Achievements

We are proud to present a number of our achievements throughout the years. You can also read about our Success Stories relating to these achievements.

  • First Street Children’s Organization in Trivandrum: Don Bosco Veedu Society is the first organization in Trivandrum to begin work for street children in the year 1991 and has played a major role in the eradication of street children in the district.
  • Don Bosco Veedu Society is the pioneer initiator of developmental activities at Karimadom Colony. Tuition Classes, Women Empowerment Programmes, Self Help Groups, Vocational Training, Sponsorship and Scholarship Programmes, Literacy Class for Women, Medical and Summer Camps for the colony dwellers were initiated as early as 1993.
  • A Scientific study on the Street and Slum Children of Thiruvananthapuram City was held in 1995 with the help of Government Departments, Academic Institutions, NGOs and was Published in 1997.
  • First CHILDLINE in Kerala: In the year 1998 Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society took initiative to bring CHILDLINE Net Work to Kerala and the first phone bell jingled bringing hope to many distressed children in the State on 25th March 2000 at Don Bosco Veedu, Manacaud. CHILDLINE was officially launched on Children’s Day, 14th November, 2000.
  • Missing Child Search and Child Protection Homelink Network Project to trace the lost children and to restore the un accompanied to their homes has been initiated in the State in 2007.It is a pilot project of the Department of Social Welfare from August 2008 and Don Bosco is the Implementing Nodal Agency in Kerala State.
  • First documentation and Research library on Young at Risk in Trivandrum.
  • Primarily through the efforts of the Society and active intervention of Judiciary, Social Welfare Department, Police, Local Self Government etc, Trivandrum district has been declared as child beggary free district by the Government on 28th January 2007. It is the first district in Kerala to be declared so.
  • Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society’s Don Bosco Nivas is the first Shelter Home in Kerala to be registered under the Juvenile Justice Act.
  • Women and Child Help Centre on Railway Platform: Networking with Southern Railway Trivandrum Division, Don Bosco Veedu Society has set up a Women and Child help centre at the 2ndplatform of the Central railway station on 14th November 2009 for rescuingwandering children and giving help to hapless women, who reach the railway station. An average of 320 children are rescued and helped through this centre in a year. It is the only one of this kind in Kerala.
  • The then Director of the Society, Fr.Philip Parakatt played a key role in setting up Kerala CHILDLINE Forum in the year 2003 and had been its State Convenor till April 2012, had made significant contribution in expanding CHILDLINE activities to other districts under the State Government budget and facilitated in having Forum members meeting with Social Welfare Minister and periodical meetings with Secretary Department of Social Welfare and Other Department Officials of the State to advocate on behalf of children.
  • Advocated and Net worked with Government to form JJ Act and State Rules, National Model Rules, State Policy, to establish JJ systems and made significant contribution as a member of State Selection Committee for JJBs and CWCs, Working Group under State Planning Board, State ICPS Governing Board etc.
  • Conducted over 600 classes on child rights, child protection laws and child care systems to Police personnel, NGOs and other stake holders across Kerala and the S4S progmmes have benefited thousands of students, teachers and parents to cope up with present day child issues and establish a child friendly society.
  • Has initiated interventions to form Kerala Child Rights Act with an aim to provide compulsory education up to plus two, to eradicate child labour that prevents regular schooling up to the age 18, to have early justice in cases involving children and offenses against children. Preliminary draft formation has been kicked off at the Government level.