We gave wings to our
first batch of aspiring nurses.


In an effort to ensure our students’ future employability, we keep studying the job market to spot qualifications in high demand.
In recent times, we have seen a sharp rise in the need for healthcare workers. This prompted us to enter the healthcare industry. For our first-ever course in the field, we launched a training programme
for nurses at Bhabha Hospital. Seven of our alumni fulfilled their
dreams of studying nursing and were given the opportunity
to intern at Bhabha Hospital, Mumbai.

 

Guiding our students
to tell stories through photographs.


Like many of us, our students were inspired by the heroic dedication of photojournalists during the pandemic. We kindled this spark by inviting five photojournalists to mentor our students: Nitin Sonawane (The Economic Times), Pravin Kajrolkar (Mathrubhumi Malayalam), Rajanish Kakade (Associated Press), Datta Khedekar (Lokmat), and Praful Gangurde (Hindustan Times). The result was 30 riveting photo essays captured by students equipped with just their mobile phones. The essays were displayed at an exhibition named “Exposed: Newstories Thru’ a Lens” which was attended by dignitaries, including Ms. Sandhya Doshi (Chairperson, Education Committee, BMC), who said, “Salaam Bombay Foundation has achieved what no other institution has. We have seen a remarkable and visible difference in BMC students, especially in the art they have created.”

Transforming our alumni into young entrepreneurs with an incubator.


This year, on World Youth Skills Day, we launched ‘The Entrepreneurship Incubator for Grassroot Adolescents’ to encourage our alumni to start their own small ventures. This capacity-building programme aims to create income-generating opportunities – not just for our students, but for the community at large – even in the midst of an economic downturn. The incubator has already given rise to young entrepreneurs, like our enterprising Beauty & Wellness alumna, Divya Periyasamy Acharya, whose journey was featured on YourStory. The incubator was launched with the support of our patrons, including Chintan Bakshi (Partner - Incubation at CIIE.CO at IIM Ahmedabad), Harshal Shah (CEO AIC-NMIMS Incubation Centre), Sobins Kuriakose (Head, State Government & Citizen Engagement – South, NSDC), Sijo Varghese (Manager-Innovation & Start-up, MSInS, Department of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of Maharashtra) and Preeti Telang (Consultant to Suryoday Foundation, CSR to Suryoday Small Finance Bank, and former CEO, Swadhaar FinAccess).

Diwali diyas to brighten our students’ lives, and your home.


Last year, our Creative Arts Academy helped raise funds for their fellow students by decorating diyas. The initiative spread light all round. It eased our students’ burdens during the pandemic by helping them earn, our donors received a selection of beautifully decorated diyas, and our academies flourished with their support. This year, they are back again with a new catalogue of diyas made with clay, artistry, and a lot of love. So select your diyas, show your support, and share the light.

Meet Shreya Ghadigaonkal.
The young advocate of Mulund Camp.


Shreya Ghadigaonkal may be all of thirteen years old, but she is becoming something of a voice of authority in her chawl. Like all our Health Monitors, she is on a mission to spread awareness on everything she has learnt in her Preventive Health Programme – knowledge
that has become absolutely vital during the pandemic. “Individual health depends on community health,” she says. ”I’ve been making posters with diagrams, so even children can understand the importance of washing hands, wearing a mask, and staying safe during a pandemic.”

 

Quick Updates


Our Robotics student struck gold at
the IndiaSkills Competition, Pune.

The young genius – Rohit Sathe – was able to pursue his interest in robotics and
coding, thanks to our courses. The award included a cash prize of Rs. 10,000.


Our Sports Academy alumni helped
our corporate sponsors hit their fitness goals.

Our alumni, who are now trainers at Gold’s Gym helped employees of our corporate sponsors build a fitness regime during a five-day fitness programme


We partnered with Sun-n-Sand and Westin Hotels
for a bakery and confectionery course.

The head chef of Westin, Pune, created a 10-week curriculum for our students.
The classes were conducted online and Sun-n-Sand generously provided our students with the necessary ingredients.


The BMC displayed posters by our
Creative Academy students across key locations in Mumbai.

The posters highlighted important information on getting vaccinated,
Covid-19 precautions, and other pandemic-related issues.


Tia Advani, a student of B. D. Somani School,
raised funds for our theatre academy.

Tia launched a fundraising campaign to help underprivileged
children stay connected to school during the pandemic.

The future depends on children. And the children are counting on us.



While classes are back online, many students are being left behind. Over 50% of students in
India lack the means to access online classes, putting their already precarious futures at risk. With your
support, we can #BridgeTheGap and help them continue their education, uninterrupted.