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SKILLED WORKFORCE. dignified livelihood


million children in India are currently out of school


children are at risk of acute


school going children have dropped out


of girls do not get past 10 years of school


million children in India are engaged in child labour




Courses Module

How we work



Livelihood Skills Training (3/4 months)

Industry Exposure

Career Counseling

Placement Support

Post-Placement Support

Impact 2022-23


youth were trained, 6400+ were placed


enrollees qualified to receive the STeP certification


painters were upskilled in 24 cities across India


career counseling sessions & industry exposure visits

Impact so far


youth trained


enrollees received
STeP certification


were placed in
200 brands


youth placed


career counselling
session organized


exposure visits


employment partners


employee engagement
programmes held


were Girls

employment partners

iTrain on Wheels

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving professional landscape, upskilling has become crucial for employees and workers to remain competitive and advance in their careers.

Since 2021, Berger Paints has joined hands with Smile Foundation through their CSR initiative to support the iTrain on Wheels programme, aimed at enhancing the painting skills of local painters. This project aims to provide painters across India with specialized training in various techniques, empowering them for more diverse employment opportunities and elevating their overall quality of life.

iTrain on Wheels serves as a platform for painters to acquire new skills and improve their existing ones. The ultimate goal is to improve their livelihoods and create a positive impact on their overall well-being.

reach & PRESENCE











My childhood was not about balloons, toy cars or kites. In the last days of every month, we usually had no money.


Knowing that my care, touch, and time can help a patient make it through the night is one of most rewarding feelings


If you lost a little weight, you would look so beautiful; for a girl, it’s important – don’t you want to get married to a

csr partners

changes that inspire us


Celebrating Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as National Youth Day

We celebrate 12 January as National Youth Day in India.

India’s Brain Drain: Are We Doing Enough for Our Super Talented?

When you think of Indians abroad, you probably think of names like

Preparing the Youth for India’s 5 Trillion Economy Goal

India is confidently marching towards its ambitious goal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Smile Foundation is a national-level NGO working in the areas of child education, women empowerment, healthcare, and livelihood training and employment.

Although Smile Foundation has many livelihood projects under its livelihood skill development programme, STeP initiative, it is not only a livelihood foundation. It also works in the area of child education, women empowerment, and healthcare for urban slums and remote populations.

That they should adequately skill the youth from underserved communities of the country. STeP, our livelihood skill training programme with its six different course modules is one of the best in the country.

India has the youngest demographic in the world. With its young population looking forward to joining the workforce, skilling is important for potential employers to take a deep interest in them and provide them employment. CSR projects related to livelihood are the need of the hour for empowering the youth.

Many of our projects fall under CSR activities but individual donations do contribute to the operations of our programmes.

Corporate social responsibility is important for socially conscious brands who want to share a part of their profits for the welfare and development of the underserved.



“My childhood was not about balloons, toy cars or kites. In the last days of every month, we usually had no money. My father works as a helper in a factory and his struggle to feed five stomachs in the family was always tough. We slept on a bed that was prepared by arranging bricks in a row. My parents always fed us rice from their portion, so that our stomachs stay full. We live in a slum where people do not get enough food to eat and enough place to sleep. But our sleep was always peaceful in the limited space, and we never felt hungry after eating from a shared bowl. The saddest day in my life was when I had to drop out from school because of lack of money. Seeing me crying, my mother said, “Put your trust in God, and when God destines something to happen, it will.” Today, I have a job through which I am supporting my family. We are not defeated when we lose. We are defeated when we quit.”

(Geeta was identified and trained on employability skills under Smile Foundation’s livelihood programme STeP and has been placed in a Multi-Specialty Hospital in New Delhi.)


“Knowing that my care, touch, voice, and time can help a patient make it through the night is one of the most rewarding feelings. Being with people at what is sometimes the worst moments of their lives is a privilege I take very seriously. One of the most profound moments in my nursing career was caring for a woman post-stroke. She was left side flaccid, very depressed, and not adjusting to her new normal. She would not participate in therapies.

I sat, held her hand, and spoke with her as she remained silent. I told her gently that she couldn’t go back, and she had a choice to stay stuck where she was, mind and spirit, or move with intention forward and learn how to use her new body in new and different ways.

She and her husband apparently sought me out for weeks after she finished rehab—and they finally showed up one day again when I was working.

“Watch this,” her husband said.

She was so incredibly proud to show me that she could move her left hand’s fingers, something she could not do when I was caring for her right after the stroke.

They both thanked me for my love, care, and words; it was the spark of love and life out of the depths of darkness that they both were searching for. Everyone, including me, was in tears. Joy.”


Dipti was trained on employability skills and patient care under Smile Foundation’s Smile Twin e-learning Programme (STeP). She is now a GDA healthcare worker at a Super Speciality Hospital in Kolkata.


“If you lost a little weight, you would look so beautiful; for a girl, it’s important – don’t you want to get married to a good boy? These are the things that I have grown up hearing. Ever since I was a child, I saw my mother and father work hard to get me an education. People would often taunt them about my weight. They would make fun of me and say that we were already poor, and now they would also have to worry about extra dowry to marry me off. My parents always ignored all this, and told me to concentrate on my studies. But it started affecting my self confidence.

After Class 10th, I had to drop out of school because of financial difficulties. By then I felt completely dejected. I started believing that even education could not change anything for me. As the years passed, even though mother and father never complained, I realized that I was only becoming an additional burden on my parents. I felt useless and thought that not having completed school; I would never get a job and be able to support my family.

That was a year ago. Today I am working with Ola Taxi Drivers Association and adding to my parents’ income. I have also decided to continue my education through open school. With my first salary, I took out my parents for lunch at a city restaurant – something they had never done before.

I still struggle with my image every day but I know it is work in progress, and I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish.” (Sarita was trained under our livelihood initiative Smile Twin e-Learning Programme STeP last year. We wish her all the best for her future.)

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1. As and when the need arises, Smile Foundation may alter its privacy policy in accordance with the latest technology and trends. It will provide you with timely notice of these changes. The users may reach out to Smile Foundation if they have any queries about any changes made to its practices.

2. If you have any questions at all about Smile Foundation’s privacy policy, please write to us at: [email protected]

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Welcome to this web-site of SMILE FOUNDATION. We make public our policy on refund and cancellation of donations received for the social cause on payment gateway as under:-

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  • If any in-kind support received by the donor from any where the material will be reached to the poorest of the poorer communities.
  • Once received the donation for a cause will not be refunded to the donor. No cancellation to be made. The donation will be used for the community development, children education or women’s empowerment.
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Supplementing & In Alignment with Government Initiatives


Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
National Education Policy
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao
Digital India


Skill India
Enhancing Formal Skilling


National Rural Health Mission
Universal Health Coverage
National Digital Health Mission
Promotion of Govt. Health Schemes


Anaemia Mukt Bharat
Poshan Abhiyan
Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
Anganwadi Strengthening