A lifeline for underprivileged slum kids

  • Hafsa, a seventh grader who dropped out of a madrasa at the beginning of the pandemic, has been learning to sew for the last two months. She is the second of three daughters in her family. About 100 disadvantaged youths receive training from the Vialisa Foundation every year. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Hafsa, a seventh grader who dropped out of a madrasa at the beginning of the pandemic, has been learning to sew for the last two months. She is the second of three daughters in her family. About 100 disadvantaged youths receive training from the Vialisa Foundation every year. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Samia Akhter has been learning to sew for a month at the training centre in Karail. The ninth grader had to drop out of school in June this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Her father, a rickshaw mechanic, was struggling to support their family of five and so she is pursuing technical training with hopes of become self-sufficient. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Samia Akhter has been learning to sew for a month at the training centre in Karail. The ninth grader had to drop out of school in June this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Her father, a rickshaw mechanic, was struggling to support their family of five and so she is pursuing technical training with hopes of become self-sufficient. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • In addition to technical education, the Vialisa Foundation teaches computer skills to slum kids in two batches, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, for a fee of Tk 60 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    In addition to technical education, the Vialisa Foundation teaches computer skills to slum kids in two batches, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, for a fee of Tk 60 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Various products made by trainees are displayed at the active training centre for recyclable Banglish craft run by the Vialisa Foundation at Gulshan-1. These products are then exported and each trainee is paid a portion of the dividend based on their work. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Various products made by trainees are displayed at the active training centre for recyclable Banglish craft run by the Vialisa Foundation at Gulshan-1. These products are then exported and each trainee is paid a portion of the dividend based on their work. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Various products made by trainees are displayed at the active training centre for recyclable Banglish craft run by the Vialisa Foundation at Gulshan-1. These products are then exported and each trainee is paid a portion of the dividend based on their work. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Various products made by trainees are displayed at the active training centre for recyclable Banglish craft run by the Vialisa Foundation at Gulshan-1. These products are then exported and each trainee is paid a portion of the dividend based on their work. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Anjana Akhter, an eighth grader, dropped out of school after the first lockdown was enforced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. After being trained at the vocational training centre in Karail, she got the opportunity to work at the active training centre run by Vialisa which focusses on reusable 'Banglish craft'. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Anjana Akhter, an eighth grader, dropped out of school after the first lockdown was enforced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. After being trained at the vocational training centre in Karail, she got the opportunity to work at the active training centre run by Vialisa which focusses on reusable 'Banglish craft'. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Ratna Akhter is working at the foundation's head office at Dhaka's Gulshan-1 to hone her skills further after a hands-on training course. The eighth grader from Karail slum came to pursue technical education after leaving school at the start of the pandemic. Everyone here gets a share of the dividend based on their output, including a scholarship of Tk 4,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Ratna Akhter is working at the foundation's head office at Dhaka's Gulshan-1 to hone her skills further after a hands-on training course. The eighth grader from Karail slum came to pursue technical education after leaving school at the start of the pandemic. Everyone here gets a share of the dividend based on their output, including a scholarship of Tk 4,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • During the three-month course at the technical training centre in Karail slum, hands-on education is provided to disadvantaged youths five days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Each trainee is given a scholarship of Tk 2,000 to Tk 4,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    During the three-month course at the technical training centre in Karail slum, hands-on education is provided to disadvantaged youths five days a week from 10 am to 4 pm. Each trainee is given a scholarship of Tk 2,000 to Tk 4,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The Vialisa Foundation is supporting disadvantaged youths by teaching them the skills to use sewing machines and make various types of handicraft items at a training centre in Dhaka's Karail slum. During the course of the training, each trainee gets a scholarship of Tk 2,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The Vialisa Foundation is supporting disadvantaged youths by teaching them the skills to use sewing machines and make various types of handicraft items at a training centre in Dhaka's Karail slum. During the course of the training, each trainee gets a scholarship of Tk 2,000 per month. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove