(June 22, 2007)
Goa’s complete online news edition
|Smile Foundation to launch projects for poor kids|
BY HERALD REPORTER
PANJIM, JUNE 22 – Smile Foundation that works towards children’s health and education is getting set to launch new projects in Goa aimed at empowering underprivileged children in the State.
New Delhi-headquartered Smile which is a member-based organization managed by a governing body comprising eminent people from the corporate world, was recently launched in Goa. Their office is located on the 2nd floor of Diamond Chambers, Opposite Education Department, Panjim.
Suryakant Narvekar, deputy director – West (Smile) said they would launch need-based project in the State. He said Smile wants to make a difference to the society, targeting the issues of education and healthcare for children and adolescents. It intends to reach out to children and youth through partnership with like-minded organizations. They have sough co-operation from NGOs working in the fields of children’s health and education.
As a Social venture philanthropist, Smile Foundation promotes and catalyses universal education among underprivileged children and helps them to move to the mainstream. Through various education and healthcare projects, Smile has its presence in 21 states where it works in partnership with more than 100 NGOs. It provides the necessary technical and financial expertise to strengthen their initiatives.
It works towards sustaining projects exclusively focused on the girl child/adolescent girls and their socio-economic empowerment. At the national level, it has several programmes like Swabhiman – designed to enable girls and women realize their self-esteem and potential in every sphere. Smile on Wheels is another programme to take health care services to the rural villages.