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Help Chandni Provide A Better Future To Slum Kids

Chandni Khan was born in a slum, a place several kids take birth and die in oblivion. But she refused to lay back and make her peace with her grim destiny as she climbed out of the darkness and is now extending her hand to pull others out of it too.


Chandni recalls, “From the age of five, I used to travel along with my father to perform street magic shows and dance, even late at night”. Things further deteriorated for her when her father passed away and the onus of earning for the family fell upon her shoulders.  

“At the age of eight, I had shifted to rag picking. Verbal abuses and dog bites became a part of my daily routine and at the end, I ended up in jail over false accusations of stealing. I kept changing my job, from selling flowers to corn, I was doing it all. During one of these monotonous days, I got lucky and met a few NGO volunteers who were educating children from the slums. It was then I discovered my purpose,” she narrates her story.


Chandni, who is now 22 years old, was 10 when she got enrolled in an open school and began her education. She is in class 11 now. Soon after beginning her studies she realized its importance and started inspiring communities to send their kids to study. She worked intensively with the NGO and helped them impact as many kids as possible. Her contribution was duly recognized as she was appointed District Secretary and then got promoted to the post of National Secretary.


She also started working for a newspaper for the slum kids called Balaknama, became a reporter for it and then, later on, became the editor. She collected stories of street children addressing the issues like sexual abuse, child labor, police brutality etc. and also narrated stories of hope and happiness. But she later left Balaknama as they did not look after under-aged kids and Chandni felt that there was a lot to be done in that area. That is when she conceived ‘Voice of Slum’.


Chandni started the NGO Voice of Slum (VoS) in Noida in 2015. She wanted to prepare the slum children for a world of intimidation, mistrust and very high expectations. Chandni says, “Firstly we connect with them through basic plays, so that we spark an interest and connect with them mentally, so they start listening to us. Then we slowly and gradually start providing them basic education”. 

To begin with, VoS takes a child under their wing and provides free education for 1.5 years. These ‘tuition classes’ are to prepare the child for mainstream education. After 1.5 years of taking VoS classes, the child is enrolled in a school. Depending upon the timings of the school, VoS takes additional classes in the morning or evening to ensure that the kids are up-to-date and their education is progressing well. Through educational, vocational activities, the NGO can ensure that young children don’t get into drugs or stealing but rather prepare themselves for a better, mainstream and respectable future. This will not only help these street kids to enter into the mainstream society but also dramatically decrease the abuse of these young kids. They will know their rights, they will know what’s right from wrong, and they will eventually help and nurture the other kids who face the same challenges.


Voice of Slum now works for the basic needs of these underprivileged children and organizes various activities for the same. They work towards health and nutrition, education, and shelter for these kids. “Today, we have trained about 300 students. Of these, at least 50 have secured formal education opportunities, 50 others have secured jobs, and we have rescued five girls from deplorable conditions,” says Chandni. She dreams that each and every kid in the slums of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh gets proper education.



The Need:
Chandni and her team is struggling to pay the expenses of running a rented premises to provide the best quality education to the slum children. They need funds to provide food, stationery and also pay the fees for the slum kids enrolled in schools. They also need to pay the salaries of 8 teachers. Your support will help Chandni and ‘Voice of Slum’ to get more children out of the slums and give them a better life.
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13th July 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for all your support. It is only with your help that we are able to continue the good work.

With the funds we received, we were able to provide 8 lakh meals till now to the daily wage labourers. Along with that we also distributed masks, hand sanitizer, face shield etc. to fight the ongoing pandemic.

Things are tough and we are very grateful for all your love and support you have given to us to make this possible.

Thank you,
Voice of Slum
Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for all your support. It is only with your help that we are able to continue the good work.

With the funds we received, we were able to provide 8 lakh meals till now to the daily wage labourers. Along with that we also distributed masks, hand sanitizer, face shield etc. to fight the ongoing pandemic.

Things are tough and we are very grateful for all your love and support you have given to us to make this possible.

Thank you,
Voice of Slum
10th April 2020
Greetings to all of you.
As you know, we are all facing an unprecedented crisis in the form of Coronavirus disease. However, the children at Voice of Slum (VoS) are facing a double crisis. Their parents are daily wage earners, who don't have any money to feed their family during this lockdown. While you and I can hope for things to get better at the end of this 21 day period, they are finding it hard to survive by the end of it.

VoS is running a campaign to help out these families. I request you to please contribute and share this crowdfunding link with as many people as possible. Let us all come together in this time of need and make sure NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND.
Link for donation is:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-voiceofslum
Greetings to all of you.
As you know, we are all facing an unprecedented crisis in the form of Coronavirus disease. However, the children at Voice of Slum (VoS) are facing a double crisis. Their parents are daily wage earners, who don't have any money to feed their family during this lockdown. While you and I can hope for things to get better at the end of this 21 day period, they are finding it hard to survive by the end of it.

VoS is running a campaign to help out these families. I request you to please contribute and share this crowdfunding link with as many people as possible. Let us all come together in this time of need and make sure NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND.
Link for donation is:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-voiceofslum
27th February 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thanks for the love and support.

This is how the funds are being utilized:

Salary for 8 teachers:  for 8   month -  960000
Two women support staff for taking care of children's lunch and cleaning:  for 7 month 70000
1 community mobilizer - for 7 month- 77000  (For taking care of children's attendance and communication with parents)
Rent of the building premises: for 7 month -210000
100  children's lunch everyday (10 rupees per child per day): for seven month - 210000
Stationery: 152000
Mainstream school fee for  students:  105000
Inverter. - 55000
CcTV camera.- 11000

Thanks for all the support.

Regards,

Thanks
Chandni
Dear Supporters,

Thanks for the love and support.

This is how the funds are being utilized:

Salary for 8 teachers:  for 8   month -  960000
Two women support staff for taking care of children's lunch and cleaning:  for 7 month 70000
1 community mobilizer - for 7 month- 77000  (For taking care of children's attendance and communication with parents)
Rent of the building premises: for 7 month -210000
100  children's lunch everyday (10 rupees per child per day): for seven month - 210000
Stationery: 152000
Mainstream school fee for  students:  105000
Inverter. - 55000
CcTV camera.- 11000

Thanks for all the support.

Regards,

Thanks
Chandni
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Rs.47,301 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Voice Of Slum info_outline

Supporters (7)

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JINU RAJENDRAN donated Rs.501
SC
Sai donated Rs.3,000

I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit

DC
Dhrubajyoti donated Rs.300

Good luck Chandni!!

A
Anonymous donated $500

Wishing you all the best! Prayers for courage, patience and love to continue this wonderful work! This donation from me and my wife is in memory of my late Father in law who was a very loving person who cared for and took care of everyone who was in sorrow. Please pray for him. His name is M.Z. Paul. Thanks!

K
Kamalakkannan donated Rs.2,500

All because of GOD

Ra
Ranjan donated $50

You’re doing amazing work and and an inspiration to the society. Keep it up!