Who we are

On 29 June 2000 the organization “Maa Madhuri Brij Varis Sewa Sadan, Apna Ghar” was established at village Bajhera, District Bharatpur of Rajasthan (India), only 40 k.m away from world-famous Taj Mahal Agra by Dr. B.M.Bhardwaj and Dr. Madhuri Bhardwaj. To serve the homeless helpless destitute sick persons who are facing a very painful phase of life, the Organization established ‘Apna Ghar.’ Ashram (Residential home for destitute).

Along with their helpmates, Dr. Bhardwaj couple is continuing their mission to give homage, hope and happiness to homeless, destitute, oppressed, helpless, abandoned, mentally and psychically sick, injured, infected, old aged and dying condition persons. These persons are generally found on the railway station, bus stand, religious and other public places in very unhygienic, critically diseased and painful condition. Nobody comes forward to help or even to touch them. So due to lack of food, medicine, and care, their condition becomes more and more critical and even they generally go towards lingering and painful death. All of our efforts are to reduce their pain, save their lives and give them a homely environment with Food, Shelter, and medical Treatment without any charges. After recovery, the Organization rehabilitates them in various ways so that they can live with respect and dignity and also they can stand themselves in the mainstream of society.

There are 31 Apna Ghar Ashrams are running presently in 7 States of India and one in Kathmandu Nepal where more than 6000 such types of Prabhuji (Inmates) are being residing and being served by the Organisation.

What we do

The Organisation is working for the homeless, helpless, hopeless, destitute persons generally found in very harsh and painful conditions on roadsides, railway stations, bus stands, religious and other public places. Having been neglected by society, without food, water, and clothing, they generally go towards lingering death. Without proper treatment and wound care, they are frequently found infested with maggots. The Organisation runs residential homes by the name 'ApnaGhar Ashram', where all facilities like treatment, food, clothing, personal care, and medical/surgical treatments are provided free of cost, with the support and generosity of the society.
There are 34 such ApnaGhar Ashrams at present within 7 states of India, including one in Kathmandu, Nepal. In all these Ashrams 6125 (Male 3778+ Female 2347) prabhujis (inmates) are residing at present and being served by the organization in which 3172 (Male 1415+Female 1757) are residing at ApnaGhar Ashram Bharatpur (The Headquarter of the Organisation). The prabhujis (inmates) are suffering from conditions such as mental illness, intellectual disabilities, HIV+, visual loss, deafness, fractures, leprosy, TB, Asthma, and epilepsy old. There are no age limits for our residents, and we have both children and the elderly. We also provide shelter, nutrition, and medical care for more than 250 sick and injured cows, dogs, cats, monkeys, donkeys, horses, Neelgay, peacock, parrots and other birds at our Bharatpur Ashram.
The inmates living in ApnaGhar Ashrams are referred to as ‘Prabhuji (forms of God) Our prabhujis (inmates) are generally those individuals who have been abandoned, due to the degradation of moral values in society. The services offered by our Ashrams, and the organization, attempts to re-establish the moral values of caring for the downtrodden and the most vulnerable individuals in our society. Many visitors who have come to our Ashrams have left feeling inspired, especially by the work of our dedicated volunteers.
The Organisation provides opportunities for the public to get involved not only by financial contributions but also in the form of voluntary service for our residents, helping in the day to day to running of the Ashrams and providing administrative support. The Organisation operates in a very transparent manner and visitors are struck by the conviction and dedication of the staff who are offering services at ApnaGhar Ashrams. The organization has opened up its doors to all those individuals who wish to offer something back to society, in the form of selfless service.

How we works

The helpless or destitute persons who are the focus of our work, are unable to make their own way to the Ashrams. We have dedicated ambulances, paramedics, and special rescue teams who work closely also with the police and other government organizations. At Bharatpur Ashram our rescue team covers an area up to the threshold of 400 km and in our other Ashrams, the rescue team covers an area of about 100 km from the Ashram base. Our Ashrams will accept referrals for prabhuji’s anywhere in India, who are found in a critical condition or in exceptional circumstances. Following the admission of prabhujis to our Ashramas, and after they have received the necessities of life and appropriate treatment for their ailments, attempts are made towards rehabilitation with their families, with the help of administration and police. The organization has set up ApnaGharSewaSamitis and helplines, within different geographical locations in the country, where prabhujis can be picked up and brought to the nearest ApnaGhar Ashram. Presently 34 Samitis and 58 ApnaGhar Helplines are running throughout India, by our Organisation.

