Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata

Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata


We'd like to thank Christophe Plais for his ceaseless work in empowering the youth and uplifting communities for decades. These are the names of some kids from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata, ASHA TICI, and local communities who've been trained and been employed by Decathlon in stores in Kolkata and across India. In addition to working in sports retail, the youth also learn vocational skills in fields like carpentry, welding, bakery, mobile repairing, hairdressing, and more.

Our thanks to Christophe for taking the time to share a vision with our team, a vision we'll ceaselessly work towards for the community.
On , let's take another step to bring about social change with muscles of iron and nerves of steel as Swami Vivekananda believed.

Here's a glimpse at how Decathlon Foundation trainees at ASHA TICI are taught to build their own future by learning vocational skills for employability, for refurbishing their home, to build their playgrounds, handcraft furniture, and do it all with teamwork. w/ Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata
Consul General of France in Kolkata felicitates Don Bosco Ashalayam and Decathelon kolkata team members in retail internship on Children’s Day: 14th November 2021

Mr DIDIER TALPAIN handed over of certificates of NSDC in retail in partnership with Decathlon Sports India - Salt Lake Foundation and Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata, during which the students got a 3 months internship and training at the D store.

The honours for this event were presided by Mr Didier TALPAIN Consul General of France handing over charge to Father George Chempakam Director and founder of Don Bosco Ashalayam.

The event was managed by founder of the French NGO 3dstudio.terraindica

Participants included:
Naveen Yadav
Bruno araujo
Akshay Puthenveli
Minni Kumari
Barnali Boro
Sunil Mondol

From decathlon salt lake and Decathlon Sports India - Shakespeare Sarani
- Neil Law of sport adventure
- Debashis Halder of Terra Indica

French Embassy in India / Ambassade de France en IndeFrench Institute in India Alliance Française du Bengale Campus France India
Babu Ghosh from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata recently arrived in Kirkwood Community College in Iowa as part of the Community College Initiative Program cohort. Excited and ready to begin this new journey, Babu says "I am in a huge campus with all the facilities. Everyone is so helpful and always willing to guide me. I am liking it here with all my new friends from different countries sharing their cultures. I can't wait to explore more of this city and U.S. Coming on this program is one of my biggest achievements, which I will never forget. It is a wonderful feeling."

Happy moment to see a training lab inauguration for ASHA TICI Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata students with Decathlon Foundation.

The kids can learn job/life skills & be trained in workshops for cycle servicing, t-shirt printing, racket stringing, and more.

The lab has been designed to be similar to a Decathlon store to help the kids practice more roles.

Visit us for servicing your Decathlon products or book a slot for your cycle service-
There are afternoons which will remain etched in my mind as special ones and yesterday ours at Marbella's Elgin was sure such an occasion.
The vibe is warm and beautiful, your transported as soon as you step in. The coffee fabulous and beside all the usual coffees please check out the Coffee Sangria. The food was delicious Cheese Balls, Fries n Dips, Pizza, Fish n Chips, Pasta but the most special thing was the delight and happiness on the faces of our little guests from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata who were bought across by our friend Christophe Plais.
A terrific afternoon made more special because dear friend RJ Arijit dropped by and the fantastic photos taken by my young friend Shubham Nandi
Thankyou Nikhil, Vinay, Pawan, Sharan and Roshni for being the incredible hosts you were.
In this month of love and our world needs love there was certainly no better way to celebrate it than with the adorable kids of the Ashalayam 😊💕

Vinay Manglani
Nikhil Chawla
RJ Arijit
📸 Shubham Nandi
On , let's take another step to bring about social change with muscles of iron and nerves of steel as Swami Vivekananda believed.

Here's a glimpse at how Decathlon Foundation trainees at ASHA TICI are taught to build their own future by learning vocational skills for employability, for refurbishing their home, to build their playgrounds, and do it all with teamwork. w/ Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata, Terra Indica Craft
Nowadays in our NGO, everyone getting 2 packet of parle-g everyday. In Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata
Watch sports goods major Decathlon Foundation & Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata customise diving masks with 3D printed parts to turn them into breathing masks for distribution at hospitals combating the crisis. ‬


Rendez-vous with France!

