Don Bosco Boys Home is an Institution belonging to the Salesians of Don Bosco. It was founded in the year 1996 originally to accommodate wheel barrow pushers (boys who carry the load of market women and travellers in the streets of Sunyani). Initially these boys were assisted in accommodation, food and medicals. As the years went by, some of the boys where put in school and others were put in apprenticeship to be qualified in auto mechanic.
Some years later, the orientation was changed and attention was re-directed to children of school-going-age. With some economic challenges, these where provided with the following: Basic education that is paying their school fees and buying their school materials, food, medicals, clothing, etc.
The home at the moment has seen the need of re-direction its orientation and mission outside Sunyani since cases of street children is on increase day after day. We have come to discover that there are more street children on the streets of Kumasi, Berekum and Techiman. The centre is aware that Kumasi is second in terms of the number of street children in Ghana. Aware of this fact the Don Bosco Boys Home is embarking on a restructuring of the Home in Odumase, to facilitate reaching out to many street children and children at risk as far it can.
We, the Salesians of the AFW Province inspired by the preferential love of Christ the Good Shepherd for the poor, and Don Bosco’s predilection for poor and disadvantaged youth, commit ourselves to the holistic advancement of youth at risk, especially the economically poor, in both rural and urban, by empowering them to creatively address the factors responsible for their poverty.
- To create a link between street children and families.
- To counsel both children and families to enhance reunification.
- To show concern and love to street children.
- To create a safe and house of refuge.
- To assist children who wish to be re-united with their families.
- To co-operate with all interested organisations and groups to create the awareness about streetism in Ghana.
- To assist in health care and health education of street children.
- To promote educational (formal and non-formal) opportunities for street children.
- To teach trade skills to none school going children and prepare them for the future.
- To help them become God fearing and responsible citizens (education to faith and values).
Admission to the home will be in two forms, short term and long term.
1. Short-term admission of a minimum of six month and a maximum of one year will be given to any child found on the street.
2. Long-term admission will be granted to a child only after a series of enquiries and contacts have been done with the families, and only if it is ascertain that a child has no family able to carter for him will he be granted a long-term admission, and such a child shall live at the home when he attends the age of eighteen or on completion Junior High School.
P.O. Box 1679
Sunyani (Brong Ahafo Region)
Ghana – West Africa