History of Don Bosco
The origins of the Salesians of Don Bosco
Don Bosco is the name of a network of over 2,032 educational institutions in 132 countries which go back to the Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco. He was a Roman Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century and dedicated his life to the betterment and education of deprived young people like street children or delinquent youth. Don Bosco founded the Salesians of Don Bosco to carry on his educational mission to the poor. Catholic priests, Brothers and Sister who are members of the international Society work for the development and education of the young especially those most at risk. Don Bosco now operates more than 1,000 service centres in India and provides the largest network of technical schools in the country (after government schools) as well as the largest network of shelters for street children.
The life of St. John Bosco
St. John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy in 1815. When he was two years old, his father died. This future saint, raised by his mother, experienced the pains of poverty at a very tender age. John’s future work was inspired by a dream he had at the age of nine. He wanted to become a priest, especially to empower the disadvantaged youth through education. In order to pursue his dream John had to leave home at a young age to join the city school. After a school day he worked as a tailor, a cobbler or a waiter, often studying by candle light late into the night. On completing his education he began his studies to be a priest. John Bosco was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-six. He was now called Don [Father] Bosco. He immediately began his work with orphans. He opened a hospice for boys where his mother served as the housekeeper. He not only fed the homeless boys whom he took in but also provided them with opportunities for livelihood skills. He spent long hours teaching them to read and write; he also taught them tailoring and shoemaking and quickly set up a printing press. Above all, he created a family atmosphere of trust and caring. Those who helped him were amazed at the transformation in several youngsters. Pope Pius XI canonized Don Bosco as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church in 1934.
How DBVT Amguri became reality
Don Bosco Vocational Training cum Production Centre Amguri is a dream realized by the Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of Guwahati. All dreams begin small: Twelve years ago, when the Don Bosco Youth Mission and Educational Services (DBYES) began its journey, all we had in mind was to empower the youth of the region inspired by Don Bosco’s magnificent obsession: “It is enough to know that you are young and abandoned for me to love you very much.” We are very proud to work for the perpetuation of Don Bosco’s dream.
Don Bosco Vocational Training cum Production Centre Amguri is a vocational institute belonging to the Don Bosco Province of Guwahati (ING) in Assam as a subcenter of the Don Bosco Institute in Guwahati. For further information on the DBI click here.