Maria Ashiana, is an organization dedicated to saving vulnerable street children from the ravaging effects of substance abuse. For many of these children Maria Ashiana has opened up new horizons and secured for them a new lease of life.
Blessed on 8th December, 2004 and, finally, inaugurated on 27th February, 2005, Maria Ashiana works in collaboration with the Asha Foundation, Switzerland.
Maria Ashiana’s approach has evolved with time. Based on Father Barnabe’s experience since 1982, it now offers a comprehensive five-step programme, starting with outreach and concluding with definitive rehabilitation. At present Fr Xavier Devdas is heading this project. With creative and innovative ideas he is inspiring the students of Don Bosco Lonavla to realise the virtue of being generous to our neighbours, to the less-fortunate and to the environment.