When we think of childhood, we instantly go back to the happy, carefree days when school was our second home and homework was the biggest trouble we had in our lives – morning assembly, lunch break, games period, making paper boats, walking back home with friends, mom making us ready in spotless uniform, we ruining the uniform by end of school every day, punishments, the list goes on.
While our fondest childhood memories comprise of the many little things we did in school, 17.7 million children in India are yet to experience this joy. Working in hazardous conditions, living on the street, braving hunger, poverty and violence, childhood means something very different for these children.
Smile Foundation's Mission Education is an effort to bring these out-of-school children under the fold of education. In addition to this, we also look after their health, nutrition, and provide them relevant exposure through co-curricular activities.
Last year, 21,346 children across 21 states of India were directly provided education under the initiative. This year, we aim to provide education to 25,000 children through Mission Education. But we need your support to achieve this.
By supporting Mission Education, you will be giving these children a chance to regain their lost childhood. Isn't this the least they deserve? Let’s come together in ensuring a happy childhood for 25,000 children. Donate Now!
"I want to become a footballer..."
Daughter of a small-time farmer in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, Soma Debnath has chosen football as her dream. A student of class 9 at Mission Education centre - Sabuj Sangha, Soma practices daily after class and also trains younger children from the community. Her hard working parents are her source of inspiration and support her constantly, undeterred by taunts that their daughter should concentrate on more "girly" things.
"One day I will open my school and Papa will paint it with yellow & red colour!"
Meet our 5 year old aspiring student of Class 1 enrolled at Rasta - the 'all-girls' Mission Education centre in Khora Colony, Ghaziabad. As her family is struggling to keep alive her grandmother afflicted with cancer, Sania never detracts from her studies. She's not only hard-working and punctual, but also asks never-ending questions from her teachers!
"Dance and art classes are my favourite!"
Student of Class 1 at Mission Education centre - Brahmi in Bangalore, Rakshita is often praised by her teachers for being creative and punctual. Her story was although different until some time ago. Her poverty stricken father working as a security guard could not sustain a family of six and consequently Rakshita had never been sent to school. But now she, along with her siblings, is a regular student at the centre.
"They say that a father often wants his son to become like him. But I don't want my son to suffer what I have been through. From washing cars to making hand-bags, I have done everything to feed my family. Since I could not get an opportunity to go to school, I wish to see my son get good education and a decent job." – Abdul, Farhan's father
Farhan is currently studying in Class 3 at Mission Education's centre - MAKZ located in one of the largest slums of India - Dharavi.
directly provided education through
120 centres in 21 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."