Good News Asha Bhavan is a rehabilitation centre for mentally challenged persons who are rejected by their families and relatives. Good News Asha Bhavan is owned and operated by St. Paul Province of Heralds of Good News. Heralds of Good News is a Missionary Society of Priests, founded in Andhra Pradesh, India in 1984 by Very Rev. Fr. Jose Kaimlett. Heralds of Good News priests are engaged in seminary formation, parish pastoral works, running destitute homes, orphanages, spiritual retreat ministry, etc.
Recognizing the desperate and pathetic situation of the mentally challenged people around, the provincial administration after due prayer and consultation ventured into this ministry, though in a humble way. Since 2010 we have been running this centre in a beautiful location at Vagamon. Vagamon provides very good atmosphere for the mentally challenged. Since the facilities have been limited we have been able to admit only a small number of patients. We have a group of personnel that support this mission by providing the inmates adequate and effective treatment.
Good News Asha Bhavan is registered under the Board of control for Orphanages and other charitable homes, Government of Kerala (Reg No: 1756/2011).
This home for the destitute and abandoned mental patients aims at rehabilitating them through medical treatment and all the other means the Church offers for the physical and spiritual healing of her children.
This home relies in the providence of God for its day to day maintenance
It is managed by priests of Heralds of Good News. The daily spiritual exercises include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Holy Mass and rosary
Good News Asha Bhavan is located at Vagamon, a place of exquisite beauty and healthy atmosphere. Vagamon is known for its grassy mountainous landscape with slowly rolling plains. It is at the heart of the Sahya Mountains, which run parallel to India’s south west coast. It is a place sanctified by the breeze which flows softly across the valleys and by the overwhelming beauty of the creation. Here one lives with nature.
The inmates make intercessory prayers for the sanctification of the world and especially for those who have requested for prayers.
Activities play an important role in the process of psychological healing. Involvements in different activities keep them motivated and give them a sense of usefulness. It helps them to be conscious of some of their talents and abilities and be proud of them. The goal is to lead them to normal and productive life in the community. They work alone and in groups.