Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan in KochiSneha Bhavan, an initiative to provide a safe roof and living for the destitute children, is a part of Don Bosco network. The organisation, with the help of Cochin Municipal Corporation was established in 1974. The main aim of Sneha Bhavan was to rehabilitate children from the street and provide them all the basic facilities and dignity.
Not just street children, the organisation also provides shelter to youths at risk such as child labourers, child beggars, abused children, children from dysfunctional families, youth in conflict with the law and run away children. Through its various community projects and five core rehabilitation centres, Sneha Bhavan endeavours to fulfil these basic goals:
- To re-unite runaway children or missing children with their family.
- To provide a safe home for homeless children and offer them all the basic necessary fundamental rights that will help them grow as a responsible and dutiful citizen of the country.
- Every child in the centre are provided with education and social awareness.
- To spread awareness among the general people about the exploitations on street children and encourage them to stop child abuse.
- To help the children come up with a reliable and established career and promising future.
- To re-integrate the disadvantaged children of the society back in to the cultured and civilized society.
- In order to accomplish these tasks, Sneha Bhavan takes the help of government, Municipal Corporation and other like-minded individuals and corporate houses.
Milestones in Sneha BhavanIn 1978, Sneha Bhavan opened a school to give a formal education to the children. Again in 1986, it came up with Bosco Niliyam, a residential for all those youth who have completed their graduation and are working. A year later, the organization started Bosco Nivas, for those who have now started entering into family life.
1992, Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre was started for skill and vocational education. 1994 saw the inauguration of National Consultation on Salesian activities meant for all youth and children to overcome difficult situations while on the street or other abusive areas.
In 1995, Sneha Bhavan introduced Don Bosco Open School for all school dropout children. In 2010 in opened a hotel management course for the youth. Valsalya Bhavan was opened in 1997 as a shelter home for girls.
Every year Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan organises camps and programmes for these children or establishes new buildings or centres for a better development of the youth. Its other milestones include free telephone helpline called the Childline for distressed children and Chaitanya, a round the clock telephone service for children with AIDS and HIV. This free telephone service is also supported by the Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The telephone number of the Childline is 1098.
It also came up with Yuva Marg, an advocacy centre protecting child rights and Navjyoti Counselling Centre and Training Centre for Counsellors for child counselling.
Address: Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan, Palluruthy, Kochi – 682006
Phone no.: 0484 2231009
Centre Telephone Numbers
- Sneha Bhavan Annexe: 484 2204399, 2205198/2204718(Childine)
- Sneha Bhavan: 484 2231393
- Don Bosco: 484 2231009
- Don Bosco Open School: 484 2231009
- Don Bosco Mechatech: 484 2231806
- Bosco Nilayam: 484 2234089
- Valsalya Bhavan: 484 2346909
- Yuva Marg: 484 65407689
- Navajyoti: 484 6540768