MENTORING & EDUCATION
Education is desperately needed in deprived communities but the schooling system is not as it should be in most of the areas in rural and suburban areas. Here, we teach children from entry-level to intermediate, daily as after-school support so as to check dropouts and ensure the quality of education. Entry-level consists of kids who have not started schooling yet or kids who study in kindergarten. We encourage and develop their interest in schooling and self-learning. For elder kids, we try to help them with their education after school hours. And enroll those who have dropped out. We teach 6 days a week. Each volunteer is given a schedule in a particular class for 2-3 hours a week. Conditions of these kids are not like usual children. Their education is rather weaker than expected. So, to curb this problem and raise them to an optimal level we develop a specific course and syllabus for them. In order to fill the gap in other development aspects of children, we also organize various programs for them-
Creativity Circle: We organize summer and winter camps for them where we focus on extracurricular and recreational activities and all-round development- social, cognitive, language, and skills. Most of such events are managed and prepared by our students under the facilitation of our volunteers.
Student Career Cell: We also provide free computer classes, guidance, and preparations for various entrance exams like Central Schools, graduation & post-graduation to students from such communities who are unable to afford expensive coachings.
Libraries: The Gift of Reading Campaign
We also aim to set up libraries in the villages & slums for all such children and adults who would receive great help from the books on all the subjects. The library will also enlighten their awareness of education and life.
It focuses on the development of cultural, moral, ethical and civic values and responsibilities amongst upcoming generations through a rich curriculum of its own kind. Every Sunday all our children participate in Balsanskaarshala and learn healthy and valuable habits for life. Yes, we monitor their progress closely.
It's one of our projects dedicated to education for children of migrant construction laborers. These laborers travel half of the year for their living. They often carry their kids along. Because of the vagabond lifestyle, these kids mostly drop out of school and hardly re-initiate their education. This initiative has been launched keeping in mind the necessities of such children. In order to help them continue their education, we educate them in their settlements to provide them a healthy social environment and keeping them updated with functional literacy.
At Apni Paathshala, we find an opportunity to educate their mothers about the basics of nutrition and ways to manage a healthy diet with no extra budget. Spreading awareness on family health and hygiene makes helpful to reduce communicable diseases.
Mentors for Life
Innovation on social and community levels can create a great impact on the kids. We all need a mentor in life. We often have a mentor in form of the elder brother, sister, a teacher from the school or college, a good neighbor, or a friend other than mother and father. They guide us on most of the paths of our life, be it the career, health, emotional, psychological, personal, or intellectual. While working for these children and their parents, we observed a vacant space in their lives for such a person.
'Mentors for life' is an integral program of Malviya Child Welfare Foundation. This is to fill that vacant space of a mentor in their life with hope, love, care, and life on a personal level that's rooted in deep trust. There are several such children in these areas who are far more intelligent and talented than any of us have ever seen. Yes, that's true! We try to analyze kids on the basis of their academic and health needs, sincerity, special needs, willingness to learn, need for special care and need for psychological counseling. Such kids then are taken care by their mentors who are selected by our experts keeping in mind their preferences, specialties, interests, and their mutual relationship. The mentor takes the responsibilities for these kids with a sustainable and watchful process. The help and counsel the child, his/her parents in all possible ways to help the child excel in his/her career, social and personal life.
HEALTH & SANITATION
Undernourishment, poor hygiene, unawareness, poor income are the severe cause of the poor growth of children in deprived communities both mental and physical. Children in poor families, slum areas, on the streets, roaming in the traffic, selling flags and balloons… are far away from mainstream facilities of basic living. Well, an educated parent would know which doctor should be consulted. But, there are people who have lost their little ones with diarrhea that could be cured with a short course of medicines at an early stage. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body. True. So in order to expect more from our students, we have initiated a project dedicated to working to keep our children healthy and sound. We organize several health camps and awareness program where we provide them awareness, free health checkups, and treatment. Many children whose parents were unaware of their serious conditions are now treated on time.