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Help Chandni Get Children Out Of Slums


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.



Chandni has been felicitated with many awards for her work with the slum children and her work has been recognized by many organizations.

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.

Breakup of funds required monthly:

  1. Salary for 8 teachers:  120000
  2. Two women support staff for taking care of children's lunch and cleaning: 10000
  3. 1 community mobilizer - 11000  (For taking care of children's attendance and communication with parents)
  4. Rent of the building premises: 30000
  5. 100  children's lunch everyday (10 rupees per child per day): 30000
  6. Stationery: 20000
  7.  Mainstream school fee for 100 students: 65000

    Total amount - 286000 per month
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26th September 2019
Dear Supporters,

Your contribution is making a positive impact on society. I am sharing a few updates with you all. With your immense contribution, we are releasing the salary of eight teachers and one supporting staff for this month. We have also purchased raw materials for making food for our kids. Voice of Slum is indebted and filled with gratitude by your kind gesture of support.
Love and Prayers!




मैं आप सभी लोगों का दिल से आभार व्यक्त करती हूं वॉइस ऑफ स्लम कोई संगठन नहीं है यह एक सोच है झुग्गी झोपड़ी वाले बच्चों की हम एक बच्चे को स्लम से निकालकर हिस्सा बनाने का काम कर रहे हैं अगर वह बच्चा स्लम से निकलकर इस  समाज का हिस्सा बन गया तो उसके आने वाला पूरा जनरेशन सुधर जाएगी इस महत्वपूर्ण मुहिम में आपने जो हमारा साथ दिया है मैं आपकी बहुत बहुत आभारी हूं दिल से धन्यवाद देती हूं आप सबकी मदद के बिना यह कार्य मुश्किल होता

 आप की चांदनी
Dear Supporters,

Your contribution is making a positive impact on society. I am sharing a few updates with you all. With your immense contribution, we are releasing the salary of eight teachers and one supporting staff for this month. We have also purchased raw materials for making food for our kids. Voice of Slum is indebted and filled with gratitude by your kind gesture of support.
Love and Prayers!




मैं आप सभी लोगों का दिल से आभार व्यक्त करती हूं वॉइस ऑफ स्लम कोई संगठन नहीं है यह एक सोच है झुग्गी झोपड़ी वाले बच्चों की हम एक बच्चे को स्लम से निकालकर हिस्सा बनाने का काम कर रहे हैं अगर वह बच्चा स्लम से निकलकर इस  समाज का हिस्सा बन गया तो उसके आने वाला पूरा जनरेशन सुधर जाएगी इस महत्वपूर्ण मुहिम में आपने जो हमारा साथ दिया है मैं आपकी बहुत बहुत आभारी हूं दिल से धन्यवाद देती हूं आप सबकी मदद के बिना यह कार्य मुश्किल होता

 आप की चांदनी
Rs.958,046 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

6 Days to go

Beneficiary: Voice Of Slum info_outline

Fundraising campaigns (1)

Supporters (469)

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GEETA SHARMA donated Rs.100
TR
Tirtho donated Rs.1,000

You guys are doing an awesome job .. may God give you all the strength and resources to touch more and more lives.

A
Anonymous donated $50

Glad to be of some help😄

AM
ABDUL MALIK donated Rs.500
A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,100
SS
SNEHIL SONI donated Rs.250