One of the long enduring results of the social welfare department, was 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 opened on April 1, 1964 with three boys, each eight years of age. 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 destitutes and 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 a 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 parent / guardians, so that the child is not totally cut off from his roots or origin. The children are provided 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 programmes.
The Present lots of 65 boys that we have are being educated in schools in the vicinity of the Home.
The Boys are receiving tuitions 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 taking benefit of coaching in different sports viz a viz. Basket Ball, Kickboxing, Gymnastic, Chess, Drawing, Guitar and Key Board and they are happy doing that.Some have done really good in their respective soprt.
Regular attention is being given and all health problems of the boys are addressed immediately. Regular Medical Camps, de worming and Vaccinations are done
FOOD & NUTRITION
The Children are provided regular 4 meals viz Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. The Breakfast includes nutrition like Poha, Upma, SabudanaKichdi, Porridge, Bread & Jam, Scrambled Egg &Pav accompanied with Horlicks Milk. Lunch includes Rice, Dal/Pulses, one Vegetable, Chappati and Salad. Evening Snack is usually Tea and Biscuits. Dinner comprises Rice, Dal and one Vegetable. Banana is given twice a week the meal is made interesting by giving the once a week Egg Curry, Chicken Curry and as far as possible Fish. Intermittently the children are surprised by Donors who provide special meals and snacks on several occasions.
The Parents are allowed to meet up their children on the first Saturday of the month. This is mandatory and they are allowed to bring their siblings to meet the boys. In case the Parents are not able to make it on the Saturday then we call and ensure that they meet and spent time with the child during the week. The Opportunity is also used to speak to the parents on issues facing their children, on their personal problems relating to Job, Health and Home. In case a child falls sick and incase he misses his mother, then the parent is called to take the child home under such circumstances. We also encourage the parent to save regularly for the child’s future.
Boys are taking benefit of coaching in different sports viz a viz. Basket Ball, Kickboxing, Gymnastic, Chess, Drawing, Guitar and Key Board and they are happy doing that. Boys are also being given special guidance in Spoken English and Career Building by a voluntary organization “Make a Difference”. Young Volunteers come every Sunday to take a prescribed syllabus given by their parent organization in the United States of America
The Children are taken once a year to campsites nearby for re-orienting them to the Boys Home Life style and for exposure to nature and developmental activities. This is usually in the beginning of their term and when they return from their homes after vacation. This opportunity is used to enable them to de-learn what they have gathered in their difficult home environment during holidays, such as giving up on swearing and other bad values etc.
An alumnus with a few senior boys has been created who regularly interact with us and meet us whenever possible. Special Programmes of the Boys Home serves as a platform for them to meet. But so far no concrete progress and interaction has been generated from them. A database of the available contacts of the Boys is being maintained at the Home.Efforts are being made to trace the other boys.
The YMCA Boys Home housing orphans in the heart of Andheri has been in existence since 1964. Started as a small activity in a barren land of the taluka of Versova with a small shed housing 16 vagrant children then, has grown to become a 65 bedded shelter , accommodating orphaned children from the underprivileged sections of the society, whose mothers or guardians struggle otherwise to give them a decent living leave alone education.
Most of the children living with us either have mothers who work as domestic helps in households and cannot take care of their children as they have to work through the day to earn a bare living, sick fathers or grandparents who are too old to provide a future for their wards. We even have children whose parents suffer from HIV and who have been weaned away from them as their life is too short. At the moment we have 65 children in the age group of 6 yrs. to 17yrs., from Std. Sr.K.G to Std.X.Mostly the children initially selected from numerous applications received are in age brackets of 5 – 7yrs.so that they can easily mould into the surroundings of the Boys Home.
New D.N. Nagar
Mumbai – 400 053.
Tel: 2630-3076 / 2630-3065