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SIFFCY, the biggest festival of good cinema enters 10th edition

SIFFCY, the biggest festival of good cinema enters 10th edition

Announces official selections

150 Films from 40 countries to be screened; 50 locations covered

 

New Delhi:  Smile Foundation is hosting the 10th edition of the annual Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) in partnership with the European Union (The delegation of the European Union in India). SIFFCY in its 10th year has put together a diverse list of films from India and abroad to be organized in a hybrid model. The main celebrations, including the opening and award ceremonies, are happening at the PHD House, New Delhi during 9-11th April. SIFFCY will also be hosted at 50 different locations across India simultaneously, making it the largest and biggest film festival in the country.

 

The European Union and its member countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland will be taking the center-stage as the countries of focus this year. SIFFCY 2024 will have various categories such as International Competition (Feature and Shorts), 70MM Smile which features World Panorama Feature and non-feature films, while the Yellow Carpet segment celebrates the diverse Indian Regional Cinema in Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Rajasthani, Karbi, Garhwali, Nepali etc. Films made by Children can be viewed at Take One and Extra Smiles brings together the best of SIFFCY from the earlier editions as well as classics.

 

Multiple special showcase this year includes 10 films made by the students of BATA University, the Czech Republic, to be presented by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India. Eight Classic Animations (1990s / 35mm) curated by TV Studio Animated Films, Poland will be presented by acclaimed film personality from Poland Mr. Jerzy Moszkowicz along with the Polish Institute New Delhi. Eight Award winning films from Germany are to be presented by SCHLiNGEL Int’l Film Festival. Multiple films made by children from more than 30 different countries (including the USA, Spain, Columbia, Portugal, Belgium, Ukraine, Croatia, Greece, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Australia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Malaysia) and films on environment, family values, inclusion, disability, friendship, art and culture, war and peace and many other important topics will be made available for the young film lovers.

 

“I believe that good cinema is one of the most powerful media to depict reality and to emulate values. Good cinema has the power to stimulate discussion and contemplation in young minds about personal, emotional, societal and moral duties, thereby enabling them to become better and stronger individuals. With a platform like SIFFCY, we want to contribute towards bringing positive societal change that begins with the young minds,” says Mr. Santanu Mishra, Chairman of SIFFCY and Co-founder & Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation.

 

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary edition of the festival, this year we are trying to reach out to a larger young audience in multiple locations across the country and spread extra smiles. We are going to screen 150 films from 40 countries, besides hosting ten different types of film-related interactive sessions and capacity building workshops for children and youth free of cost,” SIFFCY Festival Director Mr. Jitendra Mishra said on this occasion.

 

SIFFCY will see sizeable participation by schools and communities across India. Screenings and programmes are scheduled to tap young, imaginative minds. Selected films and programmes will also be streaming on a dedicated, secured, geo-blocked virtual platform of the festival for a larger audience throughout the week. SIFFCY intends to continue with his mission of reaching out to as many children and youth as possible and bring together an entertaining and enlightening format.

 

SIFFCY’s journey over the last decade has brought together a milieu where professional filmmakers and young amateurs have brought forward the best of audio-visual medium. Keeping the tradition alive, this year SIFFCY will host 50 young Jurors from across the world, besides 30 International Professional Jurors from 15 countries.

 

SIFFCY is the only non-European Festival to host ‘European Children’s Film Association Award (ECFA) and the only Indian Festival to host CIFEJ Award supported by UNESCO.

 

SIFFCY this year will organize 10 different workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions on wide-ranging topics like environment, family values, war and peace, road safety amongst others.

