Founded by Fr. Edgar Peter Burns in 1969, Hayden Hall has strived to serve the marginalized sections of our communities in the Hills, staying true to its Motto ” Human Development through love and service”. Its belief in the overall development of the human body and mind, Hayden Hall has worked tirelessly for more than five decades, endeavouring to lift those in need, their families and their communities. Our work is currently centred around developing the three pillars of ” Health”, ” Education” and ” Livelihood”.
Hayden Hall began as a drop-in centre for the somewhat more privileged students at St. Joseph’s College, to expose them to the realities of community life and social work. Our founder, Father Edgar P. Burns, moved into the old building with three other St. Joseph’s teachers and ran an evening college for people whose day jobs prevented them from going to university. Then, Darjeeling had a devastating season—landslides, a terrible fire, and refugees from Tibet and Bangladesh. Fr. Burns realized the focus of Hayden Hall needed to change. He wanted more medical programs, nutrition, income-generation. His lifelong dedication to the poorest of the poor became a positive reality in Hayden Hall when the first building was purchased in 1969.