News from the 1st quarter of 2018

From empowering children
to winning over stakeholders.

Progress takes many forms.

An appliance repair
alumnus used her powers
for good.

When our mobile graphic design classroom lost its power supply, a student from another course came to the rescue. Prachi, an alumnus of our appliance repair course, came over with her tool kit as soon as she heard about the problem. In less than an hour, the classroom was up and running, and a new generation of students was being empowered.
We introduced our theatre and media alumni to the next stage - filmmaking.
Salaam Bombay Foundation collaborated with Prayasam, a Kolkata-based NGO, to host a 5-day workshop on filmmaking. The workshop gave the alumni of the media and theatre academies a chance to learn how their knowledge could transition to the big screen. 10 of the students who attended the workshop were selected to attend a 20-day advanced filmmaking course in Kolkata. As an NGO that strives to uplift underprivileged children, it always fills us with pride to see our students take the initiative to expand their horizons.
Maharashtra's textbook bureau put us in their good books.
The Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production, also known as Balbharati, has admired Salaam Bombay's rural tobacco control initiative for years. In 2018, it took its appreciation a step fur ther. Now, the textbooks of students between grades 5 and 10 credit Salaam Bombay Foundation and a few international NGOs with fighting the country's tobacco problem.
The state government
offered us the perfect platform - their headquarters.
This year, Salaam Bombay found the perfect place to host a tobacco control event and engage with policymakers - Mantralaya, the administrative headquarters of Maharashtra. We were at the state government's headquarters for a comprehensive three-day event that ended on May 31, World No Tobacco Day. The Mantralaya sees about 5,500 visitors on most days (8,500 whenever a cabinet minister visits). A number of dignitaries were present at the event on the last day. Including, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Dr. Ranjit Patil, State Home Minister; Dr. Pallavi Darade, FDA Commissioner, Maharashtra; and Shri. Mahesh Zagade, Principal Secretary, CMO, Maharashtra State.

Quick updates

Our theatre academy took to the streets to
support the Swachh Bharat mission.
They performed a play written and directed by alumni
Priyanka Kotwal and Abhishek Waghmare. The initiative was an engaging
way to promote civic responsibility and keeping India clean.


Our dance academy alumni dazzled
choreographer Prince Gupta.
Somesh Mishra, Lokesh Mishra and Sagar Kanojiya attended an
advanced training programme sponsored by the Bollywood choreographer
after he spotted them at a public performance.


Over 170 children from 12 schools attended
our sports summer camp.
They were given a chance to hone their cricket and football skills
over 2 months. 50 players from our football academy got selected by
FootieFirst for advanced training meant for Maharashtra's U12 team.

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

According to government data, about 37% of students in India drop out by the 8th grade.
However, 97% of Salaam Bombay students go on to pursue higher education. That's the power of helping
children discover their potential. This year, we need your help to reach out to over 40,000 children.
To donate or learn more, visit: salaambombay.org