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Microsoft giving a timely boost

One of Smile Foundation’s major national level programmes, Smile Twin e-Learning Projects (STeP) is operational in 16 states of India through 38 centres under the first phase.

The projects builds market oriented education skills of underprivileged adolescents for getting employment in sectors like IT, hospitality and retails.

Recognising the scope and the benefits of the programme, global giant Microsoft Corporation has extended its support to Smile Foundation in the form of a grant worth Rs. 71.2 million. The grant is being utilized to make the projects scalable and sustainable.

Thanks to partners like Microsoft, Smile is looking at launching the second phase of STeP soon.

Successful placement of STeP students

Students from Smile Twin e-Learning Projects have been selected and recruited in companies like Café Coffee Day, West Side Stores, Chroma Retail, Nokia Stores, Fun Cinema, Big Bazaar and HDFC Bank from various project centres in India.

In addition to this, many students have got jobs in local offices, stores, schools, computer and electronic firms as assistants, computer operators, data entry executives and interns.

The fist month salaries of these youth are often more than their monthly family income.

From initiation to consolidation:

An eventful second phase for Smile on Wheels

Smile on Wheels, having successfully covered the rural segment in the first phase by reaching out to 1.5 lakh beneficiaries, is targeting slums and urban outskirts of major metros in the second phase. The objective is to reach out to slum dwellers in metro cities with poor accessibility to health care facilities as well as lack of affordability.

Kolkata was the first among the metro cities where Smile on Wheels was launched in partnership with Kolkata Police Family Welfare Centre. This project is catering to more than 1 lakh slum population. The next in line is Delhi where operations are expected to begin soon followed by Chennai where the project would be operational by April 2008.

Mission Education, moving at a steady pace

Smile has chosen two new projects in Kolkata and Jalpaiguri - Schools of the World and Hriday for support. Both the initiatives target slums and street children with the objective of transforming their lives through the power of education. Smile wishes both the project a smooth and purposeful association.

Four Smile supported projects namely BMSS in Chhattisgarh, Action for Autism in Delhi, Utkal Sevak Samaj in Orissa, Humana People to People in Rajasthan were renewed and 500 additional children were included to the existing strength of Smile Children through these initiatives.

Bosco, Bangalore goes an extra mile

Smile supported Bosco run initiative in Bangalore provided school uniform to all the beneficiaries of the project and made it mandatory for all the students to wear the uniform when they attend classes to inculcate in them a sense of belongingness and oneness with the project.

Besides working on the basic curriculum with the beneficiaries, the project also focused on extra curricular activities to ensure holistic development of students. The students were taken to excursions, made to participate in plays, dance and creative drawing programmes.

The result has been phenomenal.

'Child to Child’ Team Goes Great Guns

Smile’s Child to Child programme team has shown its resourcefulness by organising some very interesting events, camps and interactive programmes for school children all over the country. The team in Delhi organised a theatre workshop by National School of Drama for the children of the staff of NTPC, Dadri. Smile expresses its gratitude to National School of Drama for organising the event free of cost and NTPC for donating a token amount to Smile. Fifteen workshops on gender related issues and health seeking behaviour among adolescent girls were conducted by the resource team in schools of Delhi, Agra and Roorkee.
Child to Child is national level awareness generation and advocacy initiative focusing on privileged as well as underprivileged children across India.
Health camps were conducted in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Howrah, Noida and Roorkee for underprivileged children and women. Smile Foundation thanks Indian Overseas Bank, and Lifeline Hospitals, Chennai for sponsoring the camp at Chennai and Canara Bank for doing the same in Dharavi, Mumbai.
The team at Delhi facilitated interaction programmes between Smile Children and Privileged Children from numerous prestigious schools of Delhi. These programmes helped sensitize the ‘haves’ about the ‘have-nots’ besides forming a sense of camaraderie.
Children of Smile initiative Nai Disha in NOIDA and children of Kalka Public School, Kalkaji, New Delhi jointly participated in a cultural programme. Children of Fr. Agnel School, New Delhi visited Smile supported initiative Sankalp in NOIDA and interacted with the children. DAV School, Delhi visited Smile’s NOW project for an interaction programme too. Taking a cue from the Delhi team, Child to Child Mumbai team organised an entertainment programme for Children of Zero Octa, Goa and children of Smile Hamara School.