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"Shelter for homeless drug user's with HIV/AIDS opens its doors in Mumbai, India"

Project Nivara

The long wait for a shelter to cater to those in a crisis finally ended when we were granted space by the Municipal Corporation in April. Although we began immediately after the elections on the 27th, it was only when the repairs and renovation was complete that we were able to have a formal inauguration on 8th July 2004.

The Additional Municipal Commissioner Mr. Vijaysinh Patanker, personally did the honours along with the Chairperson of the Inner Wheel Club of Mumbai North, Mrs. Jyoti Doshi. The members of the Inner Wheel club of Mumbai North helped tremendously with most of the immediate necesseties like beds, kitchen equipment and electrical fittings. Their initial encouragement really helped Sankalp overcome teething problems and early hiccups. Although we are able to now have a full complement of staff thanks to DOH International, maintenance of the building will be a priority that we will have to follow up with the BMC for.