Santhiran

Our Journey With Boys' Town

In the first 3 days of this boy’s stay in Boys’ Town, he refused to eat any meals, refused to take medications, and refused to follow our programmes. I approached him to offer a cup of water, sat him down to have a chat and that’s when he started opening up to me. He was upset that his single mother neglected him and his siblings, blamed him for not behaving well and placed him in Boys’ Town.

We felt that purely going down the route of disciplining wouldn’t be helpful for this boy as he didn’t get much love while growing up. Instead, us youth workers focused on giving him more individual attention to build rapport and gain his trust. Over time, he became close to us. He could tell that the staff here genuinely care and go beyond our duty of work, to come back on our off days to talk to the boys and to play soccer with them.

Noticing his deep love for reading and writing, I gave him a notebook to pen down his emotions whenever he was unhappy. At the end of the month, he would share his thoughts with me and reflect on why he wrote them and how he could better manage the situation.

Interestingly, I happened to meet his teacher who remarked the 180 degree change observed in the boy. He is now very attentive and well-behaved, and the teacher even remarked that Boys’ Town has played a very instrumental role in his life!



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Santhiran

Our Journey With Boys' Town

In the first 3 days of this boy’s stay in Boys’ Town, he refused to eat any meals, refused to take medications, and refused to follow our programmes. I approached him to offer a cup of water, sat him down to have a chat and that’s when he started opening up to me. He was upset that his single mother neglected him and his siblings, blamed him for not behaving well and placed him in Boys’ Town.

We felt that purely going down the route of disciplining wouldn’t be helpful for this boy as he didn’t get much love while growing up. Instead, us youth workers focused on giving him more individual attention to build rapport and gain his trust. Over time, he became close to us. He could tell that the staff here genuinely care and go beyond our duty of work, to come back on our off days to talk to the boys and to play soccer with them.

Noticing his deep love for reading and writing, I gave him a notebook to pen down his emotions whenever he was unhappy. At the end of the month, he would share his thoughts with me and reflect on why he wrote them and how he could better manage the situation.

Interestingly, I happened to meet his teacher who remarked the 180 degree change observed in the boy. He is now very attentive and well-behaved, and the teacher even remarked that Boys’ Town has played a very instrumental role in his life!



Please support us!Make a difference - transform their lives


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