This is a care home for life to the poor and destitute women who are mentally challenged and physically handicapped, a monument to the late metropolitan of blessed memory Joseph Mar Pachomios(+19th August 1991) of the Diocese of Kandanad.The foundation stone of Pratheeksha Bhavan was laid on 16th May 1993 by H.G.Mathews Mar Severios,Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad at Palakuzha Catholicate Centre near Koothattukulam, in the Ernakulam District ,about 15 KM south of Muvattupuzha in the M.C road and 43 KM north of Kottayam. The Land belongs to the Malankara Orthodox church. The St.Gregorios Orthodox Youth League of the St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Muscat in 1993 contributed Rs. One Lakh initiating the project .On 17th March, 1994 H.H. Baselios Marthoma Mathews II, the Catholicos blessed the beginning of the construction. The wholehearted financial help and support from St. Thomas Orthodox Church -Dubai, St. George Orthodox Church -Abu Dhabi, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church -Sharjah, and Congregation at Al-Ain in 1994, St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral, Madras in 1995 helped us to inaugurate the functioning of Pratheeksha Bhavan on14th January, 1996 admitting five inmates. Since then the glorious and divine ministry of serving the needs of the mentally challenged women is being perpetuated by the dedicated Sisters of St. Mary's Convent, Kizhakkambalam.Continued help from the members of the above parishes as well as Orthodox parishes in Kerala, St .Stephen's Orthodox Church Gandhidham, St. Mary's Orthodox Church, Bahrain, St.Gregorios Church at London, St. Thomas Church at Houston, Orthodox Church at Singapore, parishes of our Kandanad Diocese through daily donating Box Collection helped us to complete the construction of the two storied building with aluminum roof overhead in 1998. At present we have 44 inmates served by 8 staff members under the dedicated leadership of Rev. Sr. Ruth and Sr. Grace from Kizhakambalam convent.
We have transferred 4 inmates to Karunalayam at Adupputty and 4 inmates to Ashabhavan at Othara which are our sister institutions similarly taking care of the mentally challenged women. Inmates are involved in job orientation under the direction of our staff in making Candles, Soaps, Umbrellas and other handicrafts like tailoring and making fancy items. They are also involved in agriculture cultivating various items in their daily food in very limited land .They maintain a good garden. They have every day Physical exercises as well as sports and games.
They participate every year in the district sports for the special schools at Ernakulam and win prizes. Every year they have arranged tour to various important sights seeing in Kerala. August 15th or nearing Sunday will be their annual celebrations in which they perform various cultural activities very similar to other normal people. Every day they have prayers at Morning, Noon, Evening and Bedtime. They observe all the Lents and fasting and every Saturday and Sunday they participate in Holy Qurbana. Their health care is done voluntarily by Drs. Roy Cherian, Leena Cherian, and Dental Surgeon Dr. Siju.
There are many well wishers who regularly visits Pratheeksha Bhavan from India and abroad including Church Dignitaries, Social workers and spiritual organizations of various religious institutions as well as secular clubs. Each and every one of them contribute generously for the welfare of the inmates like feasts on special occasions(birth day, wedding anniversary ,Christmas Easter, Onam, Wedding, memorial days of parents or other relatives, Baptism, New house blessing, Job promotions, healing from diseases etc.),agricultural products and provisions. There are many well wishers who have sponsored the inmates contributing Rs.10, 000 for the expense of one inmate every year. We are happy to note that our 'Pratheeksha Family'is well secured in the merciful hands of Almighty God.