 

ABOUT SIFFCY

SIFFCY (Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth) is an initiative by Smile Foundation to entertain, engage, educate and empower young minds. It is based on a strong belief that good cinema represents much more than entertainment; rather this is the most powerful medium to depict the reality and emulate values. Film becomes an interesting and engaging alternative to stimulate discussion among young people about vital personal, societal, moral and world issues. https://siffcy.org/

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German film Weekend Rebels bags maximum awards at SIFFCY

German film Weekend Rebels bags maximum awards at SIFFCY

Films from Taiwan, France, South Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands and India win awards at Smile International Film Festival

150 Films from 40 countries participated in various categories

New Delhi:  The 10th edition of the annual Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY), organized by Smile Foundation in partnership with the European Union (The delegation of the European Union in India), announced film awards in numerous categories in New Delhi. German film Weekend Rebels won a maximum of five awards in various categories. Weekend Rebels enthralled the audience and the jury with its fine craft of storytelling, besides displaying good theatrical and directorial acumen. Marc Rothemund won the best director award and Cecilio Andresen won the best actor for Weekend Rebels. The film also won the FCCI Award along with International Competition Feature Film (CHILDREN) and (Story).

SIFFCY is the only non-European Festival to host ‘European Children’s Film Association Award (ECFA) and the only Indian festival to host CIFEJ Award supported by the UNESCO. Kung Fu Lion from the Netherlands won the ECFA award, while the CIFEJ Award went to ICARUS and The Minotaur from Luxembourg, France and Belgium.

In another notable category, the Next Gen award was bagged by animation film Kasang Alun from India. The Young Jury award was conferred to Hannah meets Hannah from South Korea while 30 Days from Taiwan won the International competition short film.

The 10th edition of Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) witness sizeable participation from various schools and young audience. Panel discussions on Road Safety, regional cinema, children cinema and green screen brought forward insights and diverse views on the topics.

Mr. Santanu Mishra, Chairman of SIFFCY and Co-founder of Smile Foundation said, “It is a momentous occasion for all of us at Smile Foundation as we showcase a decade of good cinema through SIFFCY. We believe that cinema plays a pivotal role in shaping the young minds. We will carry forward our mission to engage young audience creatively and meaningfully to strengthen the value system in our society. Good content and work of art bring lots of opportunities and, in this digital age, platform like SIFFCY has a significant role to play.”

Mr. Santanu Mishra is also the producer of the much acclaimed film; I am Kalam.

 

LIST OF WINNERS AT SMILE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FEATURE FILM (YOUTH)

ICARUS AND MINOTAUR | LUXEMBOURG, FRANCE, BELGIUM

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FEATURE FILM (CHILDREN)

WEEKEND REBELS | GERMANY

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FEATURE FILM (STORY)

WEEKEND REBELS | GERMANY

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FEATURE FILM (ACTOR)

CECILIO ANDRESEN FOR WEEKEND REBELS

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FEATURE FILM (DIRECTOR)

MARC ROTHEMUND FOR WEEKEND REBELS

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION SHORT FILM

30 DAYS | TAIWAN

 

NEXT GEN

KASANG ALUN | INDIA

 

YOUNG JURY

HANNAH MEETS HANNAH | SOUTH KOREA

 

European Children’s Film Association Award – ECFA AWARD

KUNG FU LION | NETHERLANDS

 

CIFEJ AWARD

ICARUS AND THE MINOTAUR | LUXEMBOURG, FRANCE, BELGIUM

 

FCCI AWARD

WEEKEND REBELS | GERMANY

 

About SIFFCY

SIFFCY (Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth) is an initiative by Smile Foundation to entertain, engage, educate and empower young minds. It is based on a strong belief that good cinema represents much more than entertainment; rather this is the most powerful medium to depict the reality and emulate values. Film becomes an interesting and engaging alternative to stimulate discussion among young people about vital personal, societal, moral and world issues. https://siffcy.org/

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Smile Foundation may create a SIFFCY Fund to promote good cinema for children: Santanu Mishra of Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation may create a SIFFCY Fund to promote good cinema for children: Santanu Mishra of Smile Foundation

Children should dream big and art & culture is essential for inspiration: EU Ambassador, Hervé Delphin

Cultural exchange will bring world peace and harmony: Mishra

New Delhi, April 10: Given the impact of good cinema on young minds, Smile Foundation is considering creation of a SIFFCY Fund to encourage making films specifically for children and youth, says Santanu Mishra, co-founder of Smile Foundation. Mr Mishra is the brain behind SIFFCY and is also its chairman. He informs that various stakeholders have been approaching the organisation in order to create such a fund that could further support and promote good cinema meant for children and youth in the country. 