Staff and Volunteers

Patient centered care is being provided on an individual basis to every Prabhu Ji and the animal shelter (JeevSewa) is also run on the same principle. More than 600 employed staff & more than 1000 volunteers are involved in the provision of services for the prabhujis in all 34 Ashrams. 37 type qualified and trained staff ( Chief Administrative Officer, Administration Officer Finance & Implementation, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Nursing Staff, Lab Technician, Ward in charge, Supervisor, Caretaker, Multi-Purpose Worker, Cooks, Washermen, GateKeeper, Visit in-charge, Tailor, Gopalak, Veterinary Compounder, Gardener, Watchman, Building Supervisor, Computer Operator, Cashier, Accountant, Purchase clerk, Storekeeper, Office Assistant, Receptionist, Software Engineer, Teacher, Sweeper, General In-charge, Peon, Telephone Operator, Trainer, Counsellor) are all offering their services in the Ashrams.

Medical facility

Most of the Prabhuji (Inmates) brought to the Ashram are suffering from different types of ailments. Hence medical/surgical treatment plays a significant part in the service we offer them. There is a team of doctors (physician, surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, pediatrician, Psychiatrist, physiotherapist, Eye Surgeon and Anaesthesia Doctor, Chest specialist, Psychologist, and Dental Surgeon) who are available to offer their services to our Bharatpur Ashram, as required on an urgent basis. For patients who are in a more critical condition, there is an arrangement with local hospitals where medical investigations and treatments (medical and surgical) are provided to our prabhujis. If there are cases that require specialist input, then they are sent to Medical College for treatment. Similar arrangements exist at our other Ashramas, where treatments of common ailments are provided by the Ashram staff.

Diet and Nutrition

Most of the prabhujis admitted in the Ashrams are either sick or malnourished. Therefore the diet arrangement is a very important and essential part of their recovery. With breakfast, lunch, refreshment and dinner, fruits, milk, and protein supplements are also made available to these prabhujis.

General Body, Executives/Office Bearers

The organisation has a General managing committee and Executive board at National level, the Headquarters of which are at Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Each Ashram, Samiti and Helpline have it separate General managing committee and Executive Board which manage all affairs pertaining to the Ashrams’ daily activities. They take their own decisions on how to run the Ashram. The Ashrams are monitored by designated ‘Ashram Coordinators’ who check the service activities of the Ashram as a whole and send their report relating to their observations, every month to the office bearers and executive team based at Bharatpur Ashram headquarters. If there are any serious issues regarding lapses in services reported by the Coordinator, appropriate action is taken to rectify this.

Worship and Recreation

The Prabhujis are living in the Ashrams belongs to different religions and casts. Therefore, the facilities for worship as per their religion and customs are made available at every home in the Ashram known as “SarveDharmPrarthnaSthal”. Recreation facilities such as TV, music system and different types of play equipment and instruments are available for the prabhujis.

Our Approach & Operating Model

The Prabhujis who are rescued require urgent attention to their personal care, therefore a rescue team consisting of (1 nursing staff + 1 caretaker + first aid treatment kit + Bathing washing and hygiene kit + emergency medicine kit + clothing) with an Ambulance is available at every Ashram to attend to every case. The information of these prabhujis is generally received through members/volunteers of the organization, general public, police, administration, other NGOs, media, etc. There are 24X7 centralized helpline numbers 8599999911 / 22 working at the Bharatpur Ashram (HQ of the Organisation). The rescue team dispatch at once when any information about any prabuji is received. The team provide first aid, food, personal hygiene and bathing, clothing, etc. as per the necessity and pick up the helpless prabhuji from the spot, completing legal formalities from the concerning police station, following which, the Prabhuji is admitted to the Apna Ghar Ashram. They are taken to their allocated ward which has been identified as suitable for their needs, where they are provided with all facilities like bedding, medical treatment, food, clothing, personal care, and other necessities till the point that they recover fully. During the period of the prabhuji’s stay, efforts are made so that the prabhuji’s family can be traced. Breakfast is served at 7.30 AM, lunch at 11.30 AM, refreshment 2.30 PM and dinner at 6.30 PM made available to all prabhujis.

During treatment, as per their health and mental status, these prabujis also participate in different service activities such as cooking, washing, care for each other, cleaning, office work, medical support, general assistance, security, education, counseling to other Prabhu Ji, etc. Our prime objective is not only to satisfy their hunger but to cater to their emotional and psychological needs. We continue to counsel the Prabhu Ji to locate their whereabouts and family connections, taking the help of local services such as the Police. Once the family of the Prabhu Ji is traced, they are respectfully handed over to the custody of their family by completing necessary legal and documentation formalities. Our process can be summarised as the 3 ‘R’s i.e. Rescue – Rehabilitation – Reintegration.

