To present slum children with opportunities and help the children break barriers to make sure that they reach their full potential through education.
To transform a generation of slum children through education by making them a part of the mainstream society.
Both Dev and Chandni were passionate about serving the slum kids. They met and came up with the plan to start an NGO focused on helping slum kids enter mainstream society. They somehow managed to open an NGO but couldn’t go far without funding. Thanks to the active support of the mentors they connected to on social media, they were able to launch and sustain their initiative. Their mission is to get slum kids into education, train slum teenagers on vocational skills and help them fit in the mainstream society.
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As a boy, Dev could no longer take the abuse from his father and was strong enough at the age of 11 to run away from his home. He lived on railway station for several days, got arrested and was in juvenile jail for a fortnight. He too was born to be just another slum dweller, ragpicker and a beggar, but decided to fight for a better life. To start earning to sustain himself, he first moved to Goa, working as a waiter in the restaurant of a stranger he accidentally met. After some years he came back to Delhi planning to open a mobile repairing shop with the savings he did in Goa. But unfortunately, it could not achieve his dream due to his mother’s untimely death in an accident. After spending months fighting depression, he managed to join a company as a salesperson. Even though he was earning enough to live comfortably, his heart was not happy. He then met Chandni who had similar background and thoughts on helping slum kids get a better life and Voice of Slum NGO was born. Editor of their SlumPost magazine, he has also been a speaker at TEDx, JoshTalks, the August Fest, ”Media Festival”, “Thapar University” & speaker at “Punjab University, Patiala” etc.
A girl who was once a Slum-dweller, a ragpicker, is now brave enough to manage hundreds of kids in her NGO. Chandni, from a tender age of 6, started doing roadside shows. After the untimely death of her father, she had to survive with her mother by rag picking and selling flowers at traffic lights. When she was 10, she got associated with BADHTEY KADAM, an organisation which facilitates educational and healthcare needs of underprivileged children. She not only caught up with her education but started actively working for the NGO activities. She rose to be the national secretary of the organisation. She has faced all the problems, what a slum child had to face and had to work multiple shifts to feed herself and her family. Later she was chosen to be the editor of the newspaper named ’BALAK NAMA’ which went on to become the biggest such newspaper in India. For her service, she was awarded the ‘KARAM VEER CHAKRA’ award, ’We The Women’ award by Burkha Dutt, ’REEBOK – FIT TO FIGHT’ award by Kangana Ranaut. She is a popular speaker at events such as TEDx, JOSH TALKS, and WOMEN CONFERENCES.