Director's Message

Fr .N. Ratna Kumar

Executive Director

Hello friends of Navajeevan and lovers of children,

As Socrates said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”This is a timeless wisdom that applies to the whole universe, which in the process of becoming. What is constant in reality is only the change. In this context, the very purpose of human existence is to enjoy the fullness of life with due respect to the entire creation, allowing every being to grow in to fullness. We, as humans, should learn to realize that we are just temporary sojourners in this wonderful cosmos.
Navajeevan Bala Bhavan is deeply committed to the cause of bringing fullness of life to the less fortunate brothers and sisters of the society. The very meaning of Navajeevan is to bring ‘new life’ to those who are oppressed, marginalized, and left alone. Continuing the rich legacy of our founder Don Bosco, who toiled night and day to breathe new life into the young at risk of his time, Navajeevan, Vijayawada meticulously walks in his footsteps of love and service for those on the periphery with the aim of streamlining them into the larger society where the street, orphaned and marginalized children live with dignity and earn with respect.
I bow my head with respect to the founding stalwarts of Navajeevan Bala Bhavan and all the previous directors and committed staff who constantly strived hard to bring newness to the mission of Navajeevan and were creatively courageous to walk on the streets and pavements bringing positive vibrations of social change.
Thanks to all the partnering agencies. GO’s and NGO’s, funding agencies, philanthropists, CSR donors, network of friends and volunteers, individual generous sponsors and the staff for the imprint of growth and development visibly seen in the lives of children and young at risk. May we continue to work for inclusive growth in today’s world!
As Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Let us have a clear vision of a better world for all. Where everyone can experience the fullness of life. Some dedicate their lives to serving others. As we mark the 5Oth anniversary of our work, we honor the founders and the current heroes of YaR work in our province. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”May their vision stay alive and their spirit inspire the young at risk.
As John Maxwell said, “Change is in evitable. Growth is optional.”Let us choose to grow together and make a positive change in ourselves and in others.