MESCO kick-started Salam's education journey
Little Salam Waris from Malad West, lives with his father, mother and sister in their tiny house. His father is a taxi driver and mother a housewife. After suffering an accident, his father injured his leg and had to decrease his daily hours of driving. The family has since been facing a financial crunch. The family approached the non-profit as they were not being able to afford Salam's education. Not only did Salam receive free education but he was well-supported through the crisis his family was going through. He has successfully finished Nursery education and is now ready to get admission in a good English medium school and complete his higher education and become the ray of hope for his family.
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This program focuses on a chain of English Medium Nursery Schools (Balwadis) in slum pockets of Mumbai. The centres are at Andheri, Bandra West, Bandra East (Bharat Nagar), Dharavi, Goregaon (Slaughter Colony), Govandi-I (Lotus Colony), Govandi-II (Lotus Colony), Govandi-III (Baiganwadi), Jogeshwari East, Kurla East (Quresh Nagar), Malad Malwani, Wadala (Bangalipura). 426 students are on the roll currently. And the main aim of the program is to prepare kids for admission to high schools. Their model of learning follows the play way & child centred method. They have prayers, revision, the introduction of lessons. Healthy food is provided to the students and follow-up activities are done. The schools are situated in slum areas, so the income of the families is mostly between Rs 7000 to Rs 12000. They stay in rented houses and only a very few have their own houses. They take kids between the age group of 2.9 to 3.9 years, for Junior KG the age group is 3.9 to 4.9 years.