The largest Non-Governmental Organization in India affiliated with the Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment for over 34 years of service having 76 varied facilities in 14 States and growing. Focus on working among people afflicted with chemical dependency & HIV infection; especially female and teen addicts in the age group of 15 – 21 years of age. Also a care provider to street children and children of CSW's( Commercial Sex Worker). Training and research in Chemical Dependency, Rehabilitation and HIV/AIDS, offering a broad spectrum of services to the community, facilitating law enforcement agencies, educational institutions and other academic institutions that are involved in Human Services through 'awareness' and training programs. Also involved in ongoing research on addiction & HIV/AIDS & providing innovative methods of Alternative and Holistic healing through the use of Iyengar Yoga.
The priority projects of Kripa in this year 2015 /2016 is the setting up of shelter for the Teen age Sex Workers in Dharavi. We are also in the process of creating our own facility in Shillong since our rented home is in dilapidated conditions. This centre will provide rehabilitation to the youth especially the growing female addicts in the North East. Our work in the remote villages of India like Zuneboto in Nagaland and Mokhada in Maharashtra will also be strengthened by this collection. Our on- going work with HIV patients especially the children both afflicted and affected by the HIV Parents in VRACS (Vasai Region AIDS Control Society) will be given nutrition, support and education at our Kripa AIDS project in Vasai, District Palghar, Maharashtra We also support children of addicted parents to further their studies and fifteen of these are in universities Twelve Adivasi Tribal Boys are being supported totally for their boarding and lodging as they come from remote Maharashtra to pursue their University studies. Lastly, setting up a Rehabilitation Facility for teen addicts and HIV care in Mangalore will be our priority with the funds we collect at the Marathon.
Norman started taking drugs at the tender age of 16. Initially he started it because of boredom, but then went into high usage as he could not cope with his studies. His friends circle changed, he frequented clubs and parties where drugs were freely available. He never really had difficulty for finance as he was lucky at cricket match betting's, which helped to pay for his 'using'. Drugs gave him a false high, with self-will running riot, and he used to experience a great physical energy, dreaming of wonderful fantasies, leaving him often in a state of trance. It did not give him any pain at first and he did it just for fun. He was an active addict for two years which gradually resulted in attention deficiency disorders and erratic impulsive behavior. His working parents had no clue as to what was going on in his life and his poly drug affair got worse with him visiting Goa and involving himself in the nightlife there.
His addiction came to light when he was visited by his parents in Goa. They were both shocked and helpless since they knew nothing about Chemical Dependency. That's when they turned to Kripa Foundation for help. Seeing their concern and worry, Norman accepted that he needed help and embraced the Kripa model. After vigorous counseling and completing the Rehab program at Kripa Foundation, Norman regained a sense of responsibility. Today he does his bit as an 'Experiential Role Model', motivating and helping others with their recovery.
He says "One of the strong reasons for me quitting drugs was my mother. Although she has been suffering from leukemia since the last seven years, yet she remained strong and supported me".