|The name board on the main building|
|The road to H D Kote|
A crowd had gathered near the entrance - outpatients who had arrived from nearby villages and tribal areas. Two members of the ream generously offered to take me around the place before we got down to business.
|The entrance to the residential unit|
|Sudha Murthy handing over the keys|
The staff have tended the land and managed to grow a host of useful plants and trees: coconuts, bananas, turmeric, guavas, mangoes and other fruits and vegetables. The place also has sheds for donated cows and rabbits. We were offered fresh tender coconut water while we went around.
|Sheds for livestock|
|A bore-well to draw ground water|
|The main entrance to the place|
H D Kote itself is a stone's throw away from Nagarahole National Park, and is known for its elephant training camps. This is also the reason why I found electric fence all around the Chittadhama periphery - to keep out rogue elephants.
|The electric fence|
|The Trusts's vision statement|
|The Trust's mission statement|
|The onsite pharmacy dispensing free drugs|
Overall, it was an uplifting experience, and I felt as though I had contributed, however insignificantly, to a noble cause. I am just grateful to the the founders of the Trust for allowing me to help the homeless mentally ill patients. I hope I will be able to continue my visits to this ongoing health camp every month in the future.
(PS: I have not included pictures of residents and outpatients to preserve confidentiality)