Health Camps in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu
patient gets diagnosed at the health camp |
ealth Camps work as an immediate solution while addressing continued
health issues in remote rural areas. Sometimes healthcare services
are either out of reach or a “health-seeking behaviour”
is below average in such areas.
A series of five intensive health camps were conducted in Nagapattinam
district in Tamil Nadu. Curative, preventive and promotive services
were made available to 1250 people based on their health profiles.
The Mobile Hospital approach under 'Smile on Wheels' is the other
health delivery model of Smile Foundation which takes specialized
services to an identified cluster of unreached villages or urban
slums in an area.
Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) supported Smile Foundation
for the first series of tailor-made health camps in Nagapattinam.
programme for STeP trainers
A three-day 'Training of
Trainers' programme was conducted in New Delhi under Smile Twin
e-Learning Programme (STeP). Titled 'English & Information
Technology,' the session focused on augmenting teaching and training
skills on both the above mentioned subjects.
Three resource persons each for English and IT conducted the
programme wherein 19 English trainers and 17 IT trainers from
select STeP centres across India participated.
The training programme was organized with support from Wilde
Smile Foundation conducts training and capacity building programmes
for teachers and trainers regularly to keep them updated with
latest developments in their knowledge and skill areas and help
them develop effective pedagogical techniques.
team poses for a group photo at the training
Hub' at ME centre in Mumbai
at 'Humanity Hub' at Mission Education Centre |
Education centre run by Sparsh Charitable Trust in Mumbai, organized
an innovative programme to involve the community in the development
of underprivileged children studying at the centre.
Called 'Humanity Hub', the initiative focused at inculcating a
responsible behaviour in privileged youth towards the less privileged
children. 15 volunteers and 50 children from the centre were part
of the interactive activities during the programme. The volunteers
also served a traditional Gujarati Thali to all the children.
The volunteers pledged to support the kids for a whole year by actively
organizing classes and lessons for them and also gifting them collections
of stories and poems. Smile Foundation believes in engaging the
civil society to be an active participant in the process of development.
from ME centre in Patna form “Bal Sansad”
Aanchal, 11 and class IV
student, was elected Prime Minister and Maya Kumari, 13 and class
VIII student, became Deputy Prime Minister of the Bal Sansad (Children's
Parliament) at Smile Foundation's Mission Education centre in
Other ministers include Ministers for Drinking Water, Arts,
Sanitation, Health, Tree Plantation, Sports, Discipline and Education.
A total of 96 children were candidates for the election fray.
The idea of Bal Sansad was adopted to help the children develop
a basic understanding of parliamentary procedures. This was also
meant to instill democratic values, tolerance and a sense of achievement
in the kids.
The election procedure was hectic with innovative methods like
role play and dramatization being used. Peer groups organized
mock rallies at the classroom level and all the children from
the youngest to the oldest participated with zeal and enthusiasm.
elected members of Bal Sansad
multi-specialty health camps in Barmer, Rajasthan
undergo blood test at the multi-specialty health camp |
multi-specialty health camps were organized at villages Kagau, Bhedana,
Sindaswa Harniyan, Sada, Bhakarpur, Aadel and Ratanpura, in Barmer
district of Rajasthan.
The camps were inaugurated by the respective Village Sarpanch
and officials from Cairn India in the presence of government health
officials like ASHA, ANM and AWW workers and other stakeholders
from the community including school teachers, panchayat members
General physicians, along with a panel of specialists including
paediatrician, gynaecologist, dentist, orthopedic and surgeon, facilitated
the camps. Besides providing curative healthcare, awareness was
spread on important social and health issues through engaging activities
like puppet shows and folk dance and drama.
More than 2200 people availed of the services at the health camps.
Smile Foundation also operates three Smile on Wheels covering 41 remote
villages in Barmer district, which have benefitted more than 50,000
people so far.
volunteers trained on Reproductive and Menstrual Health
A training session was
organized for Swabhiman Health Volunteers (SHVs) and Community
Health Educators (CHEs), on STI/RTI, HIV AIDS and menstrual hygiene
and its relevance for adolescent girls and women in Delhi.