The biggest feature of creativity is that it is not threatened by artificial intelligence and no creative person will be under-appreciated because of AI, Santanu said while inaugurating the 10th edition of the ‘Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth’ (SIFFCY) in New Delhi. Being held in collaboration with the European Union, the festival is being organised across 50 locations in India in a hybrid mode. This makes SIFFCY the largest film festival in India. 

The Ambassador of the European Union, H. E. Mr. Hervé Delphin was present at the inauguration of the festival as the chief guest. The European Union and its member countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland are taking the centre-stage as the countries of focus this year. Many other diplomats from the EU member states also graced the inaugural event. 

The EU ambassador, Mr. Hervé Delphin, during his address conveyed his satisfaction of being a part of SIFFCY once again and appreciated Smile Foundation for this unique initiative. He further said that children globally should dream big and exchange of inspirations in the form of art and culture remained essential. 

The active participation of the European Union in SIFFCY 2024 is aimed at facilitating cultural exchange between the citizens of India and the European Union countries, due to which a sense of understanding, respect and global brotherhood will be strengthened. The sense of belonging that arises between people through the exchange of culture, art and ideas is beneficial for children and youth, who will shape the future course of humanity.

SIFFCY is an initiative of Smile Foundation to entertain, engage, educate and empower young minds. Smile Foundation believes that meaningful work of art, especially good cinema, not only entertains but also leaves an indelible impression on the young minds. As a result, children and youth catalyse a positive change thanks to their way of thinking and their sense of duty towards the society. Good cinema is a powerful medium to depict reality and inculcate values. Meaningful film becomes an interesting and engaging tool to encourage discussion among the youth about important personal, social, moral and global issues too.

Creation and availability of meaningful yet entertaining content tailor-made for young audience becomes more pertinent, considering the unbridled access to a plethora of inappropriate materials.

This year, around 150 curated films from 40 countries are being showcased for the young Indian audience through SIFFCY. 

Mr. Santanu Mishra, SIFFCY chairman and producer of the much-acclaimed film ‘I am Kalam’, states that childhood is the decisive age of human life – the lessons we learn, the habits we make as children, it stays with us forever. Therefore, it is important that we sensitise our youngsters with a positive value system from the very beginning which will help them become kind and responsible citizens. 

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Smile Foundation and Berger Paints bring iTrain project to Vadodara

Smile Foundation and Berger Paints bring iTrain project to Vadodara

Painters will be trained free of cost, helping them increase their income

Vadodara; May 9: Leading paint company Berger Paints India Ltd. has partnered with Smile Foundation to train painters across India through the ‘iTrain on Wheels’ programme free of cost. The two partners have brought iTrain mobile vans to Vadodara district to upgrade the skills of household painters and enhance their employability and earning opportunities. Under the programme, painters will be trained in contemporary painting techniques, thereby creating a pool of skilled workforce.

This is the third iTrain project in the state of Gujarat. Similar projects have already been operational in Surat and Rajkot districts. The Vadodara project will train promising and existing household painters in the district and the surrounding area free of cost.

The training, conducted by Smile Foundation, will ensure that painters get an opportunity irrespective of gender to improve their existing skills through upskilling modules. In addition to facilitation of training, Smile Foundation shall also monitor and evaluate the programme and its impact assessment.

The mobile training vans are equipped with audio-visual aids, advance painting tools, and advance paints, while the training is imparted by industry experts. The training module comprises of well-designed, crisp and advanced training modules that are required for advanced painting work, appealing household clients and increasing painters’ income.

