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Free of cost Mobile Medical Unit dedicated to Garhwa District

Free of cost Mobile Medical Unit dedicated to Garhwa District

Garhwa, 7 th of July 2023: Shri Mithilesh Kumar Thakur, Honourable Minister for Drinking Water &
Sanitation, Government of Jharkhand flagged off Smile on Wheels mobile medical unit for the
people of Garhwa district from the Sadar Hospital premises. The project is being supported by MSD
Pharmaceuticals and implemented by Smile Foundation. Dr. Anil Kumar, Civil Surgeon cum Chief
Medical Officer, and Shri Praveen Kumar Singh, District Programme Manager also graced the
“This is a great initiative for Garhwa district as this will complement the government’s efforts in
serving the rural population. I thank MSD Pharmaceuticals, especially Neelima Dwivedi ji, for
choosing Jharkhand for its CSR initiative. I am sure that Smile Foundation will bring its best of
expertise as the implementing partner of this Smile on Wheels project,” said Hon’ble Minister, Shri
Mithilesh Kumar Thakur.

About the Project in Jharkhand

MSD Pharmaceutical Pvt Ltd and Smile Foundation has been working in the state of Jharkhand in 5
districts i.e. Garhwa, Chatra, Dumka, Sahibganj and West Singbhum to reach approximately 2,25,000
beneficiaries through Mobile Medical Units called Smile on Wheels.
Smile on Wheels programme focuses on providing wide range of health services like
● OPD Services will provide curative health care services to the community, which include health
check-ups, Point of Care tests, medicines and counselling.
● Referral Services: The project will act as a bridge between the community and the government.
Linkages will be established with the Primary Health Care Centers and Government Hospitals
● To ensure safe motherhood, the project will provide Ante-Natal Care and Post-Natal Care Services
on the ground
● Awareness Programme: Information Education and Communication (IEC/BCC) activities will
promote health seeking behaviour and preventive actions in the community
● Networking & Liasioning: will be done with Government and Community stakeholders to ensure
smooth operations and create single window to make the health services available

About the Project in Garwha

Project Reach – 45,000 rural beneficiaries
Team Composition – The team comprises of Community Health Officer, Doctor, Nurse, Community
Mobilizer and Driver.
Equipment and Technology: The Smile on Wheels mobile medical unit is equipped with Oxygen
Cylinder, Nebulizer, Blood Pressure Regulator, Thermal Scanner, Oximeter, Foetal Doppler, Weighing

Machine, Point of Care Test Kits (covering Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, UPT etc.), GPS tracker and
Digital Patient Database Management System.

About MSD Pharmaceuticals

For 130 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for
many of the world's most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve
lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.,
U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing
access to health care through far-reaching policies, programmes, and partnerships. Today,
MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten
people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and
emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive
biopharmaceutical company in the world.

About Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million
children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education,
healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and slums in
25 states.

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‘Gandhi & Co’ lone Indian winner in SIFFCY 23, European Films Sweep Awards

‘Gandhi & Co’ lone Indian winner in SIFFCY 23, European Films Sweep Awards

New Delhi, April 21, 2023: Film from the Czech Republic ‘Even Mice Belong in Heaven’, where two mortal enemies, mice and fox become best of friends in the animal heaven moved the heart of the jury to bag three awards. It included the Best Feature Film and the Best Story (Children) awards at the ongoing Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY). The international film festival is held every year to recognise creative talent and to encourage children and youth centric cinema. 


‘Gandhi & Co’ becomes the lone Indian film to win an award during this year’s SIFFCY. Produced by Mahesh Danannavar and directed by Manish Saini, Gandhi & Co is a light-hearted Gujarati comedy movie. It depicts a story taking along Gandhian values of harmony and honesty in an entertaining way. This film won two awards, namely in the best director and best actor categories.


SIFFCY is a testament to the power of storytelling and its ability to inspire, impress and entertain children. The week-long event is showing over 150 handpicked films from across the globe for over 100,000 school children across India through 50 simultaneous screenings. It provides filmmakers with an opportunity to connect with young audiences too. 


“Cinema, with its larger-than-life characterization, awe-inspiring depiction and inherent unique power, will continue to remain relevant as one of the best creative tools. Using good cinema, we want to contribute to positive societal change that begins with the young minds. With our 10th edition next year, we want to reach one million young audience,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Chairman of SIFFCY and Executive Trustee & Co-Founder of the Smile Foundation.


