Sponsor skill development via journalism, communication and photography for a child at the Salaam Bombay Media Academy, INR 2200



Salaam Bombay Foundation, believes that children grow as their horizons grow. Started in 2002, the objective is to empower children to overcome the obstacles of the environment they live in, and guard the next generation against tobacco. Children can make right choices if they are given access to the right information and the life skill tools to deal with adverse situations. Salaam Bombay, seeks to increase their self-esteem, build their self-confidence, develop their vocational life-skills through our Arts, Sports and Media academies and create positive role models through their tobacco awareness and advocacy programmes. The Media Academy is an in-school three-year comprehensive training program, which initiates children into journalism, communication and photography. The Media Academy provides children with an alternate skill that will further enhance their career opportunities.  The objectives of the academy
  • To train children in journalism, communication and other forms of media. 
  • To provide children with an alternate skill that will further enhance their career opportunities. 
  • To develop life skills such as reading, writing, effective communication, team building, personality development, confidence and creative thinking, amongst others. .

  How It Works

  • The students are recruited for the first year of the academy through a writing and oral test followed by one on one interview.
  • Around 20 students per school are selected from each school for this training.
  • These selected students are given a three-year training in the academy completely free of cost.
  • They are motivated to express their inner world on paper and through other mediums of communication.
  • SBF works in 12 schools and 375 students.
  • The training is imparted as per a pre-designed module and curriculum set for the purpose, along with various exposure visits such as visits to printing press, visits to Electronic media houses, visits to Radio stations, guest lectures, participation in special courses held across Mumbai, etc.
  • The module is imparted by trained Salaam Bombay facilitators.
  • The Media Academy provides experiential learning in the form of a newsletter, Voice of Halla Bol, written and edited by the children, for the children.

Donation Option Break-up cost in INR
Trainer salaries 2000.00
Admin & Monitoring 200.00
Unit Price 2200
Total 2200
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Empowering Underprivileged Children Through Innovative Education Techniques
Shruti is a student of Andheri (W) English Medium School. She is the second year of the Salaam Bombay Media Academy. Her father is an electrician and her mother a housemaid. Shruti grew up in Hyderabad where the local language is Telegu. When she moved with her parents to Mumbai in the Grade 5, she neither spoke, wrote nor understood any Hindi. This created barriers in her ability to make friends, perform in class or take part in any group activity. So Shruti became a loner and had no one except her mother for company.
Her efforts showed in her academics and she was judged the Best Student of the Year last year. The girl blossomed and is now an avid photographer. Her pictures do the talking and convey what she could not for a long time.
The Media Academy focused on her written and spoken language skills while exposing her to photography, photo journalism, visits to a printing press, etc. Her grit and determination resulted in her picking up the nuances of the language early on.

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