38 lives restored

Updated: Jan 4


On 25 December 2020, Snehalaya started Sneh-Manoyatri Rehabilitation Center for homeless psychiatric patients in our Himmatgram, Islak, Ahmednagar. In its first year, the team has treated 38 mentally ill people from across 12 Indian states, locating their often long-lost families and reintegrating them back in their families. In addition, we helped rehabilitate another 32 patients with like-minded organizations working for mental health.

The project’s primary objective is to rehabilitate the mentally-challenged patients found on the streets. We bring them into the center, give them proper psychiatric treatment, and reintegrate them into their own families. We provide necessary guidance & follow-up for successful family life. Mental illness medications are sent to them as and when needed.

Psychiatrist couple Dr Smita and Dr Bharat Vatwani have successfully rehabilitated over 10,000 patients through Shraddha Rehabilitation Foundation (Karjat, District Raigad). Dr Bharat Vatwani is a Raman Magsaysay awardee from 2018 for his dedicated services. This initiative gets their inspiration, collaboration and guidance.

Snehalaya, Shraddha Foundation, Mrs Dipti, and Dr Neeraj Karandikar Hospital, Anamprem, Spandan Counseling Center, Ahmednagar District Government Hospital and others started Sneh, an initiative for the mentally ill.


A youth camp for mental illness was organized at Sneh Project from 23 to 26 January 2021. The nature of the causes and treatment of mental illness, the duty of society to protect the rights of the mentally ill, awareness and training of the youth are continuously imparted through this project.


This year we have completed one successful year of this initiative. On 25 December 2021 “MANOUTSAV” program was organized by Snehalaya at Sneh-Manoyatri Rehabilitation Center, Islak, Ahmednagar.


At this time, “Timiratuni Tejakade,” a book on mental illness, edited by Bhushan Deshmukh, was published at Sneh-Manoyatri Center.