The fitness center helps to empower individuals and allows them to escape cycles of addiction and poverty. Addiction to alcohol and tobacco is a pressing problem in many slum areas and it is a prevalent issue in the Tekro with dire repercussions on families. It not only leads to liver problems, lung cancer, and weakened immunity for the user, but also is detrimental to his or her family. As income is used to purchase alcohol, school fees go unpaid, family members are unfed, and children of users are forced to earn a daily wage to support the family. They become part of a vicious cycle, emulating their parents and spending their money to feed the very same addictions. As nutritious food becomes unaffordable, large sums of family finances have to be spent on health problems. Many alcohol and tobacco users thrust their families into instability as they do not have steady incomes an turn to their spouses to support their addictions, often leading to domestic violence.
The Tekro Fitness Center is able to act as a refuge from a society that encourages alcohol use, an education center where an individual can learn about the benefits of staying healthy, and a space that all members of the community can use as their own. It houses exercise tools and machines for community members to utilize and is used for body development and training, self-defense sessions, and to promote recreational activities. Currently, the gym has 40 regular members.
The Ramapir No Tekro Community Center was inaugurated in the spirit of community development four years ago. As a model for improving slums from within, the Community Center continues to be the venue from which the Tekro community is able to work toward its upliftment and promote communal harmony to lead to universal goodness. Manav Sadhna helps to host a variety of health, education, sanitation, nutrition, and community development programs for the community at the Center.