Recognising the scope and the benefits of the programme, global giant Microsoft Corporation has joined hands with Smile Foundation to make this effort scalable and sustainable. Thanks to partners like Microsoft, Smile is looking at launching the second phase of STeP.
Successful placement of STeP students
Students from Smile Twin e-Learning Projects have been selected for placements in Hospitality, Retail & BPO sectors. Some of the important organisations where STeP students have been recruited include Café Coffee Day, West Side Stores, Chroma Retail, Nokia Stores, Fun Cinema, Big Bazaar and HDFC Bank. In addition to this, many students from various parts of India have got jobs in local offices, stores, schools etc as assistants, computer operators, data entry executives, interns in electronic and computer firms etc.
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 metros 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 on 11th of Aug 2007 in partnership with Kolkata Police Family Welfare Centre. This project is catering to more than 1 lakh population. The next in line is Delhi where operations are expected to begin from February 2008 followed by Chennai where the project would be operational by April 2008. The Chennai initiative is supported by LifeLine Hospitals.
Mission Education, moving at a steady pace
Smile has chosen 2 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 needy children were included to 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.
Resource Team Goes Great Guns
Smile’s Resource 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.
Health camps were conducted in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Howrah, Noida and Roorkee for underprivileged children and women under a special programme titled ‘Health with Smile’. 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.
Resource team at Delhi facilitated interaction programmes between Smile Children and Privileged Children from prestigious schools of Delhi. These programmes helped sensitize the ‘haves’ about the ‘have-nots’ besides forming a sense of camaraderie. Children of Smile sponsored 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, Delhi visited Smile sponsored initiative Sankalp, Noida and interacted with the children of Sankalp. DAV School, Delhi visited NOW project for an interaction programme too. Taking a cue from the resource team of Delhi, the Mumbai team organised an entertainment programme for Children of Zero Octa, Goa and children of Smile Hamara School