Night Shelter – A.K. Rao Santosh Bhavan
Santosh Bhavan is a night shelter and day care centre for children of all ages who are living on the streets with no other form of support. It is open to all children in need, but only provides residential care for boys – for a number of obvious reasons, girls in need of care are immediately taken to the special girls’ centre (Amodhini). Santosh Bhavan is a three storey building in the centre of Vijayawada. It has facilities for 150 children to stay overnight but given the decreasing number of real street children, the number of children (boys) who actually stay there varies roughly between 10 and 40. These children are provided with food and basic education. The building houses the SKCV hospital which offers medical care and advice.