Adore India is a Pan-India network of college students and working professionals and we conduct interactive sessions with students of all classes helping them build certain skills. We are presently working in 80+ cities and in 300+ affliated centre.

We would love to associate with you on this regard and conduct classes with your children.

You can also go through our website and our newsletter for the month of May to get a glimpse of our activities.
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To further take the process forward please send us your contact details or contact 8620886745 or mail us at [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you.

Adore India
"Earlier, when we'd encourage girls to take up rugby, it was not an easy conversation with some parents. They'd ask, "Why will girls play rugby? It's a boy's game." Now, the mothers come and approach us on their own to involve their children. It is a very rewarding feeling to see the children become more than they thought they could be.

"Children always like to explore and learn new things. That's how I took to rugby. Growing up in Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata, I got to see a craze around the game that seemed to pull me. I wanted to be a part of it and I dedicated myself to it.

"I got a chance to play in various junior level tournaments, and then go study Business Management in Washington State, Seattle with a scholarship from the US Consulate. After coming back to India, I decided to study Sports Management, as I owe all that I am to sports and I believe in its power to change lives. Continuing with my passion for rugby with Jungle Crows, I got an opportunity to play for the Indian team for the first time in 2019. It was a moment of great pride to represent my country."

"With Khelo Rugby, we teach the sport in about 35 locations in Kolkata, and we try to help the children mature through the game. We approach the parents and help them establish a direction for the children- the importance of education, the options available to move ahead in life and earn a living. We try to talk one on one with the kids and be there for them."

"I always wanted to give back to the community and the kids. When I look at them today, I see my past and where I used to be. As a kid, I was not a part of any sports activity until I got an opportunity to try rugby, and that changed my life. I want to help as many kids as possible discover the game and discover themselves through the game."- Pratap Kundu
Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata boys of class 10 and 9, boys scout and team of Ashalayam staff, Father Mathew and Father Jose and with the help of the police officers of Kadamtala station, are continuing the food distribution in the area of Howrah which has become one of the covid 19 hotspots of Kolkata.

Thanks to the support of Association de Soutien à Ashalayam - ASA France and all the friends who donated

Grâce à votre soutien les distributions de nourriture au foyer de Kadamtala continuent pour les familles et les enfants de la gare.
Le quartier de Kadamtala est devenu un "hotspot" de Kolkata et subit un confinement sévère.
Our thanks to Munna Singh and the team for creating emergency ventilators/masks with a 3D printer & our Easybreathe masks for Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata "We saw this as a chance to help our community. Coming from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata & ASHA TICI, I got to learn Electronics and communications and get a diploma in Engineering from Pailan College of Management & Technology. I thought of taking a job but I was encouraged to study further, so I got to study B Tech as well at The Heritage College. I help out at the foundation by teaching the kids, helping with electrical issues and more. Playing in the Jungle Crows rugby team allowed me to be a part of something bigger than myself. Together, we are stronger."
"With the Coronavirus pandemic, after looking at Isinnova's work with the Easybreathe mask, we got to printing Charlotte valves and fit them to the mask to create emergency ventilators/masks. We took masks from Decathlon Sports India and equipped them with a Charlotte valve and shared with the Institute of Neuroscience, Kolkata. It may be a small step, but it makes me really happy to see something my hands worked on be used to help others."- Munna. w/ Christophe Plais, Sagar Mahajan
in the forefront in fighting with . Our nurses working in various of and of .

Ratna Ghosh Dastidar, Tanusree Ray, Sonali Roy, Protima Mondal, Purnima Das, Rekha Kumari, Kavita Gupta, Rubina Khatun, Jyoti Malakar, Manisha Lakra, Anguna Khatun, Mumpy Bhattacharjee, Rubi Singh, Taposhi Mondal

All are with you. Be blessed and keep safe.

A memorable tournament in Bangalore! Thanks to Jungle Crows and RAF Rugby 7s for organising the tournament! Great work of Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata home for street children team who reached the Semi's! Thanks to Terra Indica Collective for supporting our tour, to Decathlon Sports India for supporting Inzamul & Chandan to join the team, and thanks to Paul of Jungle Crows for kitting us with Tshirts and shorts and Pratop for the coaching !

