Foundation’s Outreach programme was launched in 2009 to directly
implement its development initiatives for underprivileged communities
residing in remote villages as well as urban slums across the country.
Outreach has a distinctive
approach. It partners with corporate bodies, PSUs and international
development organisations for direct implementation of various initiatives
in target locations. It differs from the Social Venture Philosophy
model of Smile Foundation in which community based organisations
are identified, handheld and made sustainable for implementing the
projects on the ground.
distinct approach of Outreach serves a dual purpose. On one hand,
it facilitates a better understanding of the ground realities and
challenges encountered in the implementation of a project. Secondly,
it also assists the corporate houses, PSUs and international agencies
in fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility mandate.
Through Outreach, Smile Foundation
implements a variety of intervention projects. Education is provided
to underprivileged children living in remote areas, under Mission
Education. Well-equipped mobile hospital units with medical expertise,
services and medicines traverse across deserts, forest tracts, hilly
terrain and urban bylanes to bring affordable, accessible and accountable
healthcare, under smile on Wheels programme. Besides this, Smile
Health Camps, Integrated Community Development and Infrastructure
Development projects ensure overall welfare.
Outreach directly works in
10 backward districts, 155 villages and 10 urban slums, reaching
out to a population of over 400,000. The programme has already benefitted
approximately 200,000 beneficiaries.