Navskshitij was funded in 2003 by a couple of medical doctors: Dr. Neelima Desai and Dr. C. R. Desai, both having a deep interest in the problems of the mentally challenged persons. Navskshitij is an NGO working for the inclusion of mentally challenged adults. Its main objective is to offer mentally challenged adults a home for a lifetime and a life filled with happiness, dignity, and self-respect, to which they have a right. It aims at rehabilitating them back to society and at offering their families a stress-free living. Navskshitij receives financial support from private companies based in India, both national and international. Navskshitij’s home for mentally challenged adults is based in Marunje, a village on the outskirts of Pune city in the state of Maharashtra. Although Maharashtra has several government and private and NGO-managed special schools for mentally challenged children, there are very few services for mentally challenged adults. And residential facilities for mentally-challenged adults are even fewer. Mentally challenged adults are dependent on their families which very often cannot afford it. Navkshitij was established with this idea of providing a dignified life to the mentally challenged adults through transfer of skills according to their ability, providing opportunities for wider exposure to the world and lead a healthy community life. All the organization’s activities are aligned towards these objectives. Since its creation Navskshitij has been setting up a residential cum workshop facility now welcoming 36 residents. The NGO organizes annual holidays outside Pune, including out of India. It also sets up an Adventure Club for mentally challenged persons and organizes activities like high altitude trekking in the Himalayan region, para sailing, para gliding, etc. Navskshitij is paying attention to make its beneficiaries constantly interact with the mainstream society. It is also raising awareness about the problems of mentally challenged persons and about what they can do when they are given support. The need is great, but residential facilities are expensive and need lot of financial as well as human and technical resources, so Navskshitij cannot host a big number of inmates. Currently there are 36 residents. In its residential center, Navskshitij is organizing three types of activities for its beneficiaries: 1. Workshop activities: making chocolates, candles and floaters, tie & dye products, paper lanterns, handmade paper bags and eco-friendly jewellery. 2. Adventure Activities: High altitude trekking, jungle trekking, monsoon trekking, moonlight trekking, trekking in the hills and forts near Pune; Climbing Competition Parvati Hill close to Pune; Holidays outside Pune; Participation in sports competitions held by other organisations for the mentally challenged. 3. Music, dance and drama classes, performances for an invited audience, and the Annual Natya Mahotsav, a Drama Competition for mentally challenged people. Navskshitij is willing to expand its activities and open a second shelter unit to be able to help 60 mentally challenged adults and their families.