As a part of the international Don Bosco network, Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan is a Registered Charitable Society based in the state of Kelara, primarily operating in the District of Ernakulam to help youth at risk*. It was founded in 1974 in co-operation with the City Municipal Corporation of Cochin to rehabilitate children and youths found on the street, and has continued to grow ever since.
Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan offers a diverse range of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people through five core rehabilitation centres as well as other community-based projects.
Our purpose is broad, and we aim to:
  • Restore children found on the street with their own family
  • Provide shelter to those children and youth at risk who have no home, and provide them with opportunities for holistic growth
  • Improve the overall educational status of youth at risk
  • Protect street children against all forms of abuse and exploitation
  • Spread awareness and elicit understanding among the general public about the issues of street children and other issues.

Our key challenge is to reach out to the most vulnerable and socially excluded children and youth. We aim to create an environment that not only protects them, but also supports and nurtures them so that each has access to opportunities and education for their holistic growth and development. Through different stages of our rehabilitation process, our ultimate objective is to reintegrate these disadvantaged children and youth back into mainstream society.
* Don Bosco Sneha Bhavan defines youth at risk as: street children and youth; child labourers, child beggars; unaccompanied and lost children; children in conflict with the law; abused children; abandoned children; runaways; and children from dysfunctional family environments.