The unique film festival serves as a platform to promote children’s films and create awareness about the importance of quality cinema for young audiences, and this is a step towards achieving that goal. SIFFCY aims to encourage and recognize the efforts of filmmakers who produce quality cinema for children across the globe.


Here are some of the winners for this year’s awards and categories, which include both animated and inspiring films.


1) International Competition, Best Feature Film (Children): Even Mice Belong in Heaven, The Czech Republic, France, Poland and Slovakia

2) Best Feature Film (Youth): Oskar & Lilli, Austria

3) Best Actor Award: Dhyani Jani and Hiranya Zinzuwadia for Gandhi & Co (Gujarati), India

4) Best Story Award: Even Mice Belong in Heaven, The Czech Republic, France, Poland and Slovakia 

5) Best Short Film Award: Why Did the Giraffe’s Flower Fade (Persian), Iran 

6) Best Next Gen Award (Film made by Children): The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World (German), Germany 

7) ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) Award for best film: Even Mice Belong in Heaven

8) CIFEJ (International Centre of Films for Children & Young People) Award for best film: Tales of Franz (German), Germany

9) Film Critics Circle of India (FCCI) Award for best film: Tales of Franz, Germany 

10) Best Director: Manish Saini for Gandhi & Co (Gujarati), India

11) Best Short Film (Children) by Young Jury: Witch Fairy, Belgium 

12) Best Short Film (Youth) by Young Jury: You Have Many Parts (German), Germany 


Two categories were specifically adjudged by the Young Jury (comprised of 50 children and youth from five countries), recognizing the best short films made for young people. ‘Witch Fairy’ from Belgium won the Best Short Film (Children) award, while ‘You Have Many Parts’ from Germany was awarded the Best Short Film (Youth).


Mr. Santanu Mishra added that in recent years, there has been a growing demand for children’s films in India, and efforts are being made to produce more of them. Through our efforts, we want to recognize and encourage young filmmakers to produce age-appropriate content that can cater to the potential and the need of the hour. This initiative not only promotes creativity but also helps shape the minds of young viewers. 


“The festival aims to promote the art of filmmaking and encourage children to appreciate and create cinema that reflects their own unique perspectives. On the sidelines of screening films, every year workshops, training and orientation programmes, and interactive sessions with filmmakers are organized under SIFFCY to inspire young minds to explore the ever-evolving world of cinema also as a future career option,” explained Mr. Jitendra Mishra, SIFFCY Festival Director. 


About Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation is a national-level development organization directly benefitting over 1.5 million children and their families every year, through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 2000 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India. 

Smile Foundation is also a widely respected brand known for its continuous innovations and strives to sensitize the privileged mass across the globe so that they come forward, take on the social problems of the world as personal challenges and fight them back. And in order to grab their attention, Smile Foundation has been developing films as a core area, which are creative, innovative and are a balance of the right content and the right quality.

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SIFFCY, the Festival of Good Cinema enters Ninth Edition

SIFFCY, the festival of good cinema enters ninth edition

April 12, 2023, New Delhi: Children and youth are the future of any nation. If sensitized early, they can be the best change agents, be it in their family or the community they live. But unfortunately, teenagers are prone to harmful addictions, loneliness, insecurity, violence and aggression owing to unbridled exposure into a plethora of media. Hence, it has become very important to channel the energy and enthusiasm of children and youth into a positive direction by imbibing a conscious perspective and constructive value system in them. 

The idea behind Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) has been to nurture a special film platform devoted to a greater appreciation of meaningful cinemas made for children and youth which can bring change in the society by showcasing those films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the pioneers and leaders of the similar industry and by promoting the diverse perspectives of good cinema from across the globe. 

The week-long SIFFCY enters its ninth edition this year, beginning 17th of April. This edition will screen 150 acclaimed and award-winning films sourced from over 50 countries, enthralling an audience of over 100,000 children and youth. Films and workshops on climate change, road safety and on children cinema will also be organized with the involvement of industry experts, opinion makers and professionals. 

“I believe that good cinema is one of the most powerful media to depict reality and emulate values. A single good film has the power to stimulate discussion and contemplation in young minds about personal, emotional, societal and moral duties enabling them to become better and stronger individuals. Our aim is to catch their attention and make them consider worthy social concerns thereby influencing them to adopt the model of civic-driven change in the society. Our films are driven towards creating an impact on the society for a good cause,” says Mr. Santanu Mishra, Chairman of SIFFCY and Executive Trustee & Co-Founder of Smile Foundation.

