OUR HISTORY

The beginnings were small and hesitant. The first house of Snehasadan began in a make-shift hut at Kajuwadi in Chakala, Andheri with just five boys, who all ran away after the very first night. But as word went around and Snehasadan too got better known, other children came. The home stabilised and expanded and soon another house was needed.

On 4th April, 1963, the second Snehasadan home was started with a childless couple as houseparents in Gundowli village in a rented building with donated materials. The idea seemed to have caught and Snehasadan's experiment was on its way. The expansion now was sustained and supported by many well wishers.
In 1964, Holy Cross Church at Kurla, offered Snehasadan a third home in its compound. It was in a low lying area and could not survive the monsoon. But the next year on 5th May, 1965 on donated land in Mogra village, the fourth home was opened with twenty five boys to relieve the over crowding at the other homes. The carpenter who helped build it stayed on with his wife as houseparents.

So far all three homes were in the vicinity of Andheri. However, when two garages were offered in Bandra, Snehasadan moved further away into one of them. Eventually though, this house was moved to the Andheri neighbourhood too. By now Snehasadan was a well established institution.
A large permanent structure for administrative purposes was built and house No. 3 moved into part of it. Once again the builder Bro. Molines stayed on and later joined the team, in 1966.

The Snehasadan model seemed to be confirmed now and the expansion continued. In 1976 House No. 8 was converted into the first girls home closely followed by House No. 9. Today Snehasadan has 15 homes, 10 for boys and five for girls spread across the suburbs of Western Mumbai extending from Andheri to Gorai with one home in Lonavala.


President Zail Singh presents Fr. Placido Fonseca, S.J., Director SNEHASADAN with the 1985 individual National Awards for Child Walfare