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An Appraisal of Nalla Samarayan Ashram

By Research team at NSA

Need for the appraisal:
The appraisal is to check its credibility as a model psychosocial rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

Methodology

Type of research: Case study Appraisal of Institution

Sample: Study of only one institution, Nalla Samarayan Ashram: A psychosocial rehabilitation centre.

The existing tool joint appraisal team visit formats prepared by  the Government of Kerala, is used for the evaluation of the psycho social centres in Kerala. The same scale is used for this study.

Findings

Out of 9 domains 3 domains scored 100 percent they are nos. 3. Experience, 4. Financial management no.8, land. Infrastructure and related facilities,

5 domains scored 80 percent and above

Governance

Rules and regulations of staff

Procurement

Planning, monitoring and reporting

Rehabilitation services

Conclusion

3 domains got full score, another 5 domains scored above 80 percent where one domain got only 70  percent.

Experience, Financial management systems, land and infrastructure achieved full score.

Experience of the institute is really very high and worth appreciating as a model. The experiences of the mother institute, ‘we care centre’ helps the NSA to run it efficiently. The total score for 9 domains comes to 160 out 0f 180 is 88.7%. The results reveal that NSA has the credibility as a model psycho-social rehabilitation center which follows all rules and regulations and maintain its quality in all aspects of its functioning.

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Bethlehem bhavan

Bethlehem bhavan  is a model of psycho-social rehabilitation  for men which was started  in 2006 by Fr. Jins Vathallookunnel in Kanjirapally. There are around 100 residents in the institution.

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Penuel Ashram – A model of psycho-social rehabilitation centre for men

In 1997, as a Parish Priest in Thampalakkadu parish, Fr. Sebastian Vechookarottu successfully rehabilitated 3 alcoholics through counselling, prayer and group therapy. This was the beginning of similar group exercises which steadily grew into a monthly program. Gradually the number of people attending these sessions increased and Emmanuel Ashram, a center for retreats, counselling and rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics was born.

Simultaneously Fr. Sebastian observed that many people with psychiatric problems were abandoned on the streets. He brought them to a temporary shelter which functioned in rented premises and cared for them. This was the beginning of Penuel Ashram which came into existence in response to a crying need. By the end of 1998, the number of inmates increased and a permanent building was acquired. Now Penuel Ashram is a home – for mentally sick destitute. The Ashram provides shelter, food, clothing, medical aid, entertainment, counseling and rehabilitation services. It is a Centre offering love and care to the mentally ill, the abandoned streets and rejects of society. The volunteers pick up sick people from streets, bus stations, rail stations etc. All our services are offered free of cost to the beneficiaries.

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Nalla Samarayan Ashram – A model of psychosocial rehabilitation centre for women

NSA was started on 15th  August 1998,  under the leadership of Fr. Roy Mathew Vadakkel,  on the 13 cents of land, donated by Mr. Vettathu Kunjettan, a parishioner of Cathedral church, Pulimavu, Kanjirappally. A Karnataka woman, named Pinjelamma with mental health disorder, was the first inmate of the Ashram.

So far 564 women were served at NSA. Few of them died; some of them have been shifted to other service centres.  Currently 113 women with mental health disorders are staying as inmates. The ashram provides for all their needs including free food, medicine, shelter and clothing with the great selfless support of the good people around.

Sufficient, balanced, hot lunch packets are served daily without fail to all our inmates by the families of the surrounding areas.  Dr. (Sr). Carmali, a mental health expert, has been visiting the ashram and guiding the staff in all the inmate’s psycho social needs.

The inmates have a daily schedule which includes prayer, yoga, medicine time, vocational training in tailoring, art and craft, agro- animal farming, gardening and cultural activities such as music, dance, skit etc.  These activities under supervision, help each and every inmate in her all- round development. Carmelite sisters came forward to collaborate with the project and it is well appreciated.  It grew with the continuous   support and sacrifice of the community around. This ashram is committed to serve the women who are wandering  in the street and women with intellectual disability who are not safe at home. This has been considered as a model centre and different service providers visit this centre to learn its functioning.

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ASHWAS Vocational Training Centre – Sustainable Transition into Employment of Persons with Intellectual Disability

This project is aiming at the very important inter connected three aspects of a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program: vocational skills training leading to transition from school to successful placement and independent living of persons with intellectual disability.

Training and employing persons with intellectual disability in to – AGRICULTURAL CATEGORY and NON AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

Orchard Farming


Vegetable Farming – Creepers

Vegetable Farming – Non-Creepers

Leafy vegetable Farming

Root crops

Flower Garden

Spices

Medicinal / Ayurvedic Plant

Bio Fertilizer preparation

Animal farming

Poultry Farming

NON AGRICULTURAL CATEGORIES

Paper products

Chemical Products

Jwelery Making

Artificial flowers

Garment Making

Hospitality

Printing

Food preparation

Toy making

Service Based

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Nalla Samarayan Rehabilitation Programme

This is a project for serve mentally ill who do not live in institutions. Keeping them up in their homes or where they are prescribed to live, and giving all medicines and food in the responsibility of diocese. Fr.Roy Vadakkel leads this.

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Nalla Samarayan Research and Rehabilitation Center, Kanjirappally.

This is a new step in mental health care. It is an institution affiliated to the Nalla Samarayan Ashram in the leadership of respected Fr.Roy Mathew for the Mental Patients in Kanjirappally Pulimav.

Nalla Samarayan research and rehabilitation center is started in 2010 December. It is a home for those with mental illness, with age, disease and people with more care. Carmelite sisters are leading the everyday duties.

The Nalla Samarayan research and rehabilitation center started with the goal of studying and evaluating various aspects of mental health growth.

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