Young Men's Christian Association

  • "Know me for my abilities, not my disability" - Robert M. Hensel
  • "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" – Mark Twain
  • "Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone" – Martina Navratilova
  • "I choose not to place "DIS", in my ability." – Robert M. Hensel
  • "Children with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are just as beautiful as all others, but they need help to spread their wings"
  • "The only disability in life, is a bad attitude" – Scott Hamilton
  • "Different but not less" – Temple Grandin
  • "Dis ABILITY: Broken in Body; Not in Spirit"
  • "Use their Skills: Light their Lives"
  • "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" – Frederick Douglass



The J.P.Kennett YMCA Boys' Home has blossomed out of the humanitarian vision of the then General Secretary of Madurai YMCA in 1954. He was moved by the sight of the destitute children roaming in the street and eating out of plantain leaves from the discarded rubbish heap. Therefore he started the Home with 5 destitute and orphan boys with public donation and support.

History behind an orphaned boy

Saraswathi is a housemaid brought up as an orphan. She eked out a living doing domestic chores. She was not married when she conceived Souri. She needed a husband as a social companion. Saraswathi's foster mother gave her own ailing son in marriage to her. The man died a few years later. Souri had a younger brother too. Saraswathi's income was not sufficient to meet the requirements of the family. She approached the Madurai YMCA and Souri was admitted in the Boys' Home.

The Boys' Home provides a good upbringing and education to orphans and semi-orphans like Souri. Staying in the boys' home, Souri finished his Schooling and Post graduation. He is a good athlete besides being good at studies. Now he is working in a leading company and drawing good salary. But for the YMCA Boys' Home, the like of him usually land in the hands of anti-socials. The Madurai YMCA feels happy and proud that nearly 2000 boys have benefited by its services and many have emerged as successful professionals.

At present we have 25 boys who are destitute and semi orphaned staying at the home. They have a very good education and living at the home.


YMCA J.P.Kennett Boys' Home
Alagappan Nagar, Madurai – 3.
Secretary Incharge: Mr.R.Arul Raj
Mobile No: 94892 - 84208.

Attention Please:- 'As a policy, we in YMCA Madurai do not engage or authorize our students with Hearing Impairment to appeal for donations on behalf of the charitable services provided. If at any point you are approached with such appeals, kindly dismiss them as fake and if possible kindly bring such dubious activities to our notice. Thank you'