About Us


SURABI (Strategic Urban Rural Advancement Backing Institute) is a voluntary, Non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization of Chennai Salesian Province. It is the central Project Office that coordinates the socio-economic, cultural and educational development in rural and urban slum areas. This office attends to formal and non-formal academic and technical education, economic sustainability and empowerment of marginalized communities. In the year 1988, the Salesians of Chennai Province initiated the steps to establish a Development Project Office. The motive was to assist the province to realize the Capacity Building and the Developmental needs of the Province through Fund Raising, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting. In 1992 VIA DON BOSCO, Belgium paved the way for the formation of Development Offices in all Salesian Provinces of India for better collaboration. It was in 1993, the SURABI Trust was legally Registered on 14 February 2003. It has acquired FCRA, 80 G, PAN, TAN, 12AA of the INCOME TAX ACT, 1961. SURABI has its registered office in Chennai, South India and it reaches out to more than 32 Salesian communities in Chennai province. The Mission of SURABI is to Reach out to the poor, marginalized rural and urban people, study their needs and challenges, mobilize resources, network with local, national and international partners and lead them to sustainable development.