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