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    In Hyderabad, a program called ‘Slums to Oxford’ is making a difference in the lives of people living in slums. This initiative by the Sakina Foundation has been running for over 600 days and has helped over 500 learners of all ages. The program offers education and empowerment to those in need, including household helpers, labourers, street vendors, and child labourers.

    The initiative, which started on October 2, 2022, is led by Mohammed Asif Hussain Sohail, Chairman Trustee of Sakina Foundation, and supported by ‘Hearts and Hands of Amazon’. The program operates six days a week, with four-hour classes focusing on basic and advanced literacy. Each batch concludes with a ceremony where participants receive certificates and gifts to celebrate their achievements.

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    One of the key goals of ‘Slums to Oxford’ is to bridge the gap between different generations. Many young students have successfully transitioned into regular schools, while adult learners have secured stable jobs thanks to the skills acquired through the program. Elderly participants have also become sources of inspiration within the community.

    In addition to education, the initiative also addresses important issues such as drug abuse prevention, human trafficking, domestic violence awareness, and the importance of voting. These integrated programs help equip the community with knowledge and tools for a safer and more engaged life.

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    Partnerships play a crucial role in the success of the initiative. The support from ‘Hearts and Hands of Amazon’ has been instrumental in expanding the reach and impact of the program. To further empower adult learners, a new course called ‘Creative Stitches – Haath Hunar’ has been introduced, focusing on tailoring and apparel design.

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    Asif Hussain’s family members and other professionals visit the centers in different areas to teach and guide the participants. The goal is to help them improve their lifestyle and move from the slums to society and even Oxford.

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