Don Bosco Alfalah Boys Hostel
As per the name, the Alfalah Boys hostel was founded by Fr. Atto a Franciscan missionary, for the abandoned, unruly and marginalized young boys of Quetta. Later, on the arrival of Salesians in Quetta and after the death of Fr. Atto this apostolate was taken by Salesians of Don Bosco. It was moved from Spinny road to A-1 City inside Don Bosco Learning Center. Currently there are 20 boys residing in Don Bosco Alfalah Boys Hostel. Most of the boys accommodated are from other cities and very few boys from Quetta who are orphans or from a very low-income family.
The hostel boys are given opportunities for prayer twice a day along with catechism, time for studies, recreation and meals. To create disciple in their lives and to value work, they are taught to do cleaning of the house and some manual work.
Laura Vicuna Girls Hostel
As the boys are taken cared by the Salesians, the girls from different cities of Balochistan are residing in Laura Vicuna Girls Hostel, which is under the supervision of Sr. Doreen Epitwela, RGS. The girls are also taught in a way which could deepen their Christian faith. Every day they clean the house, the vicinity of the girl’s hostel and some cooking in the evening. They are also taught knitting and sewing on weekends by Sr. Doreen.
Since the Salesian Congregation has the chrism to work for the youth and with the youth, the Salesian community of Mary Help of Christians Quetta do their best to reach out to the young people in the school, hostel, youth center and at diocesan for their formation. In the school on Fridays, Br. Noel Clement, SDB organizes youth groups (interest clubs) meetings. On the Saturdays afternoon, the community organizes Oratory for the young boys and girls of Hostels, Essa Nagri and the employees of Don Bosco. They play, meet by groups, pray rosary and are given Bible Study based on the next Sunday’s readings and Gospel. Fr. Samuel Adnan, SDB who is also given the responsibility of Diocesan Youth Ministry has started to organize youth animators from different cities and parishes of Balochistan. The Salesian Community has also formed a group of the young past pupils of Don Bosco Learning Center, who get their regular formation and become an apostle for the young.
Don Bosco Learning Center
From the start, it was in the mind of the Salesian Pioneers in Quetta to build a school which will be located at the peripheries and where Christian communities could have an easy access to the educational facilities. Currently the school educates more than 800 students in three different sections (Pre-junior, Junior and Senior) from class nursery to Matric. On the Saturdays of every month the teachers are given catechism and seminars to inline their education style according to the style of Don Bosco’s preventive system. In the evening, a skill development program is run for the girls in which they are taught stitching and sewing. An academy is run to tutor and prepare the students and for those who are preparing for the CSS.