Ashadeep, an NGO from Assam, on October 10, opened a unique coffee shop at its Bamunigaon campus. Located in between Chaygaon and Boko, this coffee shop named Soul Food was inaugurated by the Judicial Officer of Kamrup Metro, Debashish Borah.
Supported by Selco Foundation and Renewable Energy Services, this coffee shop will be run by the former residents of the NGO, who were once under treatment and rehabilitation.
Started in the year 1996 by Mukul Chandra Goswami and his wife, Dr Anjana Goswami at their house, Ashadeep is now a renowned NGO of the state which works for the treatment and rehabilitation of the person having a mental illness.
Speaking to Fit Northeast, Mukul Chandra Goswami said, "Since its start, Ashadeep has given shelter and rehabilitation to almost 1040 people from different parts of India".
In this context, rehabilitation includes treatment and care after one is mentally stabilized. It was said that when the police and some other organization get some news of mentally unstable and homeless people lying in various places, they inform Ashadeep and bring them to their centre.
Speaking to Fit Northeast, Mukul Chandra Goswami said, "Since its start, Ashadeep has given shelter and rehabilitation to almost 1040 people from different parts of India"Ashadeep then gives them treatment and rehabilitation to recover from their mental illnesses. After being recovered after treatment, almost 950 people out of that 1040 have been sent back to their homes in good mental and physical conditions. And in contrast to that hardly 10% of the people preferred to stay back at Ashadeep due to various reasons.
Goswami said that the NGO has 40 beds for men and 25 beds for females. Along with providing them treatment, the NGO also offers various ways of livelihood generation programs for the people who had stayed back there.
Provisions have been made by engaging them in their projects of fisheries, poultry farming and a greenhouse setup where they grow and produce plants. The unique coffee shop is one of the livelihood initiatives taken by the NGO where the chief cook of the coffee shop came to this NGO around 12 years back and is still staying at one of the centres of Ashadeep.
Started in the year 1996 with a few members, the NGO is now a big family having a total of 73 staff which includes doctors and psychiatrists.
It was in the year 2014 when Mukul Chandra Goswami was honoured with the prestigious Padmashree Award for his noble services towards the betterment of society.