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History of the House:
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 connivance 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 & 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 model. He established also 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 established also reach out centre at Koviloor. After Fr.Codello's death I 1990 at Koviloor, other Salesians like Fr.Joy Panckel, Fr.Anthonisamy etc., carried on the work. In 1997 thus the Veerapanur centre was set up through the role of the MSW department of Sacred Heart College, where now in
collusion with Vellore CMC hospitals, a de-addiction centre cum hospital is being planned.
In 1998, Fr.Solomon bought a 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.
Activities And Sectors
The Salesian Community at Don Bosco Tribal Developmental Society, Jamunamaruthur caters to the social and economic up-liftment of the tribals and other poor beneficiaries through community college, pastoral ministry, sangams, evening study centres and other animation programmes. The community also offers boarding facilities for the poor and deserving boys who undergo schooling at Government school.
Mission & Animation Centre. Social Ministry : Tribal Development Programmes - Organising Tribal Communities Skill Training Centre - Evening Study Centres - De-addiction programmes. Pastoral Ministry.
Don Bosco Tribal Development Society
Jawadhi Hills 635 703
(04181) 245 227 - House
(04181) 245 294 - Rector
P Alphonse Robert - R
P Amala Vinodh - Ic: Social Ministry
S Amalavanan Francis - PT 2
P Nicholas Saul - V/PP/St:Ph.D
P Regean Jude - A/Ds/YMC