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HISTORY OF THE DELHI BRANCH – VISHWAS

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HISTORY OF THE DELHI BRANCH – VISHWAS

The Richmond Fellowship Society Delhi branch was founded in 1999. When the late Dr. M.K. Khurana moved to Delhi, India, after retiring as a general practitioner in England, he was motivated by Ms. Jansen to found a branch in north India, where no such facility was available, despite the increasing need for psychosocial rehabilitation of patients. The Delhi Branch, which was named VISHWAS, was thus established. The name VISHWAS means faith or belief. Ms. Jansen initially arranged funds through a UK Lotteries Charity Fund to help kick-start VISHWAS in a rented accommodation in Gurugram. Later, Dr. Khurana, as the founder President of RFSI, Delhi Branch, donated considerable funds that helped in starting the Leena Khurana Day Care Centre (named after his younger daughter), and also donated a van to facilitate the transport requirements. Dr. Khurana passed away on June 2, 2018.

Besides Dr. Khurana, the other founding members include Dr. D.K. Mitra (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS), Dr. Satyavati Devi (Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital), Ms. Rangashri Kishore, Dr. S.K. Khandelwal (Ex-Professor; HOD of Psychiatry Department, AIIMS), late Mr. B.S. Mathur, Mr. S.N. Khurana, and Mr. J.C. Mehra. Dedicated services were also provided by the late Mr. P.C. Seth and the late Mr. V.S. Mathur. Mr. P.C. Rawal, retired IAS officer, helped in getting the land in Greater Noida at competitive rates. 

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After buying suitable land in Greater Noida, a custom-designed facility was constructed and in 2008, VISHWAS was relocated to this location, where it has been successfully running its Halfway home and Day Care Centre. The importance of this event is well-documented in the words of Ms. Elly Jansen:

The Path Towards Hope:

On a bright day in 2008, the founding members ceremonially broke the ground and laid the foundation of the present building of RFS VISHWAS, and consequently, gave a path of hope to individuals and families in need of such services.

The occasion was momentous not only for the members in India, but also for the founder of the international organization. Here is the letter she wrote to Dr. M.K. Khurana, congratulating the team when the foundation of VISHWAS was laid at the present location.

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