Don Bosco Nivas is a Shelter Home for Street children who reach to Trivandrum from various parts of India. We provide shelter to an average of 300 street children every year. We rescue children from streets, provide them with food, shelter and clothing, provide medical care and counseling, provide basic education and most importantly find their homes and build up support system to place them back home with linkages to nearby social work institutions to provide support, care and follow up.
We are depending on local support and donation to run the project. There is also minimal support from the local self Government which is very scanty.
We have been taking care of street children in Trivandrum since 1991. Through our work there is much less street children and they are immediately taken care of through the child helpline which we have been running since 2000. Lots of awareness creation Programmes have been initiated to provide knowledge to the society on child beggary, child labour and other menaces that threaten childhood.
We have 10 staff who work in this project. An average of 300 street children benefit from this project every year. Rescue, help for education, repatriation, skill development, counseling, recreational facilities are provided from here to the children.
The biggest challenges that we face is the lack of funds to run all the welfare programes in Kerala. The survival of a child care institution is difficult as people all over the world think that children in Kerala do not require any help and everything is alright here. This is not correct because Kerala has highest number of divorces in Asia and children are at risk. There are umpteen number of child abuses. There are migrant children who come over to Kerala. All these children require lots of help.
The support for our institution will help to provide better opportunities for the less privileged children. Any help can increase our resource also to support many other welfare activities of the project.