Smile Foundation organised a ‘Partners’
Meet’ for its NGO partners across East India and parts of
North East India on December 3 and 4, 2009. The two-day long event
was organised at Hotel Kalinga Ashok, Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
Representatives from 21 grassroots development organisations in
West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Manipur
etc had a fruitful session sharing their problems and making an
attempt to find solutions. Special sessions on Good Governance,
Sustainability, Leadership and Communication were held. The aim
of the workshop was to build the capacities of grassroots NGOs.
Music For Change
Smile Foundation is now a part of Change Beats,
which is an innovative attempt to make a difference through music
by sensitising youngsters in developing world about their counterparts
living in other parts of the world. The programme - Change Beats
is supported by International Child Support (ICS) in which the
musicians from Netherlands compose music along with young musicians
from Tanzania, Suriname and India.
The music mix of developing (India, Brazil, Suriname and South
Africa) and developed world aims at bridging the gap between the
Jaffrey celebrates with Smile kids
Bollywood actor Javed Jaffrey who is also the host
of the famous reality dance show Boogie Woogie celebrated his 46th
birthday with Smile Foundation children at his residence in Mumbai
on December 4, 2009.
As a birthday gift, the kids presented a handmade card and bouquet
to him. Mr. Jaffrey and his wife Habiba played host to the children
and served them a delicious meal. Along with many valuable tips
on education and career options, Mr and Mrs Jaffrey also distributed
gifts among the children. Mr Jaffrey invited the kids to participate
in the Boogie Woogie dance show.
health camp at Bhilwara
Smile Foundation in association with Jain Sabha
Women’s Wing organised the seventh multi-disciplinary health
camp at Shahpura in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. The camp was
organised from September 11 to September 21, 2009. The health camp
had a make-shift 500 bed hospital, which offered varied medical
service to people from about 100 villages in the vicinity of Shahpura.
At least 4632 people were provided free medical service and 554
people underwent surgery.
Chhoone Do Aasmaan
A series of short films on the real life stories
of children living in the slums of big and small cities were telecast
under the campaign Chhoone Do Aasmaan from August 31 to October
31, 2009 on NDTV India.
The campaign ended with an hour long panel discussion (Hum Log)
hosted by Mr. Pankaj Pachauri on November 1, 2009. A special episode
of Chhoone Do Aasmaan hosted by child actor Darsheel Safary was
telecast on Children’s Day November 14, 2009.
Chhoone Do Aasmaan was a joint initiative of Smile Foundation
and NDTV to bring to light the hidden aspirations of less privileged
children. It was an attempt to showcase the dreams and desires of
the underprivileged children residing in the urban slums across