A Brief History
On 29th November, 1999 the Bishop handed over to the Salesian four acres of land in the town of Ongole. They started a shelter for the young at risk near the railway station in a rented building.
1. Boarding for Boys
The salesians started a “night shelter” for the “Young At Risk” near the railway station. In the year 2001 a temporary residence for the Salesians and a multipurpose shed for the training of boys was inaugurated. They started training the youth of the neighborhood in literacy classes for the illiterate boys and girls, intensive coaching for the 10th failed students, Spoken English and typing classes for the educated unemployed youth. Later they started non formal training courses for Electrician, Welder, Carpentry, Tailoring, Two-wheeler mechanic and Driving School for the boys send from the parishes of the diocese.
2.Non Formal Technical training
There was no clear vision about the type of activity suitable for the Ongole mission.
In 2003 About 20 boys were admitted for training in Workshop Technicians course (fitting, welding and turning and Electricians). On 8th August 2004, second batch of trainees in these three trades were admitted. At present we have 10 boys in the Electricians course, 9 in the workshop Technicians course, 4 apprentices and 13 in the street children’s rehabilitation centre. In 2007 a new residence for the boys and Salesians was blessed
“The vision of Don Bosco, Ongole is to impart integral Education and skill Training to the members of the target group. It will strive to combine vocational skills with academic education so that the students who pass out of this institution can find a livelihood activity in their home town/village. It will be the endeavour of Don Bosco, Ongole to make the members of the target group into honest and useful citizens who have imbibed and live human and spiritual values.”
- To impart non-formal technical education to the target group.
- To provide rehabilitation to the street children and child labourers.
- To provide coaching classes to the youth to strive for higher education.
- To impart moral and religious education to the trainees.
3. Tuition Centers and Don Bosco Navajeevan
Apart from the above activities the Ongole Don Bosco center also started a Navajeevan center where the children from the railway stations and other places are brought and are molded to proper individuals and if they are run away children from home the center will counsel them and reunite them with their family.
And for the those who are studying in the center there are tuition centers where they get a chance to mingle with all children and learn new things everyday.
Post Box No. 61
Near Srinivasa Theater
Ongole – – 523 001
DASARI Shiva Johannes
- Supporting the salaries and maintenance of the instructors taking care of the centers in Ongole and Prakasam by Don Bosco Jugend Dritte Welt, Germany