Sushant Khetle started working as an apprentice with SIEMENS for advanced technical skills program after completing Mobile repair course in 2014-15 through vocational training course Skills@School initiative by Salaam Bombay Foundation. He could earn Rs 7100 as a trainee and contribute towards the family income. “The course at Salaam Bombay Foundation, guided me towards a career in technical trade. I always wanted to learn about technology and the course helped realize my dream” says an elated Sushant.
Amreen started to train in hockey at the Sports Academy of Salaam Bombay and is hopeful of making a name for herself. Kavita Sonar too played hockey at state level and earned few scholarships to continue her education. She works as a salon manager and attributes her growth to training at Salaam Bombay.
These are but a few examples of underprivileged children who could break the shackles of poverty, ignorance and social pressures to emerge winners from circumstances.
Those of us who were fortunate enough to be born in families that raised and educated us to stand on our feet today, might take things like school, access to clean food and water, shelter and clothes granted. But it is those who are deprived of such basic things that are guided and helped by the Salaam Bombay Foundation.
The foundation believes in ‘A child in school has future‘. And with this faith the NGO works with kids from a young age when they are most susceptible to give up on school.
The Salaam Bombay Foundation not only steers kids in right direction by making them understand the importance of education but provides guidance in various vocational fields besides basic education. It also tries to involve kids in initiatives related to health thereby making the impressionable minds understand perils of unhealthy, undernourished and addicted life.
An anti-tobacco drive where kids participated with their families in putting up stalls of home-cooked healthy low-cost food and collaborated with government agencies in fighting against tobacco.
When I heard about them I felt happy that someone is trying to make a difference and creating better lives.
I hope to help at least one child in realizing a dream someday. Let us all work towards making someone reach a respectable place in society.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a paid post. I found the foundation’s work praiseworthy and hence this write up. Please check their credentials before getting involved.