Deutsche Bank AG joined hands with Smile Foundation to provide healthcare services through Smile on Wheels project at 5 locations namely Surat, Ahmedabad, Ludhiana, Kolkata and Mumbai. The project is making healthcare services accessible at the doorsteps of families living in slumps at these locations. Powered with a team of qualified doctor, nurse, pharmacist, driver and a group of volunteers, the project has benefitted approx. 204025 beneficiaries till date and continues to provide support across all the locations.
Deutsche Bank AG is a German global banking and financial services company, with its headquarters in the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers in Frankfurt. It has more than 100,000 employees in over 70 countries, and has a large presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the emerging markets. As of June 2017 Deutsche Bank is the 16th largest bank in the world by total assets. In 2009, Deutsche Bank was the largest foreign exchange dealer in the world with a market share of 21 percent. The company was a component of the STOXX Europe 50 stock market index until being replaced on that index in August 2016.
‘I have never seen what a mother is like. She passed away when I was just four months old. I always cried whenever I saw other mothers feeding their children. And I often thought – Why me? And then, my baba would console me. He said that my tears would trouble my mother’s soul. Throughout life, baba tried his best to fill that emptiness in my life. He worked hard to ensure that I go to school, cooked food for me and showered all his love and care. One day, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He would cough day and night, grew weaker and stopped eating at all. I still remember the day when he coughed up blood and I fainted looking at him. I started fearing again – what if I lose baba too?
With the timely intervention of Doctor Didi from Smile van, he is now recovering. Just a few days ago, he whispered in my ears, ‘Don’t worry beta, I’m here for you, and in no hurry to meet your mother in heaven!’
(Smile on Wheels project in Ludhiana provides free health services at the doorsteps of families in 20 urban slums in the city.)