NEST is a voluntary nonprofit, ISO 9001 : 2008 certified organization, established at the small town KOYILANDY in Kozhikode district. It was formed to take care of the terminally ill, ‘sent-away’ patients, trying to alleviate their pain and making their last days a little more comfortable. Begun in 2005 with 5 volunteers and 4 patients, NEST has now 2000+ active volunteers and thousands of bed-ridden patients to look after. The NEST community support was recognized by international entities like BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-12352494), The intervention of NEST has brought about an impressive change in the lives of the patients. Data show that the number of aged parents neglected by their own families has decreased considerably. Our intention is to raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical,– of people living with life limiting diseases and their families.
In 2012, NEST undertook another great mission – the caring of challenged children. The Caring unit for Children is offering rehabilitation and medical support for children with multiple disabilities and low functioning. This unit has children with Physical disabilities, Speech & Hearing impairment, Learning disability and autism, cerebral palsy etc. Now we have 140 students at this centre getting required trainings/therapies/education from qualified teachers.