Smile Foundation is associated with the iTrain on Wheels Programme of Berger Paints since 2021 and so far has trained 3 lakhs painters across the country, successfully and free of cost. As of now there are 23 mobile iTrain projects operational in 25 Indian states and three union territories, covering over 50,000 locations across 300 districts, including 51 aspirational districts.

Mr. N. I. Joseph, National Head – Sales Excellence & Training at Berger Paints says that when the expertise of an Indian social institution like Smile Foundation meets our robust infrastructure across India, we change lives. He further adds that Smile Foundation has been executing the iTrain on Wheels programme across India, helping Berger Paints achieve its social responsibility well.

 

The launch event in Vadodara was attended by several key figures, including the Mr. N. I. Joseph, National Head – Sales Excellence & Training at Berger Paints; Mr. Harshal Ahya, Divisional Manager Retail, Berger Paints; Mr. Indrajit Banerjee, Manager (Operations), iTrain at Berger Paints; Ms. Bipasha Patnaik, General Manager, Smile Foundation; Mr. Kaushik Bandopadhyay, Deputy General Manager, Smile Foundation; and Ms. Joieta Rajput, Assistant General Manager, Smile Foundation.

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Smile Foundation and Berger Paints bring iTrain project to Indore

Smile Foundation and Berger Paints bring iTrain project to Indore

This first project in MP aims to upskill painters and help increase their income

Indore; May 7: Leading paint company Berger Paints India Ltd. has partnered with Smile Foundation to train painters across India through the iTrain on Wheel’ programme. The two partners have brought iTrain mobile vans to the cleanest Indian city of Indore to upgrade the skills of household painters and enhance their employability and earning opportunities. Under the programme, painters will be trained in contemporary painting techniques, thereby creating a pool of skilled workforce.

This is the first iTrain project in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It will train promising and existing household painters in Indore district and the surrounding area.

The training, conducted by Smile Foundation, will ensure that painters get an opportunity irrespective of gender to improve their existing skills through upskilling modules. In addition to facilitation of training, Smile Foundation shall also monitor and evaluate the programme and its impact assessment.

The mobile training vans are equipped with audio-visual aids, advance painting tools, and advance paints, while the training is imparted by industry experts. The training module comprises of well-designed, crisp and advanced training modules that are required for advanced painting work, appealing household clients and increasing painters’ income.

Smile Foundation is associated with the iTrain on Wheels Programme of Berger Paints since 2021 and so far has trained 3 lakhs painters across the country. As of now there are 23 mobile iTrain projects operational in 25 Indian states and three union territories, covering over 50000 locations across 300 districts including, 51 aspirational districts.

Mr. N. I. Joseph National Head – Sales Excellence & Training, Berger Paints India Ltd., Mr. Indrajit Banerjee, Manager (Operations), iTrain, Berger Paints India Ltd., Ms. Rashmi Jain, Head Business Partnership and Strategic Collaboration, Smile Foundation and Mr. Kaushik Bandopadhyay, Deputy General Manager, Smile Foundation were present during the formal project launch.

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Rural children display scientific creativity at the NXplorers Carnival

Rural children display scientific creativity at the NXplorers Carnival

Kochi: Smile Foundation with the support from Shell India and in association with Govt. of Kerala organised NXplorers Carnival in Thrissur. The day-long carnival was organised with the aim of providing rural school children a platform to display their scientific prowess. District Education Officer Dr. A. Ansar was the chief guest, while Mr. Saseedaran E., Project Coordinator, Sarva Shiksha Kerala, and Dr. Daison Panengaden, Asst. Professor, Department of Physics, St. Thomas College, were the guests of honour.  

