The corporation was not happy with the progress of the work for the street children. The reach out programme was neglected and so the corporation was having second thoughts and it was about to take back the premises. At this juncture, Fr. Thomas Koshy, with his winning ways and accommodative spirit, won over the officials and the work for the street children received a new impetus. The premises were christened Nava Jeevan Bala Bhavan.
Immediately several new initiatives were started with children going to school, foster care homes, for others re-orientation camps, Yuva Bhavan for working youth and round the clock shelter for anyone who needed a place. In 1993, Fr. Koshy took over the reigns from Fr. Roy. Nava Jeevan received the National Award for child welfare in 1996.
In 1997, the Government of Andhra Pradesh recognized Nava Jeevan Bala Bhavan as a fit institution under section 13 (1) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 1986. As per this government order, Nava Jeevan Bala Bhavan was allowed to admit abandoned children and to take custody of children committed by Juvenile Court / Juvenile welfare board.
“To ensure rights of “Young at Risk” through micro and macro level efforts of Rescue, Rehabilitation, Community based action, Capacity building, Advocacy and Lobbying”. Young at Risk for NJBB are: Street children/youth, child workers, children in conflict with law, children addicted to substance abuse and children from most marginalized communities, children affected by HIV/AIDS.
- To rescue and rehabilitate the children living/working on the streets & out-of-school children/child workers, children of the most marginalized communities/families, children in conflict with law, children addicted to substance abuse, children affected by HIV/AIDS.
- To create mechanisms to actualize a People Centered Rights-Based Approach in planning, implementing, monitoring and social audit process from an integrated Child Rights perspective.
- To lobby and network with other organizations/forums to persuade/pressurize the authorities concerned to ensure policies, resource allocations and good governance ensuring the best interest of the child in their constituencies.
NAVAJEEVAN BALA BHAVAN P.B. 507
24-3-35 ANDHRA RATHA ROAD
BAVAJIPET 1ST LINE
VIJAYAWADA – 520 003
(0866) 243 99 13
(0866) 243 12 21