Bidar, one of the 27 Districts of Karnataka, resembles the crown of the state occupying its northeastern tip.The district has five Taluks with their respective head quarters located at Aurad, Basavakalyan, Bhalki, Bidar and Humnabad. Due to its geographical location it has a unique Kannada language spoken in its own fashion, with lots of vocabulary borrowed from other languages.
As per the 2001 Census the total population of the District is 15.01 lakhs which constitutes 2.84% of State population. In the district, 39.60% families are living below poverty line.
The District's per capita income is low when compared to that of State, due to low productivity in agriculture and high unemployment and under employment. People migrate to bigger cities like Hyderabad, Pune and Bombay
As per Human Development Report 1997, the district stands in the 18th out of 20th position in the state with regard to literacy. The random study of primary education and higher primary education points to high rate of drop outs. It is estimated that about 3,00,000 children are in working situation. The occurrence of child labour in the town of Bidar is also very high.
The Salesians of Don Bosco from the Province of Bangalore has launched its presence in the district in the yaer 2006 -2007. Two Salesian priests were assigned to assist the school and a boarding house of the diocese diocese and to initiate Don Bosco presence in Bidar. Subsequently a plot of land was purchased just on the outskirts of the town which will be the centre of many youth development an skill training activities.
The project has already started their village presence by reach out in the rural villages and mobilizing them. At present the project conducts 5 tuition and study centres in the villages around the town of Bidar.
Young at Risk
From a rented premises in the town the project is already reaching out to the children and youth on the streets and at risk. The present intervention is aimed towards rescue and rehabilitation of the affected children.
Jeevan Prakash Boys Hostel
Near Shahapur Gate
Post Box No. 40
Phone: (08482) 22 42 92