This year the festival will host the prestigious European Children’s Film Association Award and also the acclaimed CIFEJ Award (only Indian organization to host the award). In addition, SIFFCY will host the much-admired Film Critics Circle of India Award as well.

A segment under the best of “Czech Animations” will be showcased this year in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi. Further, the association will bring 10 curated and handpicked films made by young filmmakers of the Tomas Bata University in Zlin.

The collaborate with the Delegation of the European Union to India is bringing the best of European cinema made for children and youth for the Indian audience during SIFFCY 2023. Further association with SCHLINGEL International Film Festival, Germany will result in 10 recent handpicked German films captivating the young Indian enthusiasts. 

“This edition of SIFFCY will have a dozen of unique workshops, panel discussions and master-classes by industry experts and mentors, in additoin to screening of internationally acclaimed films. The larger idea behind this festival is to encourage young minds to think critically and express creatively, especially through the medium of films. We have also been trying to provide an exclusive platform for young, aspiring and independent filmmakers to showcase their talents to the international audience,” says Mr. Jitendra Mishra, festival director of SIFFCY.

In one of the biggest cinematic experiences for children, youth and film-enthusiasts in India, Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth (SIFFCY) will screen the handpicked films on a hybrid mode, through both physical and virtual platforms. Over 30,000 young visitors are scheduled to visit the festival venues in New Delhi alone where over 25 International filmmakers, experts, festival organizers, media professionals from over 20 different countries will be present physically and virtually. In addition, the festival will be held in 50 other locations spread across India. Acclaimed filmmaker from Japan Mr. Nijitaro will be hosting an animation workshops with underprivileged children to make a film during the ninth edition of SIFFCY.  

Smile Foundation believes that every movie creator or storyteller has a unique way of working. However, one of the important qualities is to use entertainment as a medium to inculcate invaluable human emotions such as giving, empathy and a sense of responsibility.

With a strong belief in the power of responsible communication, especially that of good cinema, Smile Foundation has successfully worked on numerous short films, documentaries, TV series and campaigns besides a full-length feature film ‘I am Kalam’ in the recent past. I am Kalam alone travelled across the globe winning 30 awards, besides a national award in India.

Prominent directors, actors, writers, cinematographers and production wizards including Hansal Mehta, Jahnu Barua, Santosh Sivan, Nagesh Kukunoor, Resul Pookutty, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Utpal Borpujari have been the pillars of strength since the inception of SIFFCY.


About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is a national level development organization directly benefitting over 1.5 million children and their families every year, through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in over 2000 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India. Smile Foundation is also a widely respected brand known for its continuous innovations and strives to sensitize the privileged mass across the globe so that they come forward, take on the social problems of the world as personal challenges and fight them back. And in order to grab their attention, Smile Foundation has been developing films as a core area, which are creative, innovative and are a balance of the right content and the right quality. 

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athenahealth and Smile Foundation Launch Second Mobile Medical Unit in Bengaluru

athenahealth and Smile Foundation Launch Second Mobile Medical Unit in Bengaluru

Watertown, March 2023 – athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of network-enabled software and services for medical groups and health systems nationwide, and Smile Foundation today announced the expansion of their partnership with the launch of a second mobile medical unit, as part of the Smile on Wheels initiative, in Bengaluru, India. The mobile medical units providess free care to underprivileged and underserved communities in Karnataka state.

The expansion is a result of the success of the partnership’s first mobile medical unit, which was launched in August 2021 to help strengthen public health infrastructure and provide primary healthcare to Chennai residents. To date, the original unit has served more than 25,000 people. athenaGives, athenahealth’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, provides financial support for Smile on Wheels’ mobile medical units.

In addition to healthcare accessibility, another  primary objective of the second mobile medical unit in Bengaluru is safe motherhood, ensuring all women receive the care they need to be healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth and to reduce the number of maternal mortalities. 

Smile on Wheels is a national-level mobile healthcare program from Smile Foundation, that benefits underprivileged communities. Under the program, well-equipped mobile medical units, along with specialized doctors, nurses, medical staff, and medicine reach out to doorsteps of people in identified villages and underserved urban communities to provide crucial access to primary healthcare services in unserved or underserved areas. Smile on Wheels has so far provided free healthcare services to more than 1.5 million children and families across India. 

