JEEVAN ASHA (HOPE OF LIFE)
Non-religious Charitable Trust,
"Come, O blessed of My Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I
was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger
and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me,
I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you
came to Me."
Inspired by the works of mercy mentioned in the Bible
in Matthew chapter 25, the Jeevan Asha Ministries began
in April 1997. Following Christ's teaching and inspired
by His own ministry, Jeevan Asha strives to follow the
I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME
Our Pro-life Ministry seeks, not just to educate and
make people aware of the terrible crime of abortion,
but also helps them in making a decision contrary to
abortion. In circumstances where they are unable to
look after the baby, we opt to care for the baby. We
have been successful in saving babies who would have
been aborted. In some instances, the mothers were seriously
ill and doctors were advising abortion, but after prayer
they had safe deliveries and normal babies. In other
instances, the babies were said to be abnormal and therefore
mothers were opting for abortion. Through prayers the
babies were normal and the mothers happy. We have saved
a number of babies and some of them have been given
for adoption. The pregnant women in distress handled
so far were kept at residential places under the care
of volunteers who looked after their needs throughout
the term of pregnancy and at childbirth too. This, of
course was done confidentially and the mothers legally
abandoned their babies and moved on with their lives.
The babies were well cared for and then sent in for
adoption. All this involved a lot of effort and inconvenience
and at times it was very difficult to get the right
place at the right time. It is but inevitable that a
place exclusively maintained for this purpose be established,
to cater to and provide for every need of 'the mother
and child' entrusted to our care. This aspect will soon
see light as we are working on a Pro-life Project (Crisis
pregnancy centre) at village Wadghar 6 Kms from Vrajweshwari
(outskirts of Mumbai). This Project includes a ground
plus one structure which will house the Shelter Home
and Post Natal Care Unit. It will also include medical
facilities such as the Labour Room and Operation Theatre.
A farm on the premises will provide the grocery requirements
(milk, eggs, vegetables and meat). Every effort will
be made to provide a suitable home for each child through
adoption, but in cases where the child will have no
adopting parents, we will look after and tend with care
the little ones entrusted to us.
Giving the babies Hope through Jeevan Asha.
We rescue and rehabilitate prostitutes by giving them
alternative jobs and accommodation, kindling in them
the desire to live a normal and dignified life. We have
already reached out to some of them, providing them
with jobs along with accommodation.
Giving hope to these unfortunate sisters, by giving
them an opportunity through Jeevan Asha.
Our Literacy Programme works with the adult illiterates
and is an effort to help them in their daily work.
It uses a method devised by Bob Rice, an American, who
has successfully applied this method to various languages
around the world. Some of the illiterates who came for
help were taught to read and write Hindi or Marathi
at the Jeevan Asha Office. The Adult Literacy Programme
was conducted at the Sunder Nagar Slums (Colaba,Mumbai)
at the Jeevan Asha Office there. Every Saturday some
women residing in the slums were taught at the centre.
Giving the illiterates hope by dispelling
the darkness of illiteracy through Jeevan Asha.
We have a great desire to have an institute for the
aged, destitute, and the oppressed for whom no one cares.
We wish to care for them and look after them with love.
We wish to fill their lives with hope.
Giving hope to the hopeless with Jeevan
I WAS NAKED AND YOU CLOTHED ME
We receive a lot of good house hold articles and sparingly
used clothes from well wishers Distributing these clothes
and household articles to the needy at the above mentioned
Sunder Nagar Slums and at the Jeevan Jal Prayer Meetings
is a way of reaching out to the poor and taking the
love of God to them. We also have plans to feed the
hungry of the streets by supplying free meals in a mobile
van thus reaching as many as possible by filling their
emptiness with hope.
Giving the needy hope, by satisfying them
with Jeevan Asha.
I WAS SICK AND YOU VISITED ME
We visit the bedridden in homes and hospitals, counseling
and comforting them in their hours of despair. In our
fast world, the slow and disabled (permanent /temporary)
are easily neglected. Prayer, coupled with faith, has
very often brought God's long awaited blessings to these
Taking God's peace and comfort to these
suffering people through Jeevan Asha is our aspiration.
I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU CAME TO ME
Visiting the prisons and reforming the prisoners is
undertaken by the Prison Ministry. We had been visiting
the Arthur Road Prison (Mumbai) and given moral lectures
in the youth barrack there. We also have follow-up services
with some prisoners after their release. Some of the
foreign prisoners have great difficulty in finding accommodation
after their release, during the transit period (while
they wait to reach home). In the past, we have accommodated
these brothers in our office so that they may be protected
from facing further problems. We have future plans of
giving them accommodation in a separate place. We have
visited the Yervada Central Prison, Yervada Open Prison
(Pune), the Nasik Central Prison, Paithan Open Prison
(Aurangabad), Sawantwadi District Prison, Sholapur District
Prison, Dhule District Prison, Akola District Prison,
Kolhapur Prison, Visapur Prison and Ratnagiri District
Prison conducting moral lectures for the benefit of
the prisoners there. We also correspond with some of
the prisoners there, guiding and encouraging them. There
are 35 prisons in Maharashtra and we have been granted
permission to visit all the 27 district prisons and
the 8 Central prisons of Maharashtra. We have also applied
for permission to visit the other Central Prisons in
the country. We wish to reach out to all the prisons
in the country. We have, on some occasions, distributed
soaps, toothpastes and literature. In the past we were
able to help a few prisoners after their release to
avail the facility of sponsored professional courses.
We have a proposed project to work with the women prisoners
at the Nasik Prison, training them with some trades
with which they can be rehabilitated in the future,
after their release. Giving hope to the
prisoners, replacing the despair in their lives with
Reaching out to every unfortunate person directed to
us by God, Jeevan Asha moves on, trusting in His
In His Service,