A brief history:
The Salesians arrived here at Pezzonipet in May 1980, at the invitation of Bp. Joseph Thumma, the Bishop of Vijayawada.
1.Telugu and English Medium Schools
There is a high school – coeducation, Telugu Medium – catering to the children of the locality. This was an upper primary school. It was upgraded into a high school in 1985. And a new school building was constructed replacing the old and dilapidated school.
They also run a kindergarten school in Telugu Medium, a Tailoring centre for girls, a Type writing institute and a day care crèche for babies of poor working mothers.
2. Micro Credit Societies
The mission has organized the marginalized women of the locality into SHGs, which are federated into a “Mutually aided cooperative” society. The society has around 1500 members who actively participate in a thrift and credit programme. The society is governed by a “board of directors” who are elected by members. From humble beginnings the society today has a paid up share capital of Rs.149200 and a saving to the tune of Rs.50,00,000. The members can avail of loans at low interest rates proportional to their savings. The members have initiated a variety of micro entrepreneurial activities individually and in groups. This has increased the income of the families, empowered the women and is a proven poverty alleviation programme.
“We the Salesians of Don Bosco, Pezzonipet visualize a community of people educated and empowered in integral human development to reach out to the less fortunate ones.”
The scope of this Salesian work was understood to be initially restricted in the limited sense. This has, in course of time, broadened to embrace youth and varied dimensions, including youth at risk and empowerment of women.
The Don Bosco Youth Centre was started in 1980. An old building in the campus was used for the indoor activities. A new building for the youth centre cum non-formal training centre was planned and the foundation was laid in 1988, the Don Bosco centenary year. The ground floor of this building was completed and inaugurated in June 1992, by the Salesian provincial Fr. Benjamin,
- Youth Centre
- Preschool and Creche
- Tailoring and Embroidery
- Typing Institute
- Rehabilitation of Young at Risk
- A counseling and job placement centre (DHISHA)
- A Mahila Mandali
- Mutually aided cooperative society – thrift and credit –entrepreneurial activity.
The center also supports the poor students by providing the necessary monetary provisions and see that they continue their studies with out a break and from becoming school dropouts.