Hayden Hall has for fifty years been dedicated to the alleviation of poverty, especially among women and children in Darjeeling and the surrounding hills. Its programs include Mother and Child Health, Education, Income Generation for women & Elderly, and a food-distribution program for at-risk mothers and infants as well as the elderly. Hayden Hall was inspired and lifted into reality by Fr. Edgar P. Burns, who –along with many dedicated local residents– instigated its beginnings and guided its growth and development until his death in 2010.