History

“The Institute is concerned above all for the educational needs of the poor as they strive to become aware of their dignity and to live and to be recognized as human beings and children of God." - Rule:11

We, the De La Salle Brothers of the Delegation of India commit ourselves to fulfill the mission of the Institute by promoting values through Education as exemplified by St. John Baptist de La Salle, our Holy Founder. We exercise our preferential option for the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. We earnestly involve ourselves in the promotion of Justice and Human dignity through the educational service we provide. We strive to form the youth to prepare themselves to take their right place in Society.


The first Institution started was St. Pius X Boys' Town, on the outskirts of Madurai, in August 1961. Many young men were convinced of the work of the Brothers and joined the Brothers gradually. The Boys' Town began to take shape. In 1967, four cottages were ready and was started with 25 boys depending on Loyola Technical School for training of the inmates, has now four government recognized trades - Carpentry, Welder, Turner and Electrical Technician and has so far trained over 1,800 boys in 40 years. There are 8 cottages with 90 boys who take training every year.


Lasalle Higher Secondary School, which was earlier known as P.M. Ornellas High School, was started by the Portuguese Missionaries in 1875. In 1964 the Brothers took over the School, t was upgraded as High School. The Students who used to come to this school were from the fisherman houses, nearby slums and dropouts from other schools. So the academic standard was very poor. Then standard of the school was slowly improved due to much hard work of the Brothers.


In 1976 the Brothers started a destitute home for 100 students which is partly helped by the government. In 1984 a new hostel building was built for the poor and orphan students that has been taking care of about 200 students every year. In 1994 the name 'P.M. Ornellas' was changed as St. Lasalle High school. And in 1995 the school was upgraded as Higher Secondary School having students upto 12th standard. And in 1998 the School achieved 100% pass in the state level higher secondary government examination. During the academic years 1998-1999 the Brothers started parallel English Medium sections. In order to take care of the drop out students the Brothers also started Lasalle Vocational Training Centre offering


Air Condition & Refrigeration course and Lasalle Computer Academy. St. Joseph's Boys Village, at Genguvarpatti, in Periakulam Taluk, about 40 miles from Madurai was started on 20th May 1974, the first group of poor junior boys were accommodated. There were about fifty boys including the families of the staff members, lived as one family. They had a common kitchen and had their meals together. Thus the environment of a Boys Home was maintained. Initially the boys were trained in agricultural farming, animal husbandry, and rural industries.


St. James School was a small middle school, in a remote village called Suranam, in Sivagangai District of Tamilnadu in South India under patronage of Sivagangai diocese. The primary occupation of the people in this village is agriculture, and they are generally poor farmers and daily wage earners. On June 4th 1986, the Brothers took over the school and later upgraded it into a higher secondary school. New constructions were established. We the Brothers at Arnould Anbalayam, taking into consideration the socio-economic and cultural aspects of the rural people, we commit ourselves to the promotion of Christian values, especially to the youth who are economically poor. We achieve this by inculcating the concept of "Learning and Sharing". We live as a community, helping the students to become able instruments in the society.


St. Joseph's High School is situated in Keelamudimun mission parish in the diocese of TUTICORIN. It is 36 Km away towards north west of TUTICORIN , a port town South India. This School was taken Over by the De Lasalle Brothers from the Diocese in June 2001 to animate and develop this most backward area 75% of the total populations are Dalits who are poor and ignorant and discriminated by the caste - minded people. This school caters to the educational needs of twenty Village children in around Keelamudimun. There three hundred Boys and two hundred twenty girls are studying. Because of this school, many of them are able to continue their secondary education. Valan (Lasalle) High School, Keelamudimun, a Lasallian Institution of Religious Educators who work with their dedicated Lay Partners, is committed to the service of mankind, especially the economically deprived, the illiterate, ignorant of their rights and dropouts, through formal and non formal education. The education being offered is founded on Christian principles which is animated by the Lasallian Spirit motivated by a desire to raise up economic and social status. This Lasallian Ministry would enhance and promote justice, human dignity and values for a better living as good citizens of India.


It is pleased to present to you and share with the activities of our school and the community. St. La Salle Puthumanam Industrial School works successfully for the development of the street and working children, poor and marginalized youth of our targeted area namely Dindigul and its suburbs.


" To care for the basic needs and priorities of the poorest affected Tsunami Victims in Nagapattinam, especially the women and children and empower them towards their overall development and self - reliance".

An alarming event made 26th December 2004 a black day in the history of humankind it turned the world's attention for its sympathy and support from the innumerable countries that never took place before in South East and South Asia sub continents.


Nagapattinam is one of the most affected towns in Tamil Nadu by Tsunami. It is situated towards East coast of Bay of Bengal. It is about 450 K.M. from Madras city. Lasalle Kadalisai in Nagapattinam is a branch office of the Society of Lasalle Brothers. Lasalle Kadalisai, a community of Delasalle Brothers is established to respond to the direct needs of the people affected by this catastrophe. As we are all aware that an unprecedented natural calamity bearing the name "tsunami" struck the eastern coast of Tamilnadu ravaging the whole economy of the region. People in multitudes including men, women and children became the victims for the fatal waves. The devastation of human lives and the assets numbered high that no one could ever anticipate it. Many children were orphaned, women left widowed and men became widowers. Their whole lives were left stranded and could not even see to their livelihood opportunities. They hungered for food, shelter and clothing especially in Nagapattinam District where it was reported that huge level of devastation took place. It is in this situation, Lasalle Kadalisai entered with the main thrust to safeguard women and children with their livelihood opportunities.


St. Lasalle Nursery & Primary School is situated in Nagapattinam mission. This School is to animate and develop this most backward area 75% of the total populations are Dalits who are poor and ignorant and discriminated by the caste - minded people. This school caters to the educational needs of twenty Village children in around Nagapattinam. There two hundred and fifty Boys and one hundred twenty five girls are studying. Because of this school, many of them are able to continue their education. A Lasallian Institution of Educators who work with their dedicated Lay Partners, is committed to the service of mankind, especially the economically deprived, the illiterate, ignorant of their rights and dropouts, through formal education. This Lasallian Ministry would enhance and promote justice, human dignity and values for a better living as good citizens of India.

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  •   Association of De La Salle Brothers in India,
        Boys' Town, Pulluthu Post,
        Nagamalai Via, Madurai,
        Tamil Nadu - 625 019, India.
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