THE HOME AS IT GREW
THE CHURCH NOW A HERITAGE BUILDING
THE NEW BUILDING COMPLEX
THE NEW FACE OF ST.CRISPIN'S HOME
THE NEW CLASS ROOMS
THE CONVENTION CENTRE
Thereafter in 1951 as a last resort, the CSMV
Sisters who were already working here were handed over this entire
property to continue and conduct their social welfare activities
independently with no financial or administrative support from
anywhere or anyone.
So with some:
- empty building with no electricity...
- a table, chair and stool...
- with two cats sitting on the table as if in charge...
- and the Sisters sitting on the ground, sipping hot cocoa made
in powder milk from badly chipped enamel mugs decided to continue
the work of the Home with about 7 girls and women.
The Home was thus reborn... and with vision, deep commitment and
very hard work of the Sisters by 1954 there were 53 girls in the
The shortage of Sisters, staff and
finance did not deter them and the work grew inspite of all the
problems that continued to dog their work they simply pressed ahead
with the work in Faith.
Since then St. Crispin’s has
always looked ahead….. and grew into a Home with 300 children
who were cared for in six dormitories, a infirmary, kitchen, small
hall, the primary and secondary schools and tailoring class and
office right up to the year 2002.
In the year 1985 this property was put on the market for sale/development
which started a twelve year legal battle in various courts.
After a spirited fight it was decided
to put our minds to it and finally settle this matter as :
(a) we were not owners of the land
which posed some sort of constant threat to our rights,
(b) we were defendants, or appellants in the court cases.
(c) the maintenance of the existing 100 year old buildings was very
(d) the Authorities were not granting any permission for renovation
or construction of new buildings because of the litigation and
(e) the litigation was eating into scarce finances which would have
eventually had an adverse impact on the work or even survival of
And so with much heartache, prayers,
opposition, sacrifice and marathon meetings an agreement was reached
with all concerned.
The new complex is three times the
size of the old (seen above) and is part of the settlement received
by us free of cost with the Church, adjacent bungalow and staff
quarters on 3 acres of land as our own along with exclusive rights,
title and interests. Now the work of St. Crispin's Home can continue
uninterrupted by such legal issues...
The new building complex as you see
it consists of:
(a) The Residential Child Care Facility (RCCF)
(b) The Primary School (Std I-VII).
(c) The Secondary School (Std VIII-X).
(d) A Vocational Training Centre (presently only tailoring &
(e) A Personality Development Centre which will include both formal
and informal training programmes & conferences with a counselling
(f) A Multi-purpose utility hall for hosting various functions and
programmes of the Home and for indoor games such as badminton, table
This new complex, as shown below was
inaugurated on 25th October 2002, the Birthday of St. Crispin's.
It is a modern well ventilated spacious building with basic amenities
and provides a conducive atmosphere for child
development, is user friendly, low on maintenance costs, and to
a good extent self-sufficient.