Don’t Employ, Empower Them!

Smile Foundation Children held an awareness drive in Mumbai on the eve of International Labour Day. The objective was to sensitize privileged citizens to prevent the practice of children labour and instead empower them with the power of education.

Mumbai alone has an estimated 60,000 children between 5 - 14 years and 80,000 between 14 - 18 years in domestic work according to the National Sample Survey.

Statistics reveal that India has 17 million child labourers, the highest in the world.

The sensitization effort continued for more than three hours near Churchgate. Many celebrities and actors, including Divyanka Tripathi, Little Champs singers, Anchor Mauli as well as more than 200 citizens participated in campaign.

Members of the media took a responsible and active role in spreading message with Smile Foundation. It included ZEE News and ZEE Group, Star News, Aaj Tak, India TV, Star Majha, News 24, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, DNA, Lokmat, Navkaal, Apla Varthahar, among the prominent ones.

Prior to the above campaign, a similar event was also organized in New Delhi, focusing on the plight of the children of domestic maids.

Save Girl Child

Imagine advising your son eligible for marriage not to get married as there are not enough girls available to find a match for him!

Imagine a country; call it India, if you will, where in some parts there is only one girl available for every 15 boys eligible for marriage.

Haryana Rally

Sounds outrageous? Yet in some parts of India the percentage difference of females over males is as high as 15.71%. National female to male ratio is a pathetic 933:1000. 1 out of every 6 girls does not live to see her 15th birthday. One third of these deaths take place at birth. Condition of majority of those who survive is no good, as 22 million girls below the age of 18 years are forced into marry against their wishes to males twice their age. We as a nation seem quite content to accept and even promote violation of constitutional rights of girl child.

Smile Foundation organized a mass awareness drive in the villages of Palwal in Faridabad district of Haryana. More than hundred students from Jamia
Millia Islamia University, New Delhi and another hundred Swabhiman volunteers and more than two hundred village girls participated in the programme. ABLE Charitable Hospital and SOS Children's Village were the co-organisers.

Issues related to prevention of female foeticide, infanticide, early child marriage, restoring self respect, were taken up. The encouraging response to the rally raised hope that people are willing to change their attitude towards girl child.

Together Let Us Save the Mother Earth

Smile Children celebrated ‘Earth Day’ in Kolkata in association with SAFE (South Asian Forum for Environment) on April 22, 2008. .

Children marched through the streets sensitizing masses about preserving our environment when socially conscious citizens in huge numbers. Children were enthusiastic to share basic awareness on environment issues with the participating public. Opinion polls, discussions, interviews etc were organized as a part of the sensitization process. This was followed by an interactive awareness session on ‘Environment and its effect on Health’ and a pledge to keep the environment clean and beautiful and preserve natural resources.

Health Camp in Goa

Smile Foundation, in association with Presentation Centre Vasco organised a free health camp under Health with Smile programme focusing on girl children and women. More than 70 beneficiaries attended the camp where awareness tips about personal hygiene and common issues in reproductive health were highlighted, besides general health check-up.

Significant contributions were made by Dr. Smita Vani abd Ms. Mahalaxmi Bhobe in treating and referring the diseased. Smile Foundation is planning a series of similar initiatives in Goa after the success of this health camp.

Bollywood Actor Kajol Cheers Smile Children

It was a scintillating evening when children of Smile Foundation spend whale of a time with their favourite Bollywood stars Kajol, Ajay Devgan and Tanuja. Eyes of the actors went moist and the face adorned with a silent smile when children presented a hand-made doll to Kajol for her little daughter Nysa. The affection and modesty of the stars was quite evident at the stage of Rock and Roll where Smile Children were graciously invited by ZEE TV.

We thank Kajol, Ajay and Tanuja to bring smile to the children.

Pidilite makes Smile kids play with idea and hobby

A team of 23 Smile Children from Sparsha, one of the projects in Mumbai, went for a day out at Hobby Ideas, a craft and hobby store chain in Mumbai. The children painted the store green which was a little time off from their daily schedule of going to education centre. The teachers and staff of Hobby Ideas could not hold back their childhood memories and joined the gang in their creative activities of painting, sticker work and graffiti etc.

The activity was organized by Pidilite, in association with Smile Foundation. The children had a good time amid the toys, magic materials, fairytale books and other creative stuffs displayed in Hobby Ideas.

Besides enjoying a fun filled day, in the process the children came close to their teachers and instructors. The creative session was followed by a magic show. The show was highly interactive with active participation from Smile children.