Dr. Kalam Bridge Course
Voice of Slum’s Bridge course is focused on children, who are engaged in child labor, street children, and children working as domestic help, children who are addicted to drugs, and so on. The programme identifies children living in the slums of Noida, Uttar Pradesh who are out of school and children who do not go to school and are first-generation learners. Community mobilizers and volunteers of VoS visit families and convince the parents to send their children to join the Bridge Course. The course helps in bridging the gap of children’s lack of education and prepares them for the mainstream school, it focuses not only on their education but helps them build their confidence and empower them. The program has so far reached 700 children and 15 slums. The bridge course is for one and a half years, and when a child completes the course he/she is sent to the mainstream school where VoS sponsors 75% of the school fees and support financially till graduation.
After School Program
The after school program provides academic support for all subjects to all the children who have joined the mainstream school who have been a part of the VOS bridge course. So far 300 students have been enrolled inmainstream school, both government and private schools. The after school program also focuses on helping the kids cope with stress, motivates children to continue going to school because the change in environment sometimes makes it difficult for the children to adjust, we also encourage them to participate in the class and in different events and help them develop their self-esteem. We also provide them with school supplies and health checkups.
Slum Post is India’s first magazine for and by slum children. Slum Post is a bilingual magazine which highlights and covers stories of slum children. All the reporters of the Slum Post are slum children; they go to communities and covers stories of slum children who defied the clutches of poverty and hardship and emerged successful, it also covers the struggles and adversity slum people face, especially children in the slums. The main aim of slum post is to reach out to the Government to let them understand the real struggles of living in a slum. Slum Post works as a bridge between the people of the slums and the Government.
Vocational Training & Personality Development
The program was started in the year 2018; it focuses on adolescent slum girls who have dropped out of school and who are not motivated to study. The girls are given tailoring classes with an aim that through the training they learn knowledge and skills and can help them to be financially independent. Around 85 girls from various slums and underprivileged families in and around Noida have been trained under this program. Many of them run their own small-tailoring business after completing training at the center.