“Ensuring healthcare of children and young mothers is crucial for both wellbeing of families and prosperity of the society. We are glad to take our partnership with athenahealth further and to complement the efforts of the governments,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation. 

“We are proud to partner with Smile Foundation to support patients in underprivileged communities in India,” said Gillian Perron, head of athenaGives at athenahealth. “Maternal health is a global issue, and we look forward to continuing to work with organizations both in India and the United States to help improve pregnancy and childbirth outcomes.”

 athenahealth also collaborated with Akshaya Patra to distribute 4,000 shatki kits in Bengaluru and Chennai in March 2023. The kits are designed to improve the nutritional status of pregnant women who have limited financial resources.

 About athenahealth, Inc.  

athenahealth creates innovative healthcare technology that connects clinicians, patients, payers, and partners in differentiated ways. Our electronic health record, revenue cycle management, and patient engagement tools allow anytime, anywhere access, driving better financial outcomes for our customers and enabling our provider customers to deliver better quality care. In everything we do, we’re inspired by our vision to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all. For more information, please visit

athenaGives is athenahealth’s global corporate social responsibility program with a mission to provide equitable access to healthcare for all; improve food security; and support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. 

 About Smile Foundation 

Smile Foundation is a national development organization directly benefitting over 1.5 million underprivileged children and their families every year through more than 400 welfare projects in education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment spread across 2,000 remote villages and urban slums in 25 states of India.

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Smile Foundation and Shell launch STEM project on Pi Day

Smile Foundation and Shell launch STEM project on Pi Day

New Delhi, March 15, 2023: On the occasion of International Pi (π) Day, Smile Foundation and Shell launch ‘NXplorers Junior’ programme in three Indian states. NXplorers is Shell’s global flagship Social Investment STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational programme aims to benefit over 25,000 children during the first year by enabling them to understand, navigate and address local and global challenges, as underlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). NXplorers is also aligned with the National Education Policy 2020 and delivers societal benefits.  

The innovative initiative will benefit less-privileged students from government schools and affordable private schools, studying in rural and hard-to-reach areas in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. Its design also includes endeavour to create awareness amongst parents on the importance of STEM education, especially for girl children.

“Shell firmly believes that, provided with the necessary skills and guidance, young people can be a driving force to find sustainable solutions to the major global challenges of our time. Launched in 2018, Shell’s global flagship STEM programme NXplorers is aligned with the National Education Policy 2020 that aims to transform India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society. With the Smile Foundation partnership, we aim to expand this programme to Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Telangana and offer young minds the platform to design sustainable solutions to ease the pressure on food, water, and energy,” said Ms. Latika Taneja, Head of Corporate Relations – India.

The programme is being rolled out in concurrence with the educational authorities of the respective state governments. Besides students, teachers, parents and communities are involved actively while implementing the programme so that it remains sustainable in the long-term.

“We are excited to roll out this innovative programme in India. We are hopeful that our children will not only leverage STEM education in building their future career but also will grow up and develop leadership ability in finding sustainable solutions in various walks of life,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation.  

The NXplorers Juniors will train both 6th and 7th grade students. NXplorers Juniors Level-I course will be delivered through a combination of teacher’s guide, PowerPoint slides, and several instructional videos. The facilitator guide will outline the essentials to be covered in each session, exercises, discussion, checkpoint questions, a summary, assessment, and research to be undertaken by students after the session.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exploring SDG Solutions, researching global goals, and developing a challenge and choosing a solution etc. are covered in the NXplorers Juniors Level-1.

NXplorers – Learning for a Life Time, envisions to provide a minimum of 3-5 years of NXplorers exposure to the students at various levels. The objectives include developing strong knowledge and skill set among students so that local and global challenges can be addressed by them. Developing sustainable models of implementation by engaging teachers, school leaders and communities effectively, creating awareness amongst parents regarding the importance of STEM education, especially concerning girl education are part of the overall goals.

About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is a national development organization directly benefitting over 1.5 million underprivileged children and their families every year through more than 400 welfare projects in education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment spread across 2,000 remote villages and urban slums in 25 states of India.

About Shell:

Shell is one of the most diversified international energy company in India with over 10,000 employees and presence across upstream, integrated gas, downstream, renewable energy, and deep capabilities in R&D, digitalisation, and business operations; with a retail presence across six states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Assam.

