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Fr. Angelo Codello, the Italian missionary arrived at Jawadhi Hills from Katpadi after his ministry there, in 1976. Having built many institutions and churches all over the province, he had also laboured in collaboration with “Come Noi” Italian funding agency to bring respite to the poor farmers of North Arcot. Before 1984, he had dug 34 wells, 2 major lakes, 14 smaller lakes, besides constructing a model dairy farm and training youngsters in carpentry, mechanics and farming.
Thus, Jawadhi Hills became a model to be studied by all colleges from all over Tamil Nadu who came to learn from the experience. He also established an agricultural cooperative, an elementary school, a high school, a teachers' training school and a 20-bed hospital, a post office, a bank etc., Interceding on behalf of the tribals, he contacted government officials and was instrumental in securing government development projects.
A mobile clinic with a doctor was set up in 1984. He also established a reach-out centre at Koviloor. After Fr. Codello's death in 1990 at Koviloor, other Salesians like Fr. Joy Panckel, Fr. Anthonisamy, carried on the work. In 1997 the Veerapanur centre was set up through the role of the MSW department of Sacred Heart College, where now, in collaboration with Vellore CMC Hospitals, a de-addiction centre-cum-hospital is being planned.
In 1998, Fr. Solomon bought land at Thombareddy and subcentre residential buildings were put up for boardings at Perumalai, Puliyur, Veerapanoon and Koviloor. Fr. Anthonisamy was instrumental in organising people into societies in villages and set up 60 village sangams covering 7 panchayat areas in 3 taluks and 2 districts. Today with collaborative religious like the FMA, Medical Mission Sisters, Sacred Heart Brothers & Sisters, the mission work at Jawadhi is set to reach out to more.
Don Bosco Tribal Development Society
Jawadhi Hills 635 703
(04181) 245 227 - House
(04181) 245 294 - Rector
Mission & Animation Centre. Social Ministry: Tribal Development Programmes - Organising Tribal Communities Skill Training Centre - Evening Study Centres - De-addiction programmes. Pastoral Ministry.