When Mrs. Sood founded ISSA, she thought in this journey the children will be given a new life, hence she named the foundling Home – Nava Jeevan.
Nava Jeevan” has had many addresses. After the society was formed in the year 1975, we met the Secretary of Welfare who referred us to the were referred to the Department of Health. From 1976 children started getting referred to us from the Government run hospitals. To begin with, children were kept the children at Park View Nursing Home on Park Street. We express our gratitude to Dr. Khatun, without whose efforts & contribution, this would not have been possible.
However, we soon sensed that we need our own Home; thus on 2nd January 1982, we rented a small apartment from Mobile Medical Unit of AIWC in Thakurpukur. We called this Home ‘Nava Jeevan’. Located in the southern fringes pf the city, we soon felt that this single floor was not enough thus another floor (roof rights) was purchased from AIWC.
Towards the end of 1988, we started facing problems in the Home and we were no longer able to run the Home satisfactorily. At this point, we realized that we were entrusted with the care of very small and vulnerable babies who were fragile and very tiny. We had to provide a very high level of nursing to be able to take care of the little ones. Therefore, we began looking for rented premises of our own. We found a double storied house in Behala at Bramho Samaj Road and we immediately got the Home ready. From 1989 onwards, we stayed at these premises under the supervision of Mrs Chabi Mukherjee, the Superintendent.
Beautiful memories are associated with this Home. We had many adoptions taking place and the doctors, nursing staff, caregivers kept very high standards in the Home. The Home was under the medical supervision of the late Dr. Ashoke Chatterjee and we had many a dignitaries from India and abroad visiting our Home. Though rented, the whole building was ours and we could maintain and set high standards for ourselves. However, this too was not our permanent address. One afternoon, all of a sudden, the first floor balcony of the Home caved in. There were six children on the lower flower at that time. Fortunately, there was no injury but we felt that the lovely old building was no longer safe. Overnight we found ourselves homeless again and started looking for new premises.
We looked around for premises. This time we were looking to purchase our own place as we felt it was time to consolidate our home at one place. We also felt that our own premises would give an opportunity to make the Home ‘a home with a difference’. Temporarily, again through Mrs. Ashoka Gupta we were allowed to use one cottage at the SOS Village in Salt Lake and we kept the children who required constant medical attention at a nursing home in South Kolkata. We had to look for a ready-made house since the time was short.
We found a double storied house at the eastern fringe of the city. Located just off the main road, on the newly constructed Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, the house was located at a completely residential area considerably less polluted than in the heart of the city. In March 1998, we moved into our new premises at P 41, Sector A, Metropolitan Co-operative Housing Estate, Kolkata 700 105.
Nava Jeevan now located at the same premises is working as a Specialised Adoption Agency under the Central Adoption Resource Authority Government of India. It is registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. The Home has a sanctioned capacity of 40 children. The Home has a Medical Care Unit for very small babies, dormitories and rooms for children, an activity room, an Adoption Resource Centre for Prospective Adoptive Parents and office space.