 

As many as 40 selected change projects and innovative ideas from 19 schools in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) were exhibited by 116 students at the carnival. The school children had come up with working models and innovative ideas related to every-day problems, sustainable agricultural practice, controlling emission, nature conservation and many areas linked with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

 

Dr. A. Ansar KAS, DEO, Thrissur said, “I extend my sincere appreciation to Smile Foundation for the exemplary work undertaken in Thrissur district. Through the NXplorers programme, students’ abilities and perspectives are undergoing positive transformation. I congratulate the students for their exceptional scientific creativity in generating solutions to real-world problems We will remain committed to join hands with the organisation for larger endeavours in future too.”

Smile Foundation has been implementing the NXplorers Junior programme, a global flagship social investment STEM educational initiative from Shell, in 77 schools, including 53 government schools and 24 affordable private schools, in Thrissur district of Kerala. The programme aims to benefit school children by enabling them to understand, navigate and address local and global challenges, as underlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme is also aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and it envisions complementing the latter’s objectives.

 

Mr. Saseedaran E, Project Coordinator, Sarva Shiksha Kerala said, “I express my gratitude to Smile Foundation for providing invaluable opportunities to our students. I would like to commend the dedication and initiative demonstrated by both students and the schools in embracing these opportunities wholeheartedly.”

Dr. Jaison Panengaden, Asst Prof Dept. of Physics, St. Thomas College Thrissur said “I am glad to see these young minds identifying solutions for real world problems.”

 

Apart from 77 schools in Thrissur district in Kerala, Smile Foundation has also been implementing the programme in 89 government schools of Tirupati and Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh, and 116 schools in Warangal, Khammam, Hanumakonda, Jayashankar Bhupalpalli, Jangaon, Mulugu, Mahabubabad, and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts of Telangana.

 

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Making rural Andhra children future-ready through STEM and SDGs

Making rural Andhra children future-ready through STEM and SDGs

Nellore; March 7, 2024: Smile Foundation with the support from Shell India and in association with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh organised NXplorers Carnival in Nellore. The day-long carnival was organised with the aim of providing rural school children a platform to display their prowess in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and understanding of the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals).

The NXplorers Junior is an innovative educational programme that aims to empower young minds to address the complex challenges faced by the world today and to become agents of change. It also provides the tools, methodologies and skills needed to tackle the real-world problems using collaborative, innovative and inter-disciplinary approaches, developing STEM habits of mind through critical thinking and complex problem solving skills are a few other goals. These are underlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the programme is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and it envisions complementing the latter’s objectives.

Smile Foundation has been implementing the NXplorers Junior programme, a global flagship social investment STEM educational initiative from Shell, in 89 government schools in Nellore and Tirupati districts of Andhra Pradesh.

In addition, 77 government and affordable private schools of Thrissur district of Kerala, and 116 government schools in eight districts of Telangana, that include Warangal, Khammam, Hanumakonda, Jayashankar Bhupalpalli, Jangaon, Mulugu, Mahabubabad, and Bhadradri Kothagudem are covered under this internationally successful programme for school children.

During the carnival, as many as 50 selected change projects and innovative models in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) were exhibited by 140 students from 43 schools from across the district during the carnival. The school children had come up with working models and innovative ideas related to every-day problems, sustainable agricultural practice, controlling emission, nature conservation and many areas linked with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Mr. G. Sudheer, Academic Monitoring Officer, Govt. of AP, said, “Smile Foundation has been conducting this innovative and scientifically creative programme in the government high schools. We are glad to see its impact in developing scientific and technological tempers in students.”

Mr. G. Srinivasulu, District Science Officer, Govt. of AP said, “I am very happy that 51 government schools in Nellore district have been selected for implementing the NXplorers programme by Smile Foundation. This has been igniting critical thinking among the students.”

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Rural children shine during annual Pratibha Puraskar in eastern UP districts

Rural children shine during annual Pratibha Puraskar in eastern UP districts

Nearly 10,000 children benefit from these projects, more than half of those are girls

Feb 22, 2024: Department of Basic Education (Govt. of U.P.), Smile Foundation and Aditya Birla Capital Foundation (ABCF) organized annual Pratibha Puraskar cum Science Exhibitions in eastern Uttar Pradesh districts of Siddharth Nagar and Shravasti. Meritorious children from 37 government schools from the districts participated in the event. Smile Foundation, however, works with 51 government schools in the two aspirational districts.