Non Profit Organization which empowers street and destitutes children in Kolkata

Operating as usual


Ashalayam will be selling some of its handicraft at this social organizations' fair.
See you on Saturday at Toto Café (Chetla)

Timeline photos 06/12/2016

DON BOSCO ASHALAYAM PAST PUPILS DAY 2016 to be held on 24th December, 2016 - 2 pm onwards.
pls tag yourselves and share this message to all the brothers and sisters of our family.

Timeline photos 30/09/2016

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 30/09/2016

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 30/09/2016

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 30/09/2016

fun vs newzealand test match at edens # don bosco ashalayam children enjoying

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 30/05/2016


Thank You Dear Father.
We all will miss you.

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 16/05/2016

Seminar on Child Protection Policy held on 10th and 11th of May, 2016.

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 22/03/2016


Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 09/02/2016

Happy Don Bosco Feast Everyone!
On January 31st, we celebrated our annual Don Bosco Feast. The kids had a lot of fun playing games and they enjoyed the delicious meal that was prepared for the occasion!

Silly faces 19/01/2016

Silly faces

Christmas 2015 08/01/2016

Christmas 2015

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 23/12/2015

Ashalayam wishes you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 10/11/2015

Welcome to our new intern Matthieu!
On his first day he went to visit Pilkhana and played with street children. They got along very well!!!
We wish him a very happy stay at Ashalayam Kolkata!!!!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 30/10/2015

The weather is getting colder and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye! So the kids are starting to write Xmas letters to their sponsors so they will receive them on time for the holidays. Don't they look adorable when they are concentrating?

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 28/10/2015

Happy Durga Puja everyone!
During the Puja Holidays, some children who still have family members were happy to reunite with them and celebrate the holidays together. It was a great occasion to get some beautiful family portraits. Enjoy!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 29/09/2015

On Saturday 26th of September 2015, in celebration of the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth, DB Ashalayam Kolkata had the great pleasure of inaugurating a new Vocational Training Centre. The centre was blessed by Rev. Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime SDB, the Rector Major of the Salesians, in presence of Rev. Fr. Nirmol Gomes SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Kolkata.
Rev.Fr. Angel was extremely pleased to meet our children and insisted upon shaking hands with every single one of them. The children were deeply moved by his gesture. They also greatly appreciated the delicious meal that was offered to them by our friends from Terapanth Yuvak Parishad.
To show their gratefulness, our children treated our guests with a touching performance about the life of street children and the help they receive from Ashalayam. They were greeted with heartfelt applause.
It was a wonderful day for the Children and Staff of Don Bosco Ashalayam, and they will remember it for years to come whenever they enter their beautiful new Vocational Training Centre.

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 27/08/2015

Happy Independence Day, India!!!!

On August 15th, we celebrated the anniversary of our country's independence from the British Empire. For the occasion, we all gathered in Ashalayam's courtyard to sing our national anthem and hoist the flag. The event was sponsored by the organisation Shree Hari Om Seva Samity, who offered us a delicious meal and a very entertaining show. We are very grateful for that!!! Thank you sponsors, we had a wonderful day!!!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 06/08/2015

Today, Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata received 4 new French volunteers! Margaux, Bérangère, Léo and Timothée will spend few days volunteering in Kalyani with the children! They are very excited to go there, have planned plenty of curricular activities related to sports, outings, dance, drawings etc.
A warm welcome to them and we are grateful for their dedication!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 24/07/2015

We had the pleasure to welcome for a few days Domitille, Joséphine, Morgane and Delphine, 4 scouts who were very keen to act along with Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata. It was with great enthusiasm that they joined Kalyani's shelters where they were warmly welcomed by the children and the supervising team. During their stay, they organized a number of programmes for the children : games, outings, drawings, dances, songs... They also shared their knowledge by teaching the youngsters. They left us with great memories! We thank them for their beautiful engagement!

