On Tues, 28th February, 2017 Ganga Prem Hospice opened officially inaugurated its residential facility in Rishikesh. This joyous event is the culmination of a 10 year dream - inspired by Nani Ma and Dr A.K. Dewan.
Situated at Village Gohri Maphi, in Raiwala area of Rishikesh, the building's East Wing has thirty-four rooms, and will be able to serve 15 terminally ill in-patients.
With around ninety people - staff, volunteers, donors, supporters and friends - in attendance on a spring Tuesday forenoon, the ceremony was small and warm as Hospice building construction sponsors - two well-respected public sector companies in India - inaugurated their respective floors of the building. Everybody was happy to hear from them about how they were knowledgeable about the concept and need of hospice care, and promised to continue their support to GPH.
We cannot thank our volunteers and supporters enough, who drove to Rishikesh from as far as Delhi, and others who were visiting Rishikesh from different countries. They cheerfully worked long hours setting things in order for the inauguration day. Even our doctors were not shy to pick up a cleaning mop or shine the glass windows.
All guests were given a guided tour of the Hospice building, which was followed by lunch. The building will be an eco-friendly facility, with rain water harvesting, decentralised wastewater treatment system (DEWATS), solar water heating, and a construction design which maximises natural light and air circulation.