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Deutsche Bank to provide Engineering Scholarship for meritorious Girls

Deutsche Bank to provide Engineering Scholarship for meritorious Girls

Mumbai, 2022: Deutsche Bank and Smile Foundation have come together to provide engineering scholarships to 200 young women from low-income families throughout India. The students will receive funding for a four-year engineering course at select colleges in Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, and Pune.

The bank, in conjunction with its NGO partner, Smile Foundation, formally handed over the scholarship letters and laptops at individual events across Deutsche Bank offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and Jaipur. Other than senior management of the bank, also present at the event were parents of the girls and their college principles.

Almost 1,100 promising applications from aspirants studying in over 50 colleges, across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and Jaipur, were received. It is interesting to note that many of these women would be the first in their families and communities to achieve an advanced formal education. Almost all of them aspire to be role models for their families and communities, for current and future generations.

The extensive process of conducting orientation sessions and selecting the young recipients for the scholarship, was undertaken meticulously by more than 150 volunteers from the bank and the foundation. 

In pursuit of the bank’s vision that no woman should be left behind and to prioritise inclusive and gender-diverse work cultures, the bank is focussing on women empowerment to serve as a change agent in crucial areas such as technical skill development for women. 

“As a country with a burgeoning female population, there is an urgent need to ensure equitable distribution of economic resources and to provide equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic, and public life. As a bank, we believe in supporting initiatives that would create a larger talent pool that would help support our vision towards nation building. Our scholarship will help develop a generation of women technocrats and build gender collaboration to sustain a buoyant and thriving economy,” said Kaushik Shaparia, CEO, Deutsche Bank Group, India.

Vikram Singh Verma, Executive Director of Smile Foundation is proud of what the foundation has achieved in terms of empowering women. “We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Deutsche Bank which has helped us bring to life, the dreams of these young women. Our efforts are in line with the government’s agenda of educating the girl child and we are actively seeking to create a gender-balanced leadership by increasing the share of women in technical positions in business through such programmes,” he added. 

The introduction of the scholarship is the next chapter in the bank’s five-year collaboration with Smile Foundation. To date, the bank and the foundation have addressed the primary healthcare needs of more than 650,000 individuals in the slums and villages of Bengaluru, Jaipur, Kalyan, Mumbai, and Pune. Vital support to migrant labourers and frontline workers was also provided through community screening kits and dry rations, at the peak of the pandemic.


About Deutsche Bank 

The Deutsche Bank group has been operating in India since 1980 with a strong presence in the businesses of corporate and investment banking, retail banking, private wealth management and global business services. With nearly 15,000 staff and operations across 18 locations in India, the group is recognized as one of the leading foreign financial services providers in India. Deutsche Bank is Germany’s leading bank, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific. 


About Smile Foundation 

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 26 states.



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240 Children Complete Robotics Training at IIT Bombay

240 Children Complete Robotics Training at IIT Bombay

Mumbai, January 25, 2023: The three-phase workshops at IIT Bombay might prove to be a life-changing experience for the 240 selected students of class VIII & IX from six Mission Education centres of Smile Foundation across Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts. 

The robotics workshop is being conducted under the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives of Smile Foundation in collaboration with the Electronics and Robotics Club (ERC) of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The facilitation partner, Gnaan U Education, played an important role in organizing the workshops. 

As part of the programme, the on-campus Robotics workshop helped the students gain conceptual knowledge of the Electronics and Robotics field viz. physics, mechanics, electrical current and motors, soldering and basics of computer programming. 

Prof. Rajesh Zele, Dept. of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay told the children, “You have come out of your comfort zone to a place like IIT Bombay to learn new things; you have the courage to speak in front of such a large class; you worked in teams to build your bots, and realised that nothing is impossible! Coming to IIT and learning Robotics is not the most important thing, but finding your interests, and pursuing them diligently to do something worthwhile in life, is very important. That is what you have learnt here!”

The children also got hands-on experience in building a Remote Controlled (RC) motor car. They successfully made 40 such cars in a self-learning manner. They competed in “Race Track” and “Bot Fight” competition with their cars. This programme is offered to first year IIT-Bombay students on the campus, and this year, these school students got an opportunity to participate in it.

“The NEP recommends that STEM learning gets due importance in the process of child education. These endeavours and encouragements will play crucial roles not only in building the future of our children but also in the process of nation-building,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation. 

