A Home of Love
Snehalaya (Home of Love) is an Institute for the Children with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities. It is governed by Snehalaya Education Society, a Registered Trust (Soc. Reg. No. Maharashtra /11028-96 Pune, public Trust Reg. No. F 11852). It provides rehabilitation and education to the children with special needs. It caters to both boys and girls between 6 and 18 age group with Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities.
Helping others is not a job, it is a calling
DreamIn 1995, to commemorate the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the MSFS Congregation, the province felt the need to establish a worthwhile memorial. As a result of many hands and heads working together, something unique was dreamt of i.e. to work for the welfare of children with differently abled.
Actualisation the Dream
In order to actualize this dream, Rev. Fr. Perry da Silva, and Rev. Fr. Agnelo Fernandes, assumed the responsibility of establishing a home for children with differently abled and named it SNEHALAYA which means “A Home of Love”. Rt. Rev. Valerian D’souza, the then Bishop of the diocese of Poona leased a piece of land in Wagholi. As a result of the efforts, good will and hard work of many persons and agencies, Snehalaya was built to accommodate about 70 physically challenged children between the age group of 5 and18 from all sections of society, especially the poor from rural areas, beyond the barriers of caste, gender and religion.
The Great Begining
First On 5th June 1996, the Institute began its service with 13 physically challenged children under the direction of Fr. Joseph Malayil, msfs, the 1st Director of Snehalaya. Sr. Celine Coelho, the Superior General of the Sisters of the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King (FMCK) graciously sent sisters to administer the Institute in all aspects. Thus in collaboration with FMCK sisters, the MSFS fathers (priests) of the Pune Province continued their committed service of empowering the physically challenged children through treatment, training and education.
After many years of service to the physically challenged children, from the year 2001 the target group has been shifted to children with Cerebral Palsy and multiple disabilities. Today Snehalaya caters to 55 boys and girls between the age group of 6 to 18 with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities.