Touch Bridge School
Since 2014, TOUCH started the Bridge school project. This is a School Readiness Programme through an informal education system for street children. A well-equipped bus goes to various locations where street children are not able to attend formal schools. Currently this project runs for around 125+ street children who belong to families with no proper shelter and livelihood; living on footpaths, under flyovers or foot over-bridges.
Touch staff & volunteers engage these children through games, songs, plays, stories along with modern audio-visual instruments to impart education in an attractive and easy to understand way. Children are provided daily nutritional supplement during these sessions. Regular health checkup of these children helps in providing them preventive health care interventions.
TOUCH Balgram – Incomplete education is akin to half-baked freedom, dreaming of completing a formal education is a distant dream for the lesser privileged children living on the streets.
TOUCH Balgram (Village: Vihigaon, Tal: Shahapur, Dist.: Thane,Maharashtra) is the next step of the Bridge School project in order to enable these children to receive a formal education. TOUCH Balgram enables the children who are motivated to receive a formal education to stay in a safe and homely atmosphere in Balgram. They are provided with all basic facilities like food, lodging, health-checkups, extra-curricular activities etc. with housemothers as well as qualified teachers and trainers to take care of them. These children also attend a formal school with the other local children.
TOUCH has a network of textbook-banks that store and circulate textbooks of higher studies and university education in India. Rural students pursuing higher studies but without sufficient resources are benefited through this network of textbook banks. TOUCH is running textbook banks at four locations : Vihigaon, Mumbai, Gondhia and Chiplun at present.
Child Sponsorship Program
The Midas Touch educational child sponsorship programme works on a three guardian per child principle. A child from BPL family/ Dysfunctional family/ Single-Parent family is selected. Touch coordinates between the child’s guardian and the funding partners in the process of child educational process to make it seamless and hurdle free. These three guardians ensure the child’s uninterrupted education.
Children from underprivileged families pursuing their education find it difficult to get all the educational resources and support from their families due to poor financial conditions. When sponsorship is granted to these children then their families become more supportive and the children find the means to complete their education.