Shabista Khan, from Parivar Sewa Sansthan, conducted the workshop,
which was attended by 27 SHVs and CHEs. During the workshop, Shabista
discussed about puberty with the SHVs informing them about the
physical changes that take place in an adolescent girl's body.
At the end, the SHVs did role plays in groups to demonstrate their
understanding on the topic.
An animated movie was shown to introduce STI/RTI to the volunteers,
which was followed by another round of role plays. The training
turned out to be extremely informative and beneficial for the
volunteers who had earlier hesitated to talk about these issues,
but are now willing to spread the knowledge in their community.
person demonstrates the dos and don'ts of menstrual hygiene
at doorsteps of the underprivileged in Mumbai
Sinha flags off Smile on Wheels in Mumbai, along with Mr. Vikram
Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation and Mr. Shyamashis Bhattacharya,
Trustee, Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation |
Foundation launched its mobile hospital programme Smile on Wheels
in Mumbai, with the support of Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation.
With specific focus on children and women, the project is taking
curative, preventive and promotive healthcare services to the doorsteps
of people in the areas of Andheri, Malwani, Kalina, Vakhola, Dindoshi,
Khardanda, Behramnagar Khar, Hanuman Takeri and Film City. It is
expected to benefit 10,000 people directly by the year end.
Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha flagged off the project saying,
“Smile on Wheels mobile hospital has proved to be a beautiful
Diwali gift for the deserving communities in Mumbai bringing good
health, survival and hope. I applaude the efforts of Smile Foundation
for bringing best possible healthcare to the doorsteps of those
who need it the most in the city of Mumbai.”
Sonakshi was accompanied by Mr. Vikram
Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation and Mr. Shyamashis Bhattacharya,
Trustee, Shakuntalam Charitable Foundation.
learning for ME kids in Karnataka
engrossed during a digital class of Biology |
Education centre Nava Karnataka, in Bangalore, has introduced digital
classes to help the students learn in a more fun and interesting
way. The classes are intended not as a replacement of, but rather
as complementary to the regular lessons.
The classes will be held on alternate days for Science, Mathematics,
Social Studies and English and will cover special topics in these
subjects. Over 120 students from Class VI to Class VIII will benefit
from these digitally enabled classes.
“Kids are finding it easier to grab things during these sessions,
specially understanding diagrams and experiments through animated
drawings and videos”, said the Science teacher from the centre.
Health Camp in Guna, MP
avail of services at the health camp |
in Bablikheda village, Guna district, MP were asked to take lead
in planning a health camp under Smile Foundation's 'Integrated Education
and Health Project.' A meeting was held with 29 villagers on how,
when and where to conduct the camp. Many other villagers were asked
to volunteer during the camp.
The local administration and media were asked to support the initiative
so that maximum people could benefit from it. The ICDS worker, CDPO
and block coordinator, GAIL officials and public representatives
were part of the community driven one-day camp.
238 people, from newborns to octogenarians, benefited from the
health camp where cases ranged from malnutrition, skin infection
and chronic fever to expecting mothers.
“More than anything else, it was inspiring to see the villagers
take a lead enthusiastically. When everybody becomes an equal and
active partner – community, local government and us –
the result is beyond belief,” says Dr. Santosh Bhargava, Smile
Foundation's Project Officer in Guna.
Awareness session at resettlement colony in Delhi
Young mothers from the community participated
in the interactive workshop with enthusiasm. Eligible infants also received
vaccination during the programme.
street play on immunization in progress |
interactive workshop cum awareness session on Immunization and Vaccination
was conducted in November, at Mochi Colony, Sundernagari; one of
the largest resettlement colonies in Northeast Delhi.
The area is under the coverage of Smile on Wheels mobile hospital
programme. However, creating awareness and health seeking behaviour
is equally important with taking healthcare to the doorsteps so
that people avail of the health services properly.
Street plays were conducted in order to create awareness about
the importance of vaccination and the preventive measures that should
be taken for different diseases like polio, TB, measles, yellow
fever etc. The beneficiaries were also distributed hand bills regarding
information of vaccination according to age.
Programme at ME centre in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
Children from Mission Education
Centre Hriday, at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, gave a special tribute
to their teachers, through a cultural programme on Teachers' Day.
