Nityaasha Foundation is a registered, charitable trust founded by Mr. Farook Merchant and the Messung Group of Companies. It is led by a Managing Committee comprised of eminent and experienced members of society.
Nityaasha commenced its operations in Pune, India on 25th July 2013, with its 1 st Project “MADHURAASHA” for underprivileged children with Type 1 Diabetes or Juvenile Diabetes. The Foundation embarked into a 2nd Project “DIVYAASHA” on 28 th February’2015 for children with Epilepsy.
Type 1 Diabetes also known as Juvenile Diabetes, is an auto-immune disorder, where the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the Pancreas.
The Foundation’s 1st project “Madhuraasha” focuses on children with Type 1 Diabetes or Juvenile Diabetes between 0 – 18 years of age from the economically weaker section of society. At present there are 140 children under its care.
Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. Seizures may occur for many reasons, especially in children. Seizures in newborns may be very different than seizures in toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents. Seizures, especially in a child who has never had one, can be frightening to the parent or caregiver. One can live a long healthy and productive life like anybody else despite having Epilepsy. Learning about the do’s and don’ts can help to control seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system.
The Foundation embarked into a new project “Divyaasha” focusing on Children with Epilepsy. Presently 20 children are enrolled under this project.
The foundation takes care and supports such underprivileged children by giving them free medical aid along with counseling, dietary advice, training and monitoring to ensure sustained all round development. Nityaasha plans to increase awareness of the teachers, relatives, friends and classmates of the children covered under its care. The goal is to ensure that children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and Epilepsy should enjoy a fruitful and normal life just like any other child. The foundation is equipped with professionals, social workers, dieticians and trained counselors to provide the above services.
Nityaasha Foundation works in coordination with “Pediatric Endocrinologists” & “Pediatric Neurologists” from various hospitals in Pune, who refer needy children to the Foundation for assistance. For the selection criteria, home visits are conducted by social workers to assess the socio-economic status of potential patients. This is followed by final consent for registration from the Managing Committee.