If you also want to volunteer with us, you are most welcome! Contact us via the following email address: [email protected]

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 22/07/2015

Last Saturday, we had a great time in Don Bosco Ashalayam! On the occasion of Eid and Rath Yatra, Mr. Vishnu Tibrawal and other former students from Don Bosco Liluah organized a wonderful programme for Ashalayam children! There were plenty of fun activites to do : games, dances, songs and even a drama representation. It was a great occasion for the kids to showcase their talent on stage! The celebration ended with a feast where everybody shared delicious food and great jokes!

Ashalayam's got talent - Trailer/ Bande-Annonce 02/07/2015

Ashalayam's got talent - Trailer/ Bande-Annonce

Ashalayam's children are demonstrating their talents on stage on June 12th, 2015, to congratulate their 36 peers who obtained the Madhyamik (Class X) and 6 peers who obtained the Uccha Madhyamik (Class XII)

Ashalayam's got talent - Trailer/ Bande-Annonce Ashalayam's children are demonstrating their talents on stage on June 12th, 2015, to congratulate their 36 peers who obtained the Madhyamik (Class X) and 6 p...

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 30/06/2015

Congratulations to all Class X and XII students who successfully passed their exams!

The month of June was full of joy and great news in Ashalayam. Out of the 41 students who took the Madhyamik examination (Class X), 36 were successful. As were 6 out of the 7 students who took the Uccha Madhyamik examination(Class XII). Ashalayam held a wonderful ceremony in their honour on the 12th of June.
Children from (almost) all Ashalayam's homes came together to celebrate. They even prepared a small show to display their talents.
For those who could not attend, here are some pictures of the highlights of the day.

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 12/06/2015

Happy Birthday, Father C.L. Mathew!!!

This morning we celebrated Fr Mathew's 72nd birthday! We had a special mass in his honor and ate a delicious black forest cake! Then the kids joined in to sing Happy Birthday and give Fr Mathew their best wishes! And finally, Fr Mathew gave sweets to everyone!!!

Timeline photos 08/06/2015

Movie Quizz at the AshaShop this Thursday!

If you are in Kolkata, come to our shop from 5 to 7PM to test your knowledge of Hollywood and Bollywood movies! The winner will get a prize!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 08/06/2015

Last Thursday, Ashalayam had the pleasure to hold Father Alfred's Installation Ceremony! We had a mass in the chapel, during which the girls from the Maayer Asha Ichapur Shelter Home sang beautiful Hindi prayers. It was followed by a wonderful buffet, that everyone enjoyed (but especially the kids, who filled their bellies with mangos and sweets)!!!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 29/05/2015

Welcome Father Alfred!

Yesterday morning, we had the pleasure to welcome Father Alfred as the new Director of Ashalayam Kolkata. The children welcomed him with a heart-warming song and Father George gave him the keys to his new office. Father Alfred is very enthusiastic about his new position and is eager to get to know all the children and help them build a better future for themselves. We are very happy to have him amongst us and we wish him the best!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 04/05/2015

French event in asha-shop!

On Saturday 25, around 20 French speakers met in Ashalayam coffee-shop for a French-speaking event.

Organized in partnership with the association “Kawa”, which aims at recreating social link through French meetings all around the world, the event was a real success! The participants could exchange their ideas and point of view on the topic of childhood: memories, child rights, the condition of children in India, and so on. It was also the occasion to communicate on Ashalayam projects and sell handicrafts made by the youth in our Vocational Training Center.

Hoppefully, this event is the first of many more to come, thanks to the participation of volunteers like Thibault from France, who is currently involved for asha shop. Many thanks also to Sélina member of Kawa and friend of Ashalayam, Rita and Patrick (asha shop in-charge), Lorenzo, volunteer who supported the event and all the participants!

Photos from Don Bosco Ashalayam Kolkata's post 02/02/2015

Happy Don Bosco Feast day!

On January 31, the children and the staff of all Ashalayam homes gathered in Bhattanagar to celebrate Don Bosco Feast day. This annual event, awaited and prepared by the children and the staff long in advance, has been a success once more!

The program started with a mass and then followed songs, dances, a costume competition, sport activities and a good meal.


Ashalayam wishes a bright and happy new year 2015 to all of you!! May this new year bring more happiness, joy and success to Kolkata children and youth!

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