Ramakrishna Mission Singapore - Boys' Home Page
Boys' Home
About Us
Aims and Objectives
Environment
Education
Recreation
Spiritual & Moral
General Training
Medical Facilities
About Us
Ramakrishna Mission - Singapore was established in Singapore in 1928 and initially functioned from Norris Road. The growing activities of the Mission led to the establishment of the present premises at Bartley Road.
Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home came about as a result of the Second World War (1942). The war claimed hundreds of lives leaving children orphaned and homeless. It was at this juncture that the Swamis of the Ramakrishna Order gave refuge to these helpless children. This was the beginning of a Home to render assistance and guidance to children who had no one to turn to. The Ramakrishna Mission Boys' Home, as we know it today, was opened in 1950. The building has facilities to accommodate children who need love, guidance and care.
Aims and Objectives
The primary intention of the Home is to educate the children while inculcating moral and spiritual values in them based on the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. These ideals evolve around character-building through the development of a child's physical and mental faculties and moral and spiritual values. This is carried out in the Home through a diciplined life incorporating activities such as physical exercises, games, studies, moral education and prayers.
The Home is run by Swamis of the Ramakrishna Mission. They are assisted by two supervisors cum social workers, tutors and volunteers. The boys are provided with aconductive environment to enable them to grow into wholesome individuals. They are provided with opportunities to develop their potential up to tertiary level.
As most of the boys are from broken or single parent families, the ultimate objective of the Home is to unite as many of the boys as possible with their families. Hence, parents are encouraged to visit the boys as often as they can and take the boys home for short periods during the vocation. The Swamis and supervisors interact with the parents to facilitate the building of a good relationship between the boys, their parents and the Home.
Environment
The Home is situated in Bartley Road amidst peaceful and serene surroundings. The boys are provided with all the necessary amenities. They also have comfortable and clean dormitories and proper study halls.
Education
Top priority is given to education. The boys go to schools near the Home. Besides, they are provided with constant help and guidance by the Swamis, supervisors, tutors and volunteer-teachers. A well thought out routine has been developed to facilitate the growth and progress of the individual. Ample study periods are provided to ensure that the boys have sufficient time for study and for doing their school assignments. Their progress is closely monitored by keeping in touch with the schools and through periodic discussions with the tutors
Recreation
Physical development is not neglected either. Regular playtime is provided and there is a large field where the boys can play soccer and other outdoor games. Indoor games, too, are available for the quieter individuals. Selected viewing of television programmes is also permitted. A well-stocked library provides good reading material for the book-lover. A computer lab has recently been added
Spiritual & Moral
To ensure the boys grow up as upright and honest citizens, there is always free discussion on moral values during informal sessions. The imparting of these values is intensified during religious classes conducted weekly by the Swamis. Regular prayer sessions in the temple help to fortify the boys' character and provide them the internal strength and courage.
General Training
The boys are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the premises. So they are allotted duties to keep the living quarters clean and to maintain the premises. They are also trained to keep their personnel belongings clean and tidy
Medical Facilities
Boys who fall ill are taken to the nearby polyclinic for treatment. The Mission's pool of doctor members also readily offer their services to the Home when needed.