who we are
who we are
Welfare Society for Destitute Children is a registered Trust with Registration No. F 740 (Bombay) and Society Registration No. Bom 9 of 1960 G B B S D. We are located at St. Catherine of Siena School for Destitute Children, Mount Mary Hill, Mount Mary Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050.

The Welfare Society for Destitute Children was started with the objective to educate destitute children irrespective of caste, creed and community. This is to be achieved by providing them with free basic school education, healthy home atmosphere, guiding these children towards understanding the need for healthy living and secure a place for them among the rest of the society.

The society is managed under the guidance of Reverend Father Anthony Elenjimittam who's a well-read intellectual and has written more than 45 books promoting "universal brotherhood."
Our society motto - "Atmano Mokshartham, Jagat hitayachha." - For the freedom of the Soul and Welfare of Mankind.
The motto encourages us in working towards promoting "Universal Brotherhood" and creating wellness in physical-mental-spiritual areas for all children under its care in school and orphanage.

Since our inception in 1957, we have grown by leaps and bounds. Today we have orphanages / shelters that house increasing number of children each year. We also administer a recognised primary school, this is apart from providing counseling programs for children and street parents of children. This year we have more than 400 students being educated. All our activities are based on Practical Gandhian Principles of Basic Education. The society undertakes education and molding of orphans, street children, semi-orphans and children in extreme difficulty.

We operate from two locations:

  • Bandra
    St. Catherine of Siena School for Destitute Children, Mount Mary Hill, Mount Mary Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai 400 050.
  • Koperkairane
7th November 1957 - Reverend Anthony Elenjimittam (1915-2011) began educating illiterate destitute children under the tree-shade of Mrs. Stella Curzai's compound in St. John Baptista Road which later named it as St. Catherine of Siena School.

11th February 1960 - The social apostolate under the trees got registered as the society "The Welfare Society for Destitute Children" under The Society Registration Act, 1860.

31st March 1960 - The Trust "Welfare Society for Destitute Children" got registration under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.

15th June 1961 - Shri Sri Prakasha, Governor of Maharashtra laid the foundation stone for Aquinas Hall for Destitute children.

30th June 1962 - H H Pope John XXIII Blessed and Aided the Social Apostolate.

10th May 1962 - Fr. Mario Borrelli Blessed the Foundation Cross.

21st March 1965 - The Aquinas Hall inaugurated by Shri V.P. Naik, Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the presence of Bishop Pereira and the Minister P.G Kher.

7th March 1969 - Bishop Longinus Pereira laid the foundation stone for Sadhana Hall.

30th April 1970 - The Sadhana Hall building inaugurated by Sheero Wadia in the presence of Bishop Longinus Pereira.