The youth hostel, or Bambi Home, is built on Vanaprastha Campus. In the same complex there is “Vanaprastha Matric Higher Secondary School”
If a child needs, we welcome it
Bambi Home was born in 2010 with the forward-looking goal of giving greater opportunities both to the older children of Children’s Home and to external students from villages.
At first, they are allowed to come into contact with the social environment that awaits them in the outside world, made up of more wealthy people and others less well.
Village children are given the opportunity to study and grow in an environment where they are constantly followed. This is a very important factor, since studying is a path that does not start and end during school hours.
Bambi Home is divided into two large buildings that house girls and boys. In the middle between the two buildings, there is the building that houses the ground floor, the hostel’s canteen and the kitchens and Vanaprastha Higher Secondary Matric School on the upper floors. The two wings of the hostel house the male and female dormitory rooms, a classroom floor of the school on the male side. The total capacity between boys and girls is around 350 guests. The very large canteen can accommodate up to 800 people. In the girls’ wing there is the house of the nuns who manage the hostel and the chapel. Finally, there are guest rooms and basic structures to guarantee primary services such as water and energy, laundry, kitchens, photovoltaic system. A vast space for games extends.
Not just a hostel
Student life inside Bambi Home takes place in a similar way to that of Children’s Home. Structurally there are no huge differences, the basic educational principles and values are the same. Of course the boys of Bambi Home are older and more mature and therefore the rules and habits also undergo slight adaptations. In any case, all children are allowed to live in a family atmosphere and to become increasingly independent by growing up.
The girls are mainly followed by the nuns who collaborate in the Vanaprastha projects, while the boys are mostly followed by the educators present. Education continues to follow the fundamental holistic principle, which is accompanied by personal care not only in the didactic-disciplinary aspect, but also in the psychological and developmental aspects of the person.
Teenage boys begin the path of self-awareness by facing the typical adolescent dynamics. The Vanaprastha staff is concerned, therefore, with supporting them on this journey both by allowing them to carry out activities as varied and dynamic as possible and by constantly making available a personal counseling service offered by the most specialized personnel on the subject
The day begins with the alarm clock at 5:45, then from 6:30 to 7:15 there is Yoga. Then we have breakfast and complete the study work and review the studied agents. Lessons start at 8:45. After classes at 4 pm the boys play for about an hour and a half. At 18, then, they go to the study room to perform their homework. From 20 to 21 dinner and recreation. Finally, the day ends with the last moment of study from 21 to 22 and 30. During the free days instead, like Sunday, the boys have much more free time to carry out creative or leisure activities. These days, the kids can receive visits from their relatives, and when it comes to several consecutive holidays, they are also given the opportunity to go home.
Bambi Home for all – Unlike the Children’s Home, small and dedicated exclusively to children in conditions of extreme discomfort, Bambi Home is open to any student boy who wants to educate himself in Vanaprastha Campus.
Students’ families not coming from Children’s Home are asked to contribute to finance the maintenance costs. Aid is provided for poor or very poor families who trust Vanaprastha’s staff to educate their children and who cannot bear the financial burden.
As is the case for purely school fees, the management provides a basic selection process that allows to identify and distinguish those who need more help from those who can bear the expense of child support. Therefore, there are many cases of young people coming from villages completely or partially exempt from the payment of contributions.
This choice is in line with the Vanaprastha Mission. The goal of opening up to the surrounding villages and revolutionizing the education system could not otherwise be implemented if the organization’s services were dedicated only to those coming from wealthy families.
I benefici di vivere nella Bambi Home
In addition to the more immediate benefit of education, the children who grow up in the Bambi Home are put in a position to learn to live and live together in society. Living in a family of a village of a few dozen people often means seeing the world as the space inside your home, where you can close yourself and feel protected. In the Bambi Home the boys live with many of their peers, friends and brothers, and receive the education and spirit of Shantimarga. To ensure their correct and constructive integration into society, it is essential that they learn to live with others, to help each other and respect each other and to share what they have. This is the mark that Vanaprastha wants to convey to his boys: to maintain a holistic approach to life and become good citizens.