ANMA (Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh) Integrated Development Association (AIDA) is the social development wing of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of Dimapur.
Salesians of Don Bosco – SDB
The Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), founded in Italy in 1859, is an international organisation with a mission to be signs and bearers of God’s love to young people, especially those who are poor. Today, with the support and collaboration of an enormous partner network of men, women and young people of all ethnic affinities, religious affiliations and cultures, SDBs boldly and creatively strive to translate this mission in diverse settings in countries of the world. Our heritage is the breathtaking vision of our founder Don Bosco (1815-1888) and the radicality of the pedagogy he lived and advocated. He challenged the institutions and paradigms of his time and evolved an alternate theory and praxis, in order to make contact with and make a difference to the troubled world of the youth of his time and their religious, political, economic, social and cultural milieu.
SDB in the North East
The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in Assam in 1922, under the leadership of Fr Louis Mathias. Don Bosco personnel lived and worked under challenging conditions of unfamiliar terrains and cultures, bringing the message of peace and prosperity, health and education to the welcoming, warm-hearted peoples of this region.
Today, the work continues through a network of SDB centres spread over various states, together with their numerous collaborators, allied organizations and well-wishers in the three Salesian administrative divisions (provinces) of the Northeast: the Guwahati Province that covers Lower Assam, and part of Meghalaya, Tripura which covers Mizoram, Tripura and part of Meghalaya and the Dimapur Province that includes Arunachal Pradesh, Upper Assam, Manipur and Nagaland.