Luigi Monti, the Founder of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception, moved by the spirit of charity; dedicated his whole life for the sake of the sick, the abandoned and needy young people. He was a man of vision, who was able to understand the need of the time. He started his charitable work first in the medical field by assisting the sick and then he expanded his areas of work into other fields. The growing number of street children was really a great problem at that time. The problem had been caused, on the one hand by the concentration of workers in the cities, and, on the other hand by the aftermath of the wars. Monti was able to understand that if they were left on the streets they could easily become involved with revolutionaries and will gradually turn against the society. So he wanted to bring all the children together and look after them in a house where the law of God is the norm of life. He wanted to form them to be the cornerstones of a new society.
It was in 1882 that the Congregation started this apostolate of taking care of the orphans. Now through Snehasadan we fulfil this great mission of taking care of these less privileged children of India. The greatness lies not in just starting an apostolate but in executing it successfully. We believe in God's abundant providence that we would be able to take these children to the full swing of life. Now we give to these children adequate education, proper training in some trade and prepare them to become good citizens. They are here to be loved, cared for and to be corrected whenever it is necessary. We need to educate them and transmit into their minds the essential spiritual, moral and social values. They must be truly conscious of their role in the society and of the conduct they adopt to serve the common good.
There were only a few boys in the beginning at Snehasadan. After having completed its 13 years of existence in Karnataka, at present there are thirty three children in this house.The organization assists them to grow up like other normal children of the society leaving their horrific past right where they have come from. The children here are barely made to think that Snehasadan is not their own home. They feel that the house is their own. Many of its inmates have started leading a decent life and keep the relationship with the home as responsible sons of a normal family.They know how to relate to their roots by taking care of their own family and friends along with them by who once they might have felt left out.
The residents of Snehasadan now can visualize brilliant academic achievements and good career possibilities, putting their own dreams forward with the help of the organization. There is no one unworthy to be felt as lovable and responsible. Love and care are the utmost feelings that this organization strives to spread for the inmates and for the society and surrounding that they are surrounded by. All are here to be equally loved. With this in mind, Snehasadan treats them all alike and teaches by inculcating in them the true spirit of love, respect, care for everyone in the society. Children are taken care of as equal irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and language by showing same respect from one to the other.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart'. It is a beautiful feeling that there is someone who lives well because of me. When these children feel that they are cared, touched and loved we take part in a task of building a new social set up. Snehasadan is here to share all these wonderful feelings with the abandoned, orphaned and needy children. We will be able to transform the society only through the hands of this present generation.'
Great minds have purposes, others have wishes therefore we teach these children to have their own purposes in life. All of us in this world have a purpose in life. Everyone is good at something or the other. People who produce good results feel good about themselves. Therefore we work with the mission of helping these children to cultivate a sense of high self-image, in order to grow with a clear and positive ambition for a bright future. There is no one unworthy of love, care and nourishment. All are to be equally loved. With this in mind, we treat all alike and teach them how to love and respect everybody irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or language.
Desires or dreams become stronger when you support them. We need to extend our helping hands to numerous children who live in the villages and other vulnerable zones. We, at Snehasadan, would like to respond to the cries of these neglected and destitute children in a concrete manner. However, our mediocre infrastructure prevents us from admitting many deserving ones. So we have a dream to construct a new house for these neglected and destitute children of our times. Secondly, there is a beautiful plan of starting a fine arts center attached with this new structure. This would enable the children to express and excel at their various talents like music, dance, paintings, etc. Therefore, we along with all the children of Snehasadan invite you to take part in the noble work of giving a new house for the less-privileged children.
Our presence is well seen in all the four states of South India. 'Divine Providence' is a physically handicapped and Re-habilitation center founded in AndhraPradesh at Vijayawada for the economically backward classes of the society. There are seventy physically disabled children under this house. Everybody goes to school and practices some skills training.
Anandha Bhavan This is a centre and school for the mentally challenged children. There are both mentally- challenged and multi-disabled children in this house. This is founded in 1997 at Perinthalmanna in Kerala. At present there are 50 children who found Anandha Bhavan their home and eight staffs who dedicate their whole lives for the upliftment of these unfortunate children.
This house stands as a light house for very many of our Tsunami affected children who lost their parents, dear and near ones and even their all belongings. This house is situated at Nagarcoil in TamilNadu, a coastal area of the state.
Friends of Snehasadan
These children may be happy without a fortune, but they can never be happy without good friends. 'Friends of Snehasadan' is an organization where anybody can join without any boundaries, collaborating with Snehasadan in all its endeavors and happiness. It was a long -standing dream of ours to bring together the minds that think together, the hearts that love together and the persons who collaborate with same motivation. It will give us a better chance to acknowledge and appreciate the generous contributions that we are extending to this institution. Your valuable suggestions, guidance and all sorts of contributions for the betterment of Snehasadan are highly appreciated and counted. The way you care, the risks you dare, and the pains you share all simply assure us that you love us and spur us on to love you more. As we belong to this global society, the membership to this association is also open to all. At present there are over fifty members from far and wide, including teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, businessmen, social workers, and many other well-wishers.