Boys Town Society

Project Brief: To support the Education services happening in the School “Francois Meyer Nursery & Primary School
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Zurich
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Stefania Lanfranchi
Project Partner(s): Damodharan Thanikachalam
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Boys Town Society,Tirumangalam,Tirumangalam,
TAMIL NADU  625706
Tel: 04549 294473
Stewarding Chapter: Zurich
Sep 2017ZurichUSD 17369
Sep 2016ZurichUSD 15242
Dec 2015ZurichCHF 28000
Nov 2015ZurichUSD 5266
May 2015ZurichUSD 5708

Total = $63724.644

From being futureless street children …
In 1964, the founder of the organization met some adolescents in the railway station of Madurai, who were begging or working as porters. These children had no interest in neither education nor in leading a better, more comfortable or secure life. The founder had a discussion with them and could understand that it was the poor economic background combined with the lack of concern in the family that made them to be street children. “The right environment and the right kind of encouragement would mould these children to come up in life”, was the thought that pushed him to start a small centre in a leased place near Thirumangalam, Tamil Nadu.

…to bright futures with perspectives
Today, the organisation has several schools assisting around 600 children under residential care and another three hundred children in 4 villages under non-residential care. The children come from a very poor socio- economic background, mostly from the families who live below the poverty line. Their parents are mostly agricultural coolies, construction workers, porters, mill workers etc. Priority is given to orphans, single parent children, and children from sick parents or alcoholic addicted families.
The organization has the following goals: ( Regn.No.43/82)

1. To assist the rural children to have childhood pleasures during their childhood years.
2. To provide conducive environment – boarding, lodging, education – to the children to live and to have academic learning and obtain necessary life skills.
3. To offer extracurricular skills through various club activities like Science Club, Cultural Club, Environment Club, Social Service Club, Scouts etc. with the aim of developing their personality.
4. To assist the children to run their own environment through a parliament system and thereby helping them to imbibe leadership qualities.
5. To assist the children who have completed their school education to choose the right type of technical education based on their interest.
6. To start a rural centre for the benefit of children below the age of 18 living with their parents and assisting them in enjoying all the facilities available to support their development.
Francois Meyer Nursery & Primary School aims to provide value based English medium education to rural children with minimum cost. The idea is to offer quality education to the under privileged children.