The students were provided demonstration of RC Drones by Aeromodelling Club, IIT Bombay, to further their exposure in machines. The students were presented with various projects at IIT Bombay including underwater vehicle from other departments too. 

A Career Guidance session was conducted to guide the children on how to pursue a career in Engineering.

“Programmes like these provide hands-on exposure to students. They get experiential learning instead of theoretical learning. It generates a self-belief in them that they can not only understand science but also apply it to create machines. They can also see what good quality education empowers them to do. This is great work by Smile Foundation,” elucidated Mr. Gnanesh Mehta, founder of Gnaan U Education.

The Electronics and Robotics Club (ERC) is the official student club for Electronics and Robotics at IIT-B that organizes events, lectures, hackathons, competitions, at the premier institute. The members of the ERC gained a unique experience in teaching engineering concepts to school students. They also appreciated the benefits of such exposure for the school students.

“Experiential learning programmes such as these provide hands-on knowledge, as envisioned by our New Education Policy. I sincerely thank Smile Foundation and Gnaan U Education for this opportunity,” said Mr. Sourabh Hanje, Convener of the Electronics and Robotics Club, IIT Bombay.

The selected children, besides gaining valuable exposure, also got to interact with students and faculty at the IIT Bombay, thereby availing an invaluable opportunity of mentoring. This was a unique opportunity of on-campus knowledge transfer by teaching school students at the IIT Bombay. A remarkable improvement in the children’s ability to answer application-based science questions was observed in the post-programme survey. 

About Smile Foundation:

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organisation directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 25 states.

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Govt. School students showcased amazing progress in Space Science and Technology

Govt. School students showcased amazing progress in Space Science and Technology

Pune, January 15, 2023: A select group of 120 meritorious students from five government schools showcased their talent and excellence in the areas of space science and technology in the Annual Science Fair. These children were selected from around 2,000 students who have been going through special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programme in five government schools. 

Smile Foundation has been conducting a special project named ‘Promoting STEM Education among children’ under its Mission Education Programme. The project, operating with support from Atlas Copco India Ltd., has been focusing on 1,965 children across five government schools in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area of Pune. Most of the children come from economically weaker families and socially disadvantaged communities.

The students had created and presented various models, which they had developed under the guidance of Scientists and Trainers in the domain of space science and technology. Activities during the fair included aero modeling, satellites and launch vehicle display, rocket launching demonstration, among others which brought excitement both to the participants as well as visitors. 

An additional 1,200 school children from various other schools, along with their parents, had visited the annual science fair, organized at Pimple Gurav Secondary School, PCMC. 

Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Executive Director, Smile Foundation said, “If children are introduced to proper STEM educations early, tomorrow they will excel in the emerging domains, besides creating innovations for the society. As children are the future of a nation, these foundational preparations can help them play an important role in nation-building.” 

Mr. Kabir Gaikwad, Corporate HR Head, Atlas Copco India Ltd. said, “STEM education and experiential learning are important for our children for them to develop critical thinking skills and concepts. Together, we should keep innovating ways to help the children learn effectively and grow.”

The broad objectives of the ‘Promoting STEM Education among children’ project are as follow: 

  • Create: Critical thinkers, problem solvers, next generation innovators, highly skilled team of technical persons
  • Access to and awareness of multivariate career disciplines
  • Promote learning through: problem and inquiry based approach, engage students in hands-on activities
  • Foster skills: persistence, teamwork, and the application of gained knowledge to new situations
  • Stimulate curiosity and creativity
  • Introduce effective pedagogy and resources that enable teachers to enhance their skills in knowledge transfer

The expected outcomes of the projects are:

  • Shift of students from rote learning to learning by doing
  • Improvement in academic performance in Science and Math subjects
  • Increased retention in classes
  • Increased knowledge of Teachers in STEM Pedagogy

About Smile Foundation 

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 26 states.

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Ananya Birla heralds New Year with Smile Foundation kids 

Ananya Birla heralds New Year with Smile Foundation kids

New Delhi, January 06, 2023:  The New Year began with a special note for Smile Foundation children with entrepreneur-singer-songwriter Ananya Birla spending a day with them. She organized a special meet and greet musical session, titled, ‘Spreading of Love with Music – One beat at a time’. The event also marked the beginning of a meaningful association of Ananya Birla with Smile Foundation.