Pratibha Purashkar is a platform for students to showcase their talent in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). These students are finalised on the basis of performance in pratibha ki khoj activities which are conducted on school level.

Mr. Jayendra Kumar (I.A.S.), Chief Development Officer, Siddharth Nagar said, “Thanks to the contribution of Smile Foundation which has been working in all 14 blocks, many rural school children of Siddharth Nagar district have now reached the state’s merit list. I would like to appreciate such social organisations for supporting the administration in igniting aspiration of our children.”

In Siddharth Nagar Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ms. Anamika, District Coordinator (Girls Education) Mr. Surendra, Block Education Officer Mr. Dharampal, and Jila Aapda Vesheshagya Ms. Pushpanjali also graced the occasion and encouraged the children who had come from across the district. Meritorious children were awarded under two categories, namely scientific innovation and art.

Smt. Kritika Sharma (I.A.S.), District Magistrate, Shravasti said, “I appreciate Smile Foundation for its work and the contribution towards our mission of building a brighter future for our children, especially in rural government schools.” She was the chief guest on the occasion and inspected the models on display and encouraged each school child. The exhibition was divided into two categories namely, innovation and art. A majority of the models and ideas were focused on sustainability, preservation of nature, safety and innovative use of science and technology in daily life.

Ms. Sunita Verma, Block Education Officer, Mr. Girish Kumar Mishra, educationist and DIET Lecturer, and Mr. Sant Kumar, State Resource Group representative graced the occasion in Shravasti district.

Smile Foundation has been working in 36 rural schools in Siddharth Nagar for last five years and 15 rural schools of Shravasti district for two years now, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh administration and with support from Aditya Birla Capital Foundation (ABCF). The project is benefiting around 10,000 children directly, comprising of more than 50 percent are girls.

The collaborative project involves establishing and running smart classes, installation of smart TV and solar panels, setting up of foundational literacy and numeracy classrooms, creating nutritional awareness, facilitating education governance among others. Smile Foundation has been facilitating regular training of teachers, stakeholders’ management committee, PTM, Mothers-Teachers meetings, raising community volunteers, promotion of tree plantation and kitchen gardens so that children and families can find low-cost local solutions to improve nutrition.

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organisation working across 27 states of India in the areas of education, healthcare, and skilling benefitting 15 lakh children and their families every year.

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IIT Bombay and Smile Foundation ignite Tech Dreams in Children

IIT Bombay and Smile Foundation ignite Tech Dreams in Children

So far a thousand children mentored in Tinkerers’ Laboratory, 3-D printing, Aero-modelling, Robotics, and Astronomy etc.

Mumbai, 23 January, 2024: The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) has been hosting close to a thousand children from Smile Foundation for the past two years. The mission is to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning fun and to inculcate scientific temper and aspirations among children early in the school days. 

Various workshops under this collaboration are being held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay since January 2023. Each workshop, spanning between one and three days, accommodates an average of 240 students from grades VII, VIII, IX, and X from various Smile Foundation Mission Education centers spread across Mumbai, Palghar and Thane regions. So far, 960 children have benefitted from this programme in diverse areas such as Tinkerers’ Laboratory and 3-D printing, Aero-modelling, Energy (solar lamp making), Robotics, and Astronomy etc. 

Prof. Rajesh Zele, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay says, “I have been working closely with IITB ITC student volunteers for the last couple of years. It is amazing to see the positive energy in these programmes. This will certainly impact the impressionable minds of our youth. The IITB students along with Smile Foundation are making a strong social impact, influencing the nextGen. The robot is just a head fake! The key message to the nextGen is to build things with your own hands, be curious.”  

