One of the rooms at the Anima Retreat Centre at Baliguma, which will be opened soon. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Senior citizens and the mentally challenged, including children, can look forward to spending their weekends at a chic retreat on the foothills of Dalma.
A three-storeyed air-conditioned facility has specially come up for them at Baliguma, some 6km from Jamshedpur along the NH-33. The centre will be inaugurated shortly.
Anima Retreat Centre and Playschool, as it is being called, will provide free accommodation, food and transportation to the beneficiaries. Spread over 4,000sqft, the address boasts five rooms with attached western toilets and geysers on the first two floors.
The top floor has been made into a playschool for tribal children.
“The first two floors will accommodate inmates from Old Age Home in New Baradwari as well as their mentally challenged counterparts from Cheshire Home at Sundarnagar. They will be brought in batches of 15 each for spending their weekends at the retreat,” said P.N. Das, founder-cum-chairman of Anima Das Memorial Charitable Trust, which has set up the centre.
According to Das, the trust members will offer pick-and-drop facility to the guests. “The objective behind this initiative is to bring in enthusiasm in the lives of the elderly and the disabled and give them a feel of love, affection, care, comfort in natural surroundings,” Das said.
The beneficiaries can sing, pray, do yoga and meditation, watch TVs, play ludo, carom and cards and read books.
“There will be no let-up in the comfort quotient. We are providing mattresses, pillows and blankets to the beneficiaries. Male and female caretakers will attend to them,” said Sunny Das, a trustee.
Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be served.
“We will also reach out to the visually and hearing impaired in due course of time. We have further plans to construct a road off the highway so that the elderly and specials can be brought easily to the centre,” said Pratik Das, another trustee.