FCF partner: Family Development Services, Bangalore India
Project Managers Suresh Ambat and Adrian Cavinder
The primary focus of Family Development Services (FDS) is its Building Blocks program, its core mission to provide well-rounded kindergarten education, for slum children who would otherwise not be able to attend school due to economic reasons.
At its seven schools located near slums in Bangalore, dedicated teachers employ an array of multi-sensory early learning techniques to introduce the basics of English reading and writing, local Kannada language arts, arithmetic, social science, the arts, motor-skill development and character building. After two years in the program, most of the children are able to successfully pass the entrance exams to enter quality English-medium primary schools.
Building on the success of this program, FDS launched Project+10. This is a 10-yr collaborative effort between FDS and sponsors from all over the world ensuring students’ access to quality education from 1st to 10th grade. Upon graduating from the Building Blocks kindergarten program and attending elementary schools, many students are also enrolled in the FDS After-School Program where they receive homework tutoring at one of the Building Blocks schools in the afternoons, to help ensure their continued academic success.
The WIN Project, for “Women In Need,” benefits those from the slums, offering training opportunities in sewing and tailoring, along with mentoring in job and life skills. Operating since 2013, this program was designed to aid in empowering these hard-working, yet poorly educated and severely disadvantaged women, with the self-confidence and skills necessary to WIN in life. read more..