"Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we
want for all." – Ban Ki-Moon
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) by governments worldwide at the UN Sustainable Development Summit earlier this year, global priorities and aspirations have been redefined to a large extent.
The SDGs present an unprecedented opportunity to address the complex economic, social and environmental challenges being faced by the world through an integrated and sustainable approach of development.
The success of the SDGs relies heavily on building positive partnerships, inspiring public and private accountability and action, and mobilising collective efforts towards this common set of goals and targets.
As in the last decade our efforts had been aligned with the global agenda for realisation of the MDGs, now we will work with the same dedication towards the shared purpose of achieving the SDGs. The adoption of the latter in fact comes as a great encouragement and motivation to Smile Foundation which has been already been practising the core ideas that have led to the formation of the SDGs since its inception.
While our focus, as a development organisation, has been first and foremost to work on the ground and bring positive change in the lives of the less privileged children and families, we have been making equal efforts to sustain this change, by sensitising and engaging the privileged masses to make it an active partner in all its welfare initiatives.
Not remaining restricted to the community and with the aim of achieving sustainable development in a wider social context, Smile Foundation adopted the philosophy of Civic Driven Change. Under this principle, collaborating with multiple stakeholders including indigenous community based organisations, international development organisations, local government bodies, corporate, institutions, schools, individuals and the civil society, we endeavour to exchange knowledge, combine resources and promote the ideal of shared prosperity.
ImFact’15 traverses our journey of 2014-15 and tries to capture the impact on the ground that has been made possible through sincere collaborative efforts and successful partnerships. During the year we were able to directly benefit 400,000 children and their families in more than 700 villages and slums across India, with hundreds of individuals, corporate, public institutions, schools, public figures and media joining hands with us and extending their vital support as always.
We hope you will find some of these innovations, achievements, challenges, and stories of change inspirational and join us in this journey of ours as we move ahead with the ultimate aim of ending poverty in all its forms, by enabling sustainable change.
Co-Founder & Executive Trustee