Smile foundation >> Celebrations

Anglo Indian Day

Smile Foundation children were a part of the celebrations of ‘Anglo Indian Day’ at the Assembly of God Church School, Park Street, Kolkata on August 1, 2009.

Students from 16 schools of Kolkata participated in the celebration organised by Anglo Indian Educational Society. Each school was associated with a development organisation working with children. Smile Foundation’s children participated in the event with La Martinier School For Girls. They presented a dance number on the song ‘Jai Ho’ from the Oscar award wining movie Slumdog Millionaire. The programme ended with distribution of gifts among children.

Puppet show

Smile Foundation in association with Airport Metro Express Line organised a HIV/AIDS awareness programme on World AIDS Day December 1, 2009. Through a puppet show, more than 1000 labourers and contractual workers were sensitised about HIV/AIDS at metro construction sites in New Delhi, Talkatora, Shivaji Stadium and Shastri Park.

Career Counselling

Smile Foundation organised a career counselling session for young underprivileged girls from 10 urban slums of Delhi. Reebok’s Master Trainer Nisha Verma gave a detailed presentation on ‘how to stay fit’, and ‘fitness training as a career option’ to 22 underprivileged girls covered under the Shinnyo-en scholarship programme. The event ended with prize distribution to the winners of the painting competition ‘Beti Bhi Apni Hai’.

Aarzoo: Ek Ujwal Bharat Ki

Smile Foundation organised ‘Aarzoo: Ek Ujwal Bharat Ki’, a Jagjit Singh Night at Siri Fort Auditorium on September 11, 2009. The auditorium was packed full to capacity with Delhiites flocking from all corners of the city to enjoy Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh perform live. The event was organised to support the education of children under the Mission Education project of Smile Foundation. The event sponsors were IndusInd Bank, iLd, Hindustan Times, Kingfisher Airlines, Metropolitan Hotel, graphisads, Fever 1o4, Planet M etc.
Celebrating Girl Child week
Capacity building of victimised and underprivileged girls marked the Girl Child week celebrations by Smile Foundation this year too. A series of street plays and skill building workshops were organised throughout the city sensitising people about the plight of girl child and motivating them to be a part of the development process.

Through the street play performances thousands of privileged and underprivileged people, majorly being women, were sensitised about the significance of family planning and various reproductive health issues including immunisation, early registration, condom promotion, HIV/AIDS, safe motherhood, female foeticide etc.

Alumni Meet
Smile Foundation organised a ‘STeP Alumni Meet’ for passouts from the STeP centres across the National Capital Region employed in leading companies. More than 40 ex-students assembled at Safdarjung Club, Safdarjung Enclave on September 15 to celebrate their success and share their experience. Professor Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed of Jawaharlal Nehru University was the chief guest. A career counselling session was organised for both the STeP students looking for a job and STeP alumni already in a job, but aspiring to achieve a lot more in life. Career Counsellor Mr Sameer Pathak explained the students how to be successful in life.