On 9th of August 1863, visionaries and eminent citizens
of Pune Including Sardar Raste, Mr. Kibe, Mr. Natu,
Mr. Gokhale founded this institution, more than 140
years ago, way ahead of time with the cause to take
care of the destitute elderly.
Inspired by their efforts, noted philanthrophist late
Sir David Sasoon gave large donation of Rs. 25,000.
The generous citizen fraternity from all across Pune
city spontaneously contributed collective donation of
rs. 75,000. for the noble cause, followed by an additional
contribution of Rs. 25,000, again from Sri. David Sasoon.
All this initial support helped lay a sound foundation
to the Aslyum.
Acknowledging the noble humane gesture of support, the
Aslyum was unanimously and aptly named after Sir David
Davi Sasoon Infirm Asylum had a chequered journey over
the years until it has emerged in its present pleasant
appearance. For many years it was used as a begger’s
home by authorities. But thanks to the incessant efforts
of Dr. Moreshwar narayan Natu (Abasaheb) and his associates
for the forby odd years that the transformation has
‘Niwara’ – David Sasoon Anath Pangu
Gruha is a Charitable Trust devoted wholly and entirely
to the welfare of old men and women, who donot have near relatives
like spouse, son/daughter, have no home to live in and
no source of livelihood. In other words, Niwara ( which
means ‘loving home’) offers home to the
real destitutes in the society and once they are admitted
as inmates the Trust take care of these elder till the
end of journey; the vaikuntha crematorium ironically
enough, just beyond the boundary walls! But then inside
it is a different panorama altogether.