The workshop modules have been designed by the Institute Technical Council of IIT Bombay, and is jointly being facilitated by Gnaan U Education, under the supervision and guidance of the senior faculty at the IIT-B.

Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation opines, “One of the goals of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is to equip children and youth with vital futuristic skills and competitive knowledge so that they thrive in a technology-driven world. The aspiration of the nation is also entwined with the future potential of today’s children.” 

“At Tinkering Laboratory, IIT-B, we are grateful to have access to advanced resources, including 3D printers and laser cutters. This event marked a significant step towards realizing our vision of extending knowledge beyond the confines of our college and reaching out to schools and colleges across India. This accomplishment was made possible through the continuous support of Smile Foundation and Gnaan U Education, for which we are sincerely grateful,” said Dewaansh Vijayvargiya, Manager, Tinkerer’s Team, IIT Bombay.

Kushal Agarwal and Anuj Bangad, Managers, Electronics and Robotics Club4 observes that Electronics and Robotics were indispensable in today’s technologically advancing society. “It is essential that our nation plays a leading role in the development of such technology. Workshops like this provide a common front for upcoming minds. Our team is glad to be a part of this effort.”

“Such programmes have a very high learning and retention value for the students, and are possible only because of the support of Smile Foundation, Corporate Sponsors and the support of IIT Bombay and its students. Such workshops instill confidence in students to pursue and excel in science and create an aspiration to gain quality higher education,” says Gnanesh Mehta of Gnaan U Education. 

Mission Education is Smile Foundation’s flagship programme focused on child education. The programme has 496 operational projects spread across 457 locations in 27 Indian states. Mission Education programme is benefitting underserved children in the age group of 3 to 18 years. The focus areas of Mission Education include Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN), STEM, experiential learning, training and innovation, upgradation of infrastructure etc. and it is in alignment with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million underprivileged children and their families every year through more than 400 welfare projects in education, healthcare, skilling and women empowerment spread across 2,000 remote villages and urban slums in 27 states of India.

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Annual ‘Hospital on Field’ Completes 23 years and 62,000 Patients

Annual ‘Hospital on Field’ Completes 23 years and 62,000 Patients

New Delhi, 09 Jan 2024: Braving the chilling winter of Shahpura in Rajasthan, a few thousand patients queued up to the free mega health camp organised by Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust Bhilwara, along with the Department of Health of Rajasthan Government. This annual specialized camp is offering 19 mobile surgical units for specialisations including dental, ENT, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and gynaecology etc., besides a series of tents equipped to shelter patients and their family members. A special operation theatre has also been set up on the site. The mega health camp of Shahpura began in the year 2000. There was a brief break during the Covid-19 pandemic, however.  

 

Incidentally the Mobile Surgical Unit (Jaipur) of the Rajasthan government had also supported Indian Army during 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. The mobile units were deployed in the then Eastern Pakistan (now Bangladesh) for 12 days. 

 

Shri Tikam Chand Bohra (IAS), Collector and District Magistrate, Shahpura said, “It is heartening to see that Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust are closely working with the health department of Rajasthan Government in organising this health camp where people are getting medical services and surgeries free of cost. I appreciate this exemplary collaborative work and the district administration will continue to extend all possible help in future too.” 

 

During the week-long mega health camp, close to 1,810 patients from Shahpura and surrounding districts turned up for the OPD for various ailments related to eye, throat, gynaecology, chronic medical cases, and dental issues among others. Close to a thousand patients have been admitted and are under the process of surgeries. The specialized mega surgical camp ensures full treatment to the patients and extends their treatment free of cost. 

 

Dr. Anita Verma, Director, Mobile Surgical Unit (Jaipur), Govt. of Rajasthan said, “Our collaboration with Smile Foundation and Sadbhavana Trust has been very fruitful in the form of this free annual mega camp. We are hopeful that in future too our association will reach new heights in serving people.”