The day was made memorable by the sterling performance of Ananya Birla with her band, followed by a special dance performance which the children had prepared especially for her. 

The event which was organized at ‘NeeV – a learning center’ in Gurugram, supported under Mission Education programme of Smile Foundation, laid emphasis on the power of education to enable dreams and transform lives.

Ms. Birla had words of motivation for the children and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. During the event, Ms. Ananya Birla said, “It is a great experience being here and I feel really inspired. It is truly commendable what Smile Foundation is doing and I wish more people did this at this level and at this quality. It has also been a great experience singing for these children. I would not say I was performing, it was all of us singing together and I really had fun. What NeeV is doing with Smile Foundation for these children is truly inspiring.”

Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “I believe in the philosophy of ‘Civic Driven Change’. It means that unless privileged members of the society take part in the process of development, lasting change cannot be achieved. We thank Ms. Ananya Birla for her encouragement and participation.” 

Smile Foundation is an Indian development organization directly benefiting over 1.5 million children and families every year through more than 400 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment spread across 2,000 villages and urban slums in 26 states. 

‘NeeV- A Learning Centre,’ a brainchild of Dr. Shalini Malhotra, was founded in 2007 to educate and empower underprivileged children. In the last 16 years, NeeV has grown from strength to strength, and under the guidance and support of Smile Foundation’s ‘Change the Game India’ programme.

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Four Mobile Dental Units launched by GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited with Smile Foundation

Four Mobile Dental Units launched by GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited with Smile Foundation

New Delhi, November 07, 2022: In light of tackling barriers to everyday health and addressing oral health inequalities in the country, four Mobile Dental Vans were flagged off today by Dr. Ram Prakash Rai, District Epidemiologist (IDPS) Civil Surgeon Office, Gurugram, Health Department at Chakkarpur, Gurugrm to serve the underprivileged communities. 

GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, the makers of Sensodyne launched the vans under the corporate social responsibility initiative “Smile on Wheels Mobile Dental Vans”, in partnership with Smile Foundation. 

The four vans were flagged off in the presence of senior leaders of the GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, along with the leaders of Smile Foundation.

Oral health is an indicator of overall wellbeing and there is an increased need for interventions to alleviate prevalence of oral disease burden of the country. Around 85-90 % adults and 60-80 % children have dental cavities in India. 

Recognizing these disparities, this initiative is a call for action to improve oral health in India by providing free dental care consultations to the underprivileged communities and increase access and utilization of dental care at the grassroots.

Smile Foundation will operate the four mobile dental vans in Delhi NCR to create awareness on oral health and hygiene, and increase access thereafter. Two mobile dental units will operate in Delhi and one each in Noida and Gurugram, serving people free of charge. 

Each medical mobile unit is equipped with GPS facility, offering dental consultation, oral cancer screening to underprivileged people in and around Delhi NCR free of charge. Each unit is staffed with a registered dentist, technician, programme coordinator and aims to reach out to 72,000 beneficiaries in the first year. Smile Foundation aims to establish linkages with government and charitable hospitals for referral services.

Speaking on partnering with Smile Foundation, Shanu Saksena, Head CSR, GSK APL said, “There’s a synergic relationship between oral health and overall wellness. Taking actions to support communities to be healthy is reinforcing our commitment that better everyday health should be within the reach for everyone. That’s why, we want to positively impact people living in the communities we operate in. Through this partnership, we have an opportunity to usher in change and work together in overcoming barriers faced in the delivery of oral healthcare to underserved areas.”

As schools are effective platforms to strengthen oral health promotion and disease prevention intervention, Smile Foundation will also conduct a School Dental Health Programme once a week offering dental check-up to children.

“This pilot project is a step towards addressing dental healthcare in India. We have partnered with GSK APL to launch our first ever mobile dental units. We are hoping to bridge the gaps in dental healthcare delivery and provide quality services at the grassroots to ensure oral healthcare for all,” said Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation. 

As a self-sufficient system to deliver dental care, the project aims to increase utilisation of dental care by underprivileged and underserved communities of Delhi NCR at the grassroots level.


About GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited 

GlaxoSmithKline Asia Private Limited, in India is a leading fast-moving consumer healthcare company with over 500 employees in India and category-leading brands such as Sensodyne, ENO, Crocin, Iodex, Ostocalcium and Centrum.


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