These services are
complemented by Smile Health Camps to meet the immediate and specific healthcare needs of the underprivileged population in
selected intervention areas. Children and mothers are given particular attention, given their higher susceptibility to health
problems. Recognizing that a majority of the diseases prevalent in India are easily preventable if hygienic habits are adopted
and timely precautions are taken, the programme gives equal importance to health promotion and awareness, as to curative care.
Last year, a Primary Healthcare Rehabilitation programme was initiated in 24 villages of Ukimath Block, in the Rudraprayag
District of Uttarakhand, in the aftermath of the catastrophic Himalayan Tsunami. Tailor-made for the disaster affected people;
this programme includes a Static Health Clinic, a Mobile Health Clinic and regular awareness activities.
The healthcare programme, in line with the life-cycle approach, comprehensively covers the whole community – from the neglected
72 year old grandmother Jetuben from Gorakhpur village in Jamnagar, Gujarat; to baby Gunjan in Madhepura, Bihar; and Bhagauti,
the sole provider of his family in Harchandpur, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.
310,047 people were directly benefitted in 2013-14 through Smile on Wheels and Smile Health Camps.
An indispensable tool for empowerment in a market driven economy like ours, is the ability to earn a livelihood. The Smile Twin
e-Learning Programme (STeP) helps underprivileged youth make the transition from being a dependent to being a provider, by being
gainfully employed through skill enhancement. Training is provided in market-oriented job skills such as English, basic
computers, personality development, retail management and other relevant soft skills, along with facilitating employment in the
retail and service sectors.
The programme has not only helped thousands with a means of dignified livelihood, but has also been successful in giving a new
lease of life to many downtrodden families – a 25 year old single mother Madhuri, in Mumbai, who was devastated after her
husband’s sudden demise is now building a hopeful future for her daughter; Swathi, a young 20 year old in Bangalore, after her
parents’ accident, has learnt to stand on her feet and bear the responsibility of her younger siblings; a determined son in
Chandigarh, Vikram, is now providing for his elderly mother.
Over 16,000 youth have been trained under the STeP programme so far and around 11,500 have been placed in more than 140 reputed
brands across India.
A significant lesson, which we learnt quite early on our journey and has also been reinstated by various studies, is that when
women are supported and empowered, the whole society benefits. Their families are healthier, children go to school, income
levels improve and communities become more prosperous. Swabhiman, Smile Foundation’s empowerment programme for marginalized
women and girl children, is specifically aimed at realization of their individual and collective self-esteem and inner strength,
through innovative community practices.
More than 150,000 women have directly benefitted from Swabhiman so far.
These were just some of the lessons we have learnt in our journey till date; only a handful of experiences and a few
representative stories of change – there are countless more, which keep driving and motivating us, to continue our efforts. And
there are many more to come, as we believe that this is just the beginning and there are (s)miles to go!