 

“This unique annual free mega camp has been serving rural population of our area since year 2000, all thanks to the support of Smile Foundation and the Mobile Surgical Unit, Jaipur. Rogi yahan ro kar aate hai aur has kar jate hain – this has been our biggest accomplishment,” said Mrs. Kamala Chaudhary, President, Sadbhavana Seva Trust, Bhilwara.

 

Smile Foundation is currently operating 90 healthcare projects that include mobile medical units, mobile telemedicine units, mobile dental units, static clinics and mobile physio units under Smile on Wheels, its national healthcare initiative. It covers 920 villages and urban slums across 63 districts, including 17 aspirational ones, in 15 Indian states. During the year, over one million beneficiaries received primary and preventive healthcare services at their doorsteps. Smile Foundation has been working in 27 states of India in the areas of education, skilling, healthcare and women empowerment.

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  • To update users about its happenings and developments through bulletins and newsletters, with an option of not to subscribe for the same
  • To make sure the user is receiving the most appropriate and relevant information
  • To find out more about the people who are visiting the Smile Foundationwebsite, donating, or joining its campaigns

5. Usually, Smile Foundation does not store user data. In case of specific sign-ups, the data is stored as per user request. The user can opt to delete all the information he/she has provided by simply requesting such by mail. All information, without exception, will be deleted in two working days.

Privacy of e-mail lists

Individuals who join Smile Foundation’s mailing lists via its website or through its campaigning engagements are added to its email database. Smile Foundation does not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the addresses on our lists to anyone.

Cookie Policy

1. Cookies are pieces of electronic information which will be sent by Smile Foundation when a user visitsthe website. These will be placed in the hard disk of the user’s computer and enable Smile Foundation to recognise the user when he/she visits the website again.

2. The user can configure his/her browser so that it responds to cookies the way he/she deems fit. For example, you make want to accept all cookies, reject them all or get notified when a cookie is sent. The users may check their browser’s settings to modify cookie behaviour as per individual behaviour.

3. If a user disables the use of cookies on the web browser, or removes or rejects specific cookies from Smile Foundation’swebsite or linked sites then he/she may not be able to use the website as it is intended.

Payment Gateway

1. SmileFoundation uses well-recognised and proven technology for payments. Payment information is transferred by the use of an SSL connection which offers the highest degree of security that the donor’s browser is able to support.

2. Several layers of built-in security, including an advanced firewall system, encryption of credit card numbers, and use of passwords, protect the collected information.

External Web Services

1. Smile Foundation uses a number of external web services on its site to display content within its web pages. For example, to display video it uses YouTube. As with the social media buttons, Smile Foundation cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on the user’s consumption of the content embedded on its site.

2. The Smile Foundation website contains links to other websites for the benefit of its visitors. This Privacy Policy does not apply to such other websites.

3. Smile Foundation is not expressly or impliedly responsible for, or liable to any loss or damage caused to a user by the collection, use and retention of Personal Information by such website in any manner whatsoever. It is important that the users review the privacy policies of all websites they visit before disclosing any information to such websites.

Changes to Privacy Policy

1. As and when the need arises, Smile Foundation may alter its privacy policy in accordance with the latest technology and trends. It will provide you with timely notice of these changes. The users may reach out to Smile Foundation if they have any queries about any changes made to its practices.

2. If you have any questions at all about Smile Foundation’s privacy policy, please write to us at: [email protected]

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Welcome to this web-site of SMILE FOUNDATION. We make public our policy on refund and cancellation of donations received for the social cause on payment gateway as under:-

  • No refund/cancellation for the donated amount by any donor will not be entertained, the online donations through the online payment gateway.
  • No cash or refund of money will be allowed.
  • If any in-kind support received by the donor from any where the material will be reached to the poorest of the poorer communities.
  • Once received the donation for a cause will not be refunded to the donor. No cancellation to be made. The donation will be used for the community development, children education or women’s empowerment.
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