YMCA Andheri, New D.N. Nagar,
Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053.

Tel: +91 8976893594 / 2226303076 / 26303065

One enduring result of the social welfare department is the construction of a Home for vagrant boys at Andheri, on a plot of land measuring 5000 sq. yards, given by the Maharashtra Housing Board in 1960. The Home was intended to accommodate 100 vagrant boys. The foundation stone of the Home was laid by Harish C. Mahindra, Chairman of the Home Committee on March 31, 1963. The Boys’ Home was established on April 1, 1964, with three eight-year-old boys. The Boys Home was accorded the status of a department in 1984. The number of boarders was increased from 40 to 60.

The Boys Home, established in 1964, having destitute boys from families unable to support them, provides the support base to enable them a better future. Over the years, hundreds of young people have left the gates of the Home, with employment and better self-esteem. 


Once the children are accepted into the Boys Home, their responsibility becomes solely the YMCA’s responsibility, but we do allow regular follow-up with parents/guardians so that the child is not cut off from his roots or origin. The children are provided the stay in dormitories, 4 meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and Dinner, regular clothing, toiletries, travel expenses, School & tuition fees, Sports Coaching, Vocational Training, Computer Literacy, Library, Medical assistance and overall development of body, mind, and spirit through various activities, interactions, and programs.


The Boys are receiving tuition from various teachers and volunteers for various subjects. Some of the older boys also go to nearby coaching classes for Std VIII – X. College youth and volunteers also come in time and again from colleges.


Boys are benefiting from coaching in various sports such as basketball, kickboxing, gymnastics, chess, drawing, guitar, and keyboard. They are happy with the experience, and some have even performed exceptionally well in their respective sports.


Regular medical camps are held to address health problems and provide vaccinations and deworming.


Children receive four regular meals throughout the day, which include Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and Dinner. The Breakfast menu consists of nutritious items such as Poha, Upma, Sabudana-Khichdi, Porridge, Bread & Jam, Scrambled Egg & Pav, accompanied by Horlicks Milk. The Lunch menu includes Rice, Dal/Pulses, one Vegetable, Chappati, and Salad. For the evening snack, children are usually served Tea and Biscuits. Dinner comprises Rice, Dal, and one Vegetable. Twice a week, children are given a banana, and once a week, they are served Egg Curry, Chicken Curry, and as far as possible Fish to make the meal interesting. Occasionally, donors surprise the children by providing special meals and snacks on several occasions.