VYF’s first ever project, started with five slum children, has impacted the lives of over hundreds of children from neighboring slums in the last three decades. The majority of the children are first generation learners. Their parents are illiterate and mostly work as domestic help or temporary laborers.
Providing formal, non-formal value education , vocational training and nutrition to 1st generation learners
Age: 5 – 18 years, orginating from neighboring slums and attending municipal schools
A team of teachers and volunteers from neighboring colleges viz. Mithibai College, NMIMS, NM College, Mukesh Patel College of Engineering amongst others, meticulously plans out activities for every Thursday 2 days in advance
Children are divided into logical groups based on age/ aptitude and an able volunteer team is assigned to each group to impart lessons in basic and advanced Mathematics and English
Progress of each and every child is monitored and the programme is subsequently tailored to match every child’s capability, grasp and response
Every session begins with 30 minutes of Yoga conducted by a trained yoga guru and ends with children singing the Indian National Anthem
Children are taken for educational excursions and day long picnics, fairs, exhibitions, circus, movies, trekking, etc.
Non-formal education is offered using unique methods to make the children familiar with the world we live in
Elder children are trained as leaders and act as volunteers for big social events guiding their younger counterparts
Activities such as drama, music, dance and intelligence games are conducted to ensure all round development of children
Vocational training is imparted in gift wrapping paper and card making, bag and envelope designing, candle making, jewelry designing and diya painting to enhance the creative skills of children and to create an alternative source of income for them.
Healthy snacks are distributed at the end of every session