Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas
(FOR OLD AGED PERSONS AND NEEDY CHILDREN)
Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas at village Khanpur, Kharar (Punjab) is a project set up by `Nishkam’ over a period of six years (1993-99), with aid from Sadh Sangat of India, Kuwait, Europe, U.S.A. & Canada. The project is located at Gill Farm, Village Khanpur at Chandigarh Ludhiana Highway (NH95) at distance of 3 kilometers from Kharar. The land for the project was donated in 1993 by Sardar Jugraj Singh Gill (Ex- MLA, & Ex-Chairman of Punjab Mandi Board) & Late Sardarni Gurdev Kaur Gill (Ex-MLA) in loving memory of their sons Pilot officer Kanwarjit Singh Gill & S. Gurjit Singh Gill.
The need for such a project in Punjab was felt in wake of troublesome happenings in the State during 1980-1990 leading to unprecedented loss of precious young lives which resulted in lot of insecurity among elderly who suffered loss of their young sons and children who suffered loss of their fathers/parents. Presence of old aged persons and children together in Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas ensures a homely atmosphere for both and both cater to each other’s needs.
Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas consists of 36 residential rooms with attached bathrooms, dining hall & administrative-cum-medical block and can accommodate about 100 residents. Complete infrastructure is available which includes T.V & Leisure room, Gym facilities, Library, Garden and a Gurudwara Sahib and primary health centre, catering to the health needs of people in the nearby villages as well.
In Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas, old aged persons above 60 years of age and children aged between 5 to 12 years are admitted. Preferably children of widows/single parents/ orphans/handicapped parents are admitted and in rare cases, children of very poor parents, who are not in a position to afford education of their children are admitted.
Though the children are provided all facilities free of charge, the old aged persons have to pay according to their capacity, subject to a maximum of Rs. 1800/- per month.
The affairs of the Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas are managed by a Local Project Committee headed by S. Jugraj Singh Gill. Mata Gujri Sukh Niwas has full time Manager, Assistant Manager, cook, guard, gardener & Helpers.