17.7 million children in India are currently out of school
25 million children are at risk of acute hunger
1 in 4 school going children have dropped out of school
73% of girls do not get past 10 years of school
33 million children in India are engaged in child labour*
A shocking 17.7 million children in India are out of school. Working in hazardous conditions, living on the street, braving hunger, poverty and violence, childhood for them has become an endless struggle to survive.
But despite their circumstances, they have not stopped dreaming. Their dreams are as colourful as any other child’s and they have just as much potential to fulfil them. What they lack is a fair chance – an opportunity to go school, to hone their talents, to even have a happy and carefree childhood that every child deserves.
The Mission Education programme of Smile Foundation which is an NGO in India identifies such out-of-school children from remote villages, tribal areas and urban slums, and provides them quality education. In addition to this, it also looks after their health, nutrition, and holistic development through participation in co-curricular activities.
Last year, 22,000 children across 20 states of India were directly provided education through 152 Mission Education projects. Leaving behind their circumstances, these children took the first step towards a bright future. But if their education is not continued, they may drop out of school.
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“Father says if I come first in all exams he will get me many many new things.”
Little Sabrin studies in standard two at the Mission Education center of Smile Foundation which is an NGO in India. Her father is a construction laborer who works hard to manage the expenses of the family with his meager wages but he has one dream, to see Sabrin get educated.
Sabrin recently stood first in her class examinations and her father is overjoyed with her results. Even though the family does not have enough to eat Sabrin’s father bought her a new dress to celebrate. She is the first girl from the family to go to school and it makes him prouder to see her excel in studies. He has promised her many more things if she continues to do well. He says his daughter’s happiness is priceless to him and nothing compares to the beautiful smile of his little one.
“For me getting an education is the only way I can be with my mother again”
12 years old Madhuri yearns to be with her mother again. Her mother can neither speak nor hear and her alcoholic father could never help Madhuri or her mother. It has been 12 years since Madhuri got separated from her mother when the village people bought her to the residential Mission Education center in Odisha which is a part of Smile Foundation, an NGO in India. The village people felt she would die in her mother’s uncaring hands.
Madhuri is getting a good education at the centre and she is grateful for the love, care, food and clothes but she misses her mother very much. She wants to study hard to be able to find her mother and take care of her. She knows education is the only way she can be successful and have a happy life with her mother. Madhuri says, “I know she must be somewhere waiting to hold me in her arms, just as much as I am dying to hold her in mine.”
“I want to finish school and just be with my mother and help her in her struggle for survival.”
One cannot miss the infectious laughter of little Bhuvan, but behind those sparkly bright eyes is sadness and yearning for his mother. Bhuvan’s father was never gentel to him or his mother and abandoned them when Bhuvan was little. His mother had no money even to feed him and soon started to work as a sweeper.
When Bhuvan and his mother were driven out of the slum they slept on the cold concrete foothpaths. To save Bhuvan from hunger and diseases, his mother brought him to an orphanage and kept him there. Bhuvan now stays and studies at a Mission Education residential centre of Smile Foundation which is an NGO in India along with 60 other children but he misses his mother terribly. He wants to study hard and get out and look for his mother soon and giver her love and warmth and food, every day.
“"She is the one who keeps us going. We know for sure that she will grow up to be an educated, respected individual. She is world's best daughter", says Shehnaz's father
11 year old Shehnaz's childhood might not have been surrounded by luxuries, but she believes the love of her parents is her most precious treasure. Her father who used to work as carpenter at a furniture shop lost his job two years back and has since been unemployed. The family has been struggling hard to eat two times a day for a while now.
Shehnaz is determined and positive about the future. She pays full attention to her classes at the all girls Mission Education center of Smile Foundation which is an NGO in India, while also actively participating in other activities like painting and dance. Her innocence and energy gives courage and hope to her parents too.
directly provided education through
152 centres in 20 states
were girl children, to ensure a fair start for all
were 1st generation learners from remote
villages & tribal families
received regular nutrition & health care support
received training in innovative teaching skills
"Being a donor with Smile Foundation has been an experience of personal fulfillment. I have had the honor of sharing some very precious moments with children at a Mission Education centre and also with the warm teachers and enthusiastic leaders at Smile. Smile is extremely transparent in their workings and I am proud to be associated with an organisation that is true to its vision."
"Children are our future and I am just trying to do my part here by assisting this organization in helping some children who in-turn would become decent citizens of the country."
"Smile Foundation is doing a marvellous job. It was a pleasure to meet the Smile team and those wonderful and creative children at the centre. The teachers have ignited the feeling of optimism, curiosity to learn in all those children, making them as well as their parents aware of the significance of education. I wish them the best for future endeavours and let us all keep the spirit alive."
"I had been a donor to Smile Foundation for a few months when they invited me to visit a Mission Education centre. It felt great to see that children there were getting good education and all their other important needs were taken care of well. I would like to be with them for many more years to come."
"The initiative taken by Smile foundation to educate children is really commendable. The most important thing for the development of children is emotional balance and Smile is addressing this beautifully by interacting with the children on an individual basis besides giving them knowledge."