At AXF, Mumbai's educated affluent interact with slum children who attend government schools that fail to deliver, to bring about transformation. 1600 children aged 6-18 years receive numeracy & literacy skills, life skills, aptitude testing & vocational guidance at 16 community-led learning centres across Mumbai. The resulting resource redistribution creates a more equal society and opens up opportunities for the underprivileged, enabling them to be gainfully employed and attain prosperity.
42% of Mumbai's 12.44 million population live in slums, lacking basic amenities of education, nutrition & healthcare and face alcohol & drug abuse and physical violence. The underprivileged understand the importance of a good education system in alleviating poverty but are helpless to break the cycle, as the government schools children attend, fail to deliver. We transform behaviour of these children through education & life skills to ultimately improve livelihood & create responsible citizens.
Educated volunteers impart English and Math lessons for 6-8 hours/week. A daily nutritious snack, annual redistribution drives for clothes, shoes & toys, extra-curricular activities, counselling sessions, medical & dental camps, and weekend workshops on social issues, fun and educational outings are organised in collaboration with local organisations, specialists, citizen bodies & partner NGOs. Our Youth Engagement Program guides and prepares students till they join vocational / degree courses.
The project currently educates and mentors 1600 students, equipping them to pursue higher education and ultimately create sustainable livelihoods to rise out of poverty. This will provide for their families' well-being and lead to the creation of a more equal society and responsible citizens. Our aim is to expand our reach to 10,000 children across India in the next 3 years and we are working on upgrading human intensive processes with technology initiatives.