Havari was found in Bangalore railway station at the beginning of December. When brought to BOSCO Yuvodaya he spoke with a counsellor and said that his step mother had been beating him and his own mother was not taking care of him. He said that his father and step mother are always arguing and that she doesn’t give them proper food. His father had left the home a few days ago and Havari said he left to look for his father.
Two days later his father and a relative came to collect Havari and the staff spoke to them about him being neglected. His father explained that Havari had not been going to school for the past year and during the day he was roaming around outside. It then emerged that his step mother is actually his mother (for some reason he had hidden this) and on hearing more details about the family situation the counsellor suggested that his mother might have a psychological illness and needs to be taken to the hospital. As it takes time to help resolve these issues, the father and BOSCO staff agreed that it was best for Havari to stay in BOSCO Mane until the situation at home had improved.
Havari received a number of further counselling sessions whilst staying at BOSCO Mane and after a few days had settled in very happily, getting along well with the staff and other boys. He also started to show some interest in studying.
He enjoyed talking to his father on the phone but unfortunately sometimes there were problems with the connection and he got very upset. After a few days of not being able to get through to his father, Havari expressed a keen desire to go home. BOSCO staff then arranged to accompany him home and find his family. He agreed that he would go back to school and BOSCO arranged with the school to accept him. He had dropped out of school over a year ago but the rehabilitation programme at BOSCO motivated him to have an interest in education and encouraged him to do so.
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