Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society is part of the international Don Bosco network which is a Christian organisation that works in 131 countries around the world. They work with young people who are in poverty, abandoned and at risk; and believe that doing this work strengthens their relationship with the Lord. St. John Bosco is remembered as a man who dedicated his life to the service of abandoned young people. Over 150 years ago, he challenged the way young people were treated in the desperate poverty that existed at that time in the city of Turin, Italy. Others were inspired to follow him in responding to the needs of the young. Don Bosco centres around the organisation’s three operating principles – Reason, Religion and Kindness.
Don Bosco’s work for street children began in Kerala in 1974 and started to spread around the state. The work in Trivandrum began in May 1991 under the leadership of Fr. Matthew Thomas and at the invitation of Mr. T.N Kuriakose who was the Accountant General of Kerala. The work started as a night shelter for street children in rented facilities at Bishop Pereira Hall, Shankumugham, and later on in Chalai Market.
In 1994, a piece of land was bought to house abandoned children. The Don Bosco Centre was constructed but in 1999 the home was relocated to Thampanoor, near the railway station, so that the home could be more accessible for the children. This was named Don Bosco Nivas and it was inaugurated in 2002.