind speak. Let the ideas unravel. Let the pain find action. Let the anger find voice. We, at Iswar Sankalpa envision a world which understands that there is NO health without Mental Health.
- To increase access to community-based care and support for homeless persons with psychosocial disability through a network of community caregivers
- To offer options for the homeless persons with psychosocial disability to get services through institutional care, day care centres or/and on the street and a long stay facility for people who will never be able to be restored to their families.
- To provide accessible and affordable mental health intervention for the urban poor intertwined with primary health care services in an effort to facilitate early identification, awareness, addressing stigma and preventing homelessness.
- To utilize information/data management to enhance decision making and service delivery
- To maximize efficient and effective use of human, fiscal, and material resources
Vision & Mission
The founders of Iswar Sankalpa have a vision – that of ensuring dignity and holistic well being of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
Our mission is 2 fold-
1. To lend a helping hand to those with psychosocial disabilities, particularly to those from underprivileged sections of society, and to do so in a humane manner.
2. To empower people with psychosocial disabilities and mental health conditions in attaining their rights
From the Secretary’s Desk
Sarbani Das Roy, Secretary
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. Today we are a multi-pronged service delivery organization providing intervention for both the homeless and urban home-based poor population in Kolkata. This journey has been of heartbreaks and struggle, the initial loneliness and now the overwhelming joy of fruition. But there are still miles to go, because…
When you are homeless and can barely clothe your body,
you have only your dignity
to remind you that you are human
You are vulnerable –
socially, physically, emotionally.
When you are mentally ill –
you lose your sense of self,
other human beings shun you.
You are alone –
socially, physically, emotionally.
When are you are homeless and mentally ill,
the world turns its back on you.
You do not exist.
This is the reason for Us being here –
Towards Building a Society that CARES
It was a lazy winter afternoon in 2006 when Late Dr K.L Narayanan and I were strolling down A.J.C Bose Road. As we passed a huge garbage vat in Beniapukur, the picture of a mentally ill man, in tattered clothes eating from the garbage pile rooted me to the spot. The very fact that a reputed NGO had its home just opposite the Vat and the fact that the organization distributed food to all the hungry and poor irrespective of caste, creed, religion made me wonder as to why food was not available for this young man. It was then that Dr Narayanan explained that most people will not dare to come near our young man because people are afraid of the ‘mad’, people are afraid of a hostile reaction and so stay away.
On the other hand people with mental illness may also refuse to accept food because of the symptoms of their illness. And silently pass away from this world simply due to dehydration. While all this time some family may still be waiting for the return of their only son. A child may be passing her infancy childhood still expecting her mother to come back and hold her. A futile wait. This was the defining moment in our lives which gave birth to Iswar Sankalpa.
Outreach: Naya Daur
Community Based Intervention Programme for Homeless Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities working in 60 wards in Kolkata, involving local community people, Police stations, hospitals and local Municipal government bodies in the care network
Shelter Care: SARBARI & MARUDYAN
Shelter care for homeless women (Sarbari) and homeless men (Marudyan) with psychosocial disabilities aimed at providing a safe space for care intervention and recovery of these individuals.
Focus on reintegration of this marginalized population with the society through reunion with families, access to entitlements, and supportive employment avenues and community resettlement.
- Crust & Core: A livelihood centre for providing venture of Iswar Sankalpa, serving psychosocial support to ou as a Training Unit cum Cafe to clients from various develop skills that will help programmes towards sustainable employment
- Nayagram: Assisted community Shelters for recovery and living programme in Kashipur, rehabilitation of urban West Bengal, where women homeless women engage in agricultural work and psychosocial disability local vocation to earn a living
Urban Mental Health Programme: Prevention of Homelessness
Integrating mental health services with the primary urban health care centres in partnership with Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) in wards 11, 26, 54, 78 and 82.
Homeless persons with psychological disabilites reached.
of them getting sheltered care.
Persons with mental health conditions from urban slums served.
in our care provided vocational training to earn livelihood.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
So come & be the change. Come. And make a difference – a small action on your part, but a big change in the lives of some of the individuals we work with.
We take donations both in cash and kind. In case you are interested in lending a hand in any possible way, use the contact form below to reach us.
Achievements & Awards
- West Bengal State Award for for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (2016)
Certificate of accreditation from Credibility Alliance under norms prescribed for good governance of voluntary organisations
Empanelment in the National CSR Hub of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Our SARBARI shelter programme recevied HUDCO Award for best practices to “Improve the living environment 2014-15”. Sarbari has also been granted special shelter status by the Govt. of West Bengal
“Iswar Sankalpa has come forward with a unique way of working with these lost souls and ensure their autonomy. Each step they take on the stage, each gesture they make, whether in sync or out of sync, is a celebration of survival against all odds. It’s a victory of the human spirit over challenges of fate.”
“Iswar Sankalpa has been working with an exemplary spirit of service for the cause of a much neglected section of the population in our state, constantly striving towards giving them a name, an identity, and a life with dignity”
“Everyone who visits Iswar Sankalpa has to have a mission – “What Can I Give?”
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