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Sanvedana Foundation is an Epilepsy Support Group, started on 22nd February 2004.Yashoda Wakankar, the founder of the group herself was suffering with epilepsy from childhood. So she knew the psychological condition of the concerned person and also her/his parents. So, after her successful brain surgery at Trivandrum, she decided to start such a group, where people with epilepsy can come together and help each other out of this disorder.

Sanvedana Foundation is a support group for people with epilepsy and by the people with epilepsy. Being a self help group, the members have a monthly meeting where they discuss their condition and their views on general problems arising because of it. Around 40 to 50 members attended these meetings regularly. Any new information published anywhere on epilepsy is shared here at this meeting. A new member if any is welcomed into the group. Also, when an old member returns after her/his surgery, she/he is congratulated and welcomed back in the group. Some times experts are invited to give lectures related to subjects, like ‘Yoga and Epilepsy’, ‘Diet and Epilepsy’, ‘Parenting’, ‘Hobbies’ etc.
Sanvedana Foundation has started a counselling centre as well. At our counselling centre, we have people coming from far and near, to share their problems and experience on epilepsy. They are many a time scared to do so in a group, so they prefer the counselling centre. We also counsel those who are living with epilepsy and are suffering with various problems. Since epilepsy disorder can occur in any age group, problems of all age groups are very different. We also counsel the epilepsy friends who want to undergo brain surgery. A detailed procedure of the operation, right from getting admitted to getting discharged from the hospital is explained.

Sanvedana Foundation is doing two innovative projects. And those are: Marriage Bureau for the People with Epilepsy, and the second is: Medicinal Help for the needy People with Epilepsy. We have written on these topics on the separate links.

People from Pune and the nearby rural areas attend these meetings, counselling centre and activities whole heartedly. After interacting with the core members and the counsellors of Sanvedna Foundation, more and more people with epilepsy are getting proper treatment and living positively. People are participating in our activities like epilepsy marriage bureau and epilepsy medicine project.

Due to the good and hard work of Yashoda and her colleagues, people have come to know what exactly this problem is, there are many more who don’t know about it. So, for this, we are soon planning to launch a campaign for the awareness about epilepsy, as we always do. We are going to help people understand what exactly this disorder is and that a person with epilepsy is just like any other person.

Our Trustees

Dr. Anil Awachat
Virupax Kulkarni
Tushar Sampat
Radhika Deshpande
Yashoda Wakankar

Co-ordinators

James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
Virginia M. GillisArt Director
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
Stephen J. BrownDesigner
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
Sarah C. BulgerFinancial investigator
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
Anna J. HowardCode Ninja
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder
Anna J. HowardCode Ninja
James M. GreinerCEO & Founder

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