Don Bosco Anbu Illam – Kavarapettai


The History

The work for the street children was begun by Fr. M.C. Antony at Parry’s corner area when he started to work among the pavement dwellers and the children on the streets. He tried to alleviate their poverty by providing them with basic necessities, accommodated the children to St. Gabriel’s school and organized games and activities for them -eventually housing them at the Clive Battery facility.

The academic base for the work was laid by “The World of Paper pickers” – a research undertaken by Fr. Joe Fernandez SDB in 1979 as part of his academics in Madras School of Social Work. In May 1985, this project was officially commenced with pioneering work by Fr. M. Vincent Xavier, SDB who launched the “Don Bosco Anbu Illam”, to rehabilitate the rag pickers, working children and the children on the streets of Chennai and Head
Load Workers at Kothawal Chavadi Market & Parrys Bus Terminus.9551655544

In June 1985, a ‘One-Room House’ at 16, Malayappan Street, Mannady, Chennai.

was established as a Shelter Home for the rag-pickers, shoe shine boys, and other street children. This was on a piece of land measuring about 20 x 50 at the birth place of Shri Thambu Chetty, which belonged to St. Francis Xavier Church, Broadway but under the supervision of Holy Family Bajana Sabha. Gradually, contact booths were established at Central Station, Beach Railway Station, Murugan Theatre, Parry’s Corner and Mint areas. Anbu Illam was registered as Don Bosco Anbu Illam Social Service Society in 1986. The work expanded gradually and in
1987 the second Shelter Home was established at 23, Kulandai Street, Park Town, Chennai.

At Mannady, the following programmes were organized and registered:

• Don Bosco Anbu Illam Paper Pickers Co-operative Society.
• Don Bosco Anbu Illam Auto Workers Welfare Society.
• Don Bosco Anbu Illam head Load Workers’ Reach Out Programme (Flower
Bazaar area).
• Prevention of School Drop Out Scheme for slum dwellers as a
neighbourhood apostolate in George Town.

In 1991, Semi-rehabilitation Centre was opened at Anna Park, Cemetery Road, Royapuram for Rag Pickers, Boys who worked as Coolies in the railway stations and Runaway Children. The land for this Centre was leased to Don Bosco Anbu Illam by the Corporation of Madras. There were two unused Noon-Meal Scheme Sheds in the
land which could be utilized for our activities. This was the first NGO run Shelter Home, recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu for vagrant children. The NGO Forum of Chennai was established in this centre. This was also partially financed by the Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. In keeping with the changes in
time, Alternative Forms of Child Care are also being promoted with the twin objectives of de-institutionalizing child care and facilitating community participation in child care. Currently, Foster Care is being promoted.

The activities of DBAI has not been restricted to providing Residential Care for children at risk, but has expanded its vision to include the holistic development and empowerment of children in the society especially the Slum Children who are the most vulnerable. To achieve this vision, Slum Intervention Programmes and child rights promotion
activities are being undertaken, which includes, Children’s Parliament, Supplementary Education in the form of evening tuitions, Non-Formal Education, Awareness Creation Programmes and Vocational Training. To ensure community involvement in promoting child welfare, DBAI has been promoting Community Based Organizations in the form of Women Groups, Youth Groups, and Children’s Club etc. The slum intervention programmes have resulted in a strong rapport with the community.

DBAI is in its 28th year of existence and has been making a huge difference in the lives of over 25,000 thousand children at risk.

YaR Ministry: Kavarapettai Don Bosco Anbu Illam Social Service Society (Regd.) Govt. Recognised Home - Home Away from Home. Shelter Home for Street - Working Children and Children in Crisis -Boarding for the Marginalized. Technical Ed: ITC [SCVT & NCVT] (Computer, Welding, Electrician, Carpentry, Motor Mechanic, Fitter).


Don Bosco Anbu Illam
Home Away From Home
Bosco Nagar Panpakkam (Village)
Kavarapettai P.O. 601 206
Thiruvallur Dt.

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