Apna Ghar Ashram Bharatpur (Rajasthan), the headquarter of the Organisation, is one of the biggest institutions (Ashram) of its category regarding capacity, number of Prabhu Ji. (inmates), specification and specialties. More than 3000 Prabhu Ji are residing and taken care of in this Ashram at present. In this Ashram, not only the helpless human beings but also helpless accidental sick cows, other animals, and birds are providing treatment, care, and shelter.

To provide immediate services for every needy helpless sick person and their immediate rescue from spot there are 38 Apna Ghar Sewa Samities and 58 Helplines are presently working in various cities in India.

The object of the Organisation is to make these persons productive for their family and society, so after recovery, more than 20000 such Prabhu Ji has been rehabilitated to date in 23 different states of India including Nepal and Bangladesh.

Our Vision & Mission

VISION

To save every helpless hopeless sick person who is in harsh and painful conditions and going towards lingering death due to lack of help and support.

MISSION

To serve the living image of God by helping all those who are facing a hopeless and painful phase in life. The Organization is applying all efforts to save the lives of these persons with the blessing of almighty God. Apna Ghar provides a safe, secure, and homely environment with treatment, shelter, food, clothes and other necessity of life to these homeless helpless deprived sick persons.

Apna Ghar Ashram Genesis

The Village Sahroi of Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh. As a child studying in grade 6th. Dr. B.M BHARDWAJ saw an 85 years old man named Chiranjee Baba. He worked for the villagers of a cow herd. Chinranjee baba took the village animals out to feed them. In return, he got food and clothes. When he fell sick the villagers tried to help him whatever they could. In last he died in critical condition due to lack of proper treatment and care.

However, Dr. Bhardwaj realized that. What was missing causing his condition was that nobody took responsibility even though many villagers were available for help. This painful incident motivated him to start service for such type of persons. Dr. Bhardwaj’s life revolves around the case. While studying for homeopathy. He met his future wife Miss Madhuri. Who too shared the passion to help those in suffering destitute. She decided that they would not have own child in their life. And she will do service for those children who have not their parents or the parents not able to ward them or love them. The couple lives right at APNA GHAR. And with this mission on 29 June, 2000 established this organization.

Named “MAA MADHURI BRIJ VARIS SEWA SADAN “APNA GHAR.

Number Of Prabhuji (Inmates) In Apna Ghar Ashrams

S.No. Name Place No. of Inmates
1 Apna Ghar Bharatpur Rajasthan 3171
2 Apna Ghar Ajmer Rajasthan 103
3 Apna Ghar Kota Rajasthan 194
4 Apna Ghar Alwar Rajasthan 79
5 Apna Ghar Pooth Khurd Delhi Delhi 339
6 Apna Ghar Bikaner Rajasthan 116
7 Apna Ghar Kokilavan Uttar Pradesh 110
8 Apna Ghar Jodhpur Rajasthan 247
9 Apna Ghar Budhpur Delhi 270
10 Apna Ghar Sri Ganganagar Rajasthan 48
11 Apna Ghar Shamli Uttar Pradesh 108
12 Apna Ghar Pali Rajasthan 36
13 Apna Ghar Nokha Rajasthan 148
14 Apna Ghar Old Age Home Bikaner Rajasthan 155
15 Apna Ghar Deaf & Dumb School Ajmer Rajasthan 98
16 Apna Ghar Hindaun Rajasthan 49
17 Apna Ghar Bassi Rajasthan 76
18 Apna Ghar Hathras Uttar Pradesh 23
19 Apna Ghar Govardhan Uttar Pradesh 78
20 Apna Ghar Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh 28
21 Apna Ghar Firozabad Uttar Pradesh 42
22 Apna Ghar Dabra Madhya Pradesh 25
23 Apna Ghar Purulia West Bengal 146
24 Apna Ghar Shukratal Uttar Pradesh 95
25 Apna Ghar Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 52
26 Apna Ghar Meerut Uttar Pradesh 36
27 Apna Ghar Bhiwani Haryana 41
28 Apna Ghar Kathmandu Nepal 46
29 Apna Ghar Umta Gujarat 43
30 Apna Ghar Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 39
31 Apna Ghar Kolkata West Bengal 10