Don Bosco Society
The Don Bosco Society is an international organization dedicated full time to the
Founded in 1859 by Don Bosco, an Italian saint-educator, we are present in some 130 countries. The Salesians of Don Bosco are recognized by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) as an official NGO with consultative status at the UN.
Wherever we are, our first objective is to promote the integral growth and all-round development of young people. Hence we run Schools, Colleges, Technical Institutes, Youth Centres, and the like. We offer young people a variety of educational and developmental activities such as media education, psychological counselling, life-skills training, career guidance, job placement services, entrepreneurship skills, and a lot more. We also work for the social and economic development of people. We join hands with all people of good will and network with other like-minded organizations, governments and international bodies for the cause of the young, especially those ‘at risk’. The Young at Risk (street children, school dropouts, child workers, rag pickers, victims of war and violence, etc) are the focus of our special concern.
The Don Bosco Society is present in India since 1906. Today Don Bosco institutions are found all over India – currently we are present in some 400 places, spread across the 27 States and 3 Union Territories of India. Generally, each of these presences offers a number of youth-related, educational or developmental services.
Presently, we are organized into ten Provinces in India. Each province is named after a city where the headquarters (Provincial House) of the province is situated. Thus we have the provinces of Bangalore, Chennai, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Panjim, Tiruchy.
Don Bosco Development Organizations
Every province has a Development Organization that coordinates the developmental
programmes carried out by that province. Our developmental programmes are oriented
towards animating people so that they become the chief protagonists of their own development
and progress in society. We seek to set afoot a vast movement of people who conscientiously
work together with us for the transformation of society, for the eradication of the causes of poverty,
injustice and inequality. Essentially ours is a role of ushering in new mentalities in young people,
in the poor and in society in general.