Being a disaster-prone country, India is highly vulnerable to various types of natural calamities due to
its geographical positioning. According to the National Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of
India, more than 58.6% of the country's landmass is prone to earthquakes and over 12% is prone to
floods; close to 5,700kms out of the 7,516kms long coastline is prone to cyclones and tsunamis; while
68% of its cultivable area is prone to droughts which is why disaster preparedness is of outmost
Disaster risks in India are further compounded by increasing vulnerabilities related to changing
demographics, socio-economic conditions- unplanned urbanization, development within high-risk
zones, environmental degradation, climate change, and epidemics and pandemics. All these factors
have created a situation where disasters seriously threaten the sustainable development of the
country, besides innumerable lives and livelihoods.
Smile Foundation, with its welfare interventions focused on children and their families, responds to
the call of humanity in times of such calamities under its Disaster Response programme through
emergency relief programs. From the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 to the Uttarakhand floods in
2013, Smile Foundation has acted promptly to reach out and respond to the immediate needs of the
disaster affected people, while also maintaining a sustainable approach to help them rebuild their lives
by facilitating their education, healthcare and livelihood.
Some of the calamities during which Smile Foundation has initiated crisis management during disaster are the Tsunami, the Kashmir Earthquake, the Maharashtra floods, the Bihar floods and the Uttarakhand floods.