Life Challenge has been helping individuals and families handle addiction issues since 2003. Having started as a 6 bed men’s residential program in Bangalore, the organization has since grown to offer a variety of addiction recovery and support services in different locations with a vision to reach India-South Asia and it’s Global Diaspora.
In 2002, Binush Mathew John & his wife Indira desired to open recovery programs in India. The United Nations reported that India had over 72 million users of drugs & alcohol. Binush & Indira pondered the vision for a year, and then requested his parents, Mr & Mrs PM John to help pioneer the work in India. Thus Life Challenge was born in 2003.
2004: The first Addiction Awareness Seminar was held in Kakching, Manipur
2005: Building was donated to start Kakching Life Challenge.
2006: Vellore Life Challenge was started in a rented school building in April 2006. Life Challenge International was formed as a 501c3 non profit corporation in the US. The first Public Awareness Rallies were held in Bangalore, Manipur & Vellore.
2007: Dimapur Life Challenge was launched in a rented facility. In June, a visit was made to Myanmar to conduct addiction awareness seminars. An US working committee was formed in San Jose, California to help with global operations.
2008: Life Challenge launched outreach efforts in the US, with addiction awareness seminars held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Houston & Orlando.
In Manipur, a HIV Relief Center for widows of addicts was launched to support the families affected by addiction.
2009: Kottarakkara Life Challenge was started in March 2009.
Life Challenge launched a national Community Awareness Campaign in India against addiction called the “Truth About Addiction.”
Seminars were also conducted in the UAE in Dubai, Ajman & Sharjah.
2010: Chennai Life Challenge was established by setting up of Children’s Life Clubs. Life Challenge launches the Children’s Rescue Mission to help children fight addiction through School Seminars and Children Life Camps in Nagaland, Manipur & Chennai.
2011: Prison Freedom Mission was launched in North India, with Life Challenge teams visiting Tihar Jail, Dimapur Jail and 4 other jails in Rajasthan. The first Prison Freedom Camp was held for 3 days inside a Rajasthan jail.
Kota Life Challenge was established as a 20 bed center in a donated building.