YMCA Andheri, New D.N. Nagar,
Andheri (W), Mumbai – 400 053.
Tel: +91 +91 22 2630-3076 / 2630-3065
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, every 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 destitute 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 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 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.
TUITIONS: 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.
SPORTS: Boys are taking benefit of coaching in different sports viz a viz. Basket Ball, Kickboxing, Gymnastics, Chess, Drawing, Guitar and Key Board and they are happy doing that. Some have done really well in their respective sport.
HEALTH: Regular attention is being given and all health problems of the boys are addressed immediately. Regular Medical Camps, deworming and Vaccinations are done.
FOOD & NUTRITION: Children are provided regular 4 meals which is Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. The Breakfast includes nutrition like Poha, Upma, Sabudana-Khichdi, Porridge, Bread & Jam, Scrambled Egg & Pav accompanied by 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.