Specially prepared song and dance recitals by the students made
the programme memorable for the teachers.
The highlight of the show was a play presented by the kids on
the importance of education. More than 700 people from the community
gathered at the school premises, to support and encourage the
children to perform better.
Mr. Prakash Das, councillor of Siliguri Municipal Corporation
was the chief guest at the programme, which was highly appreciated
by the community people and the local media.
young girl performs during the cultural function
Foundation gets appreciation from Indian Army
Foundation's project coordinators in Rajasthan receive the appreciation
53 Armoured Regiment, Indian Army presented a certificate of appreciation
to Smile Foundation in Barmer. Project Coordinators Mr. Moolchand
Kheechee and Mr. Sanjay Thakar received the certificate.
“Commandant and All Ranks of 'The 53 Falcons' recognise
Smile Foundation for rendering support and welfare assistance for
veterans and 'veer naris' of the Armed Force. The Regiment places
on record its deepest appreciation and profound thanks,” says
the official citation.
Smile Foundation is operating three Smile on Wheels mobile hospital
projects in the border district of Barmer in Rajasthan, with support
from Cairn India. Barmer is one of the country's 250 most backward
districts and the average distance to the nearest community health
centre is 24kms.
A section of the beneficiaries belonged to Ex-servicemen and veterans.
As a courteous gesture and encouragement, the 53 Armoured Regiment
invited Smile Foundation project coordinators and presented the
token of appreciation.
trainees in Bengaluru get hands-on training at Gopala Mall
Floor Manager explains the intricacies of retail management to STeP
from Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) in Bengaluru, Karnataka
went on a visit to the Gopala Mall in Bengaluru. The day long exposure
visit began with a glance around the mall, discussions with floor
and store managers on how to handle customers and practical sessions
on retail management.
They also gained an insight about the work culture and various
challenges they might face at the work place.
The students will soon be joining various retail and service sector
companies at the end of the 6-month training programme under STeP.
Such visits are an integral part of STeP as practical exposure to
the market scenario gives the youth an extra edge.
on Nutrition for women and young girls
A day long workshop was
conducted on nutrition and healthy eating for adolescent girls
and pregnant women, on November 12.
The workshop was attended by 30 Swabhiman Health Volunteers
(SHVs) and 4 Community Health Educators (CHEs). Identified from
within the community, these volunteers form an important link
in promoting and sustaining health-seeking behaviour in the communities.
Sangeeta Raj, consulting dietician with hospitals like Apollo
and Deepak Memorial, conducted the workshop at Smile Foundation's
office in Delhi. A pre-assessment session was followed by a rigorous
interactive activity on eating patterns of adolescent girls, pregnant
and lactating women. A few easy-to-make recipes for a healthy
and balanced meal were also shared during the session.
person, Sangeeta Raj, guides the young SHVs as they prepare a nutritious
Ashoknagar prevents deaths in diarrhea-hit village
The Smile on Wheels team
providing services in Chanderi block, Ashoknagar, MP, made an
emergency visit to Khera village to provide urgent services as
diarrhea cases started increasing rapidly in the village. Though
Khera village is out of the coverage area of the project, the
team rushed with medicines and injections to Khera in the middle
of the night, to address the critical situation.
One death and two serious cases had already been reported when
the Smile on Wheels team reached Khera. As no health facility
is available in the village, there was no trained medical professional
to take care of the over 200 affected people.
The team got in action and started treating the patients and
distributing ORS pouches. 100 OPDs were conducted and 4 serious
patients were referred to the nearest CHC for further treatment.
The team's efforts were appreciated by Dr. Sikandhar Singh, Chief
Medical and Health Officer, Chanderi, who visited Khera the next
health workers aid in dripping for a serious case
Education project for tribal kids in Burdwan, West Bengal
Roy, Regional Director - CFC, Smile Foundation talks about Mission
Education at the launch |
Mission Education project was inaugurated at Dhobaru Ranisayer,
PO Trilokchandrapur in Burdwan (Bardhaman) district, West Bengal.
The project, being implemented in association with SERVE (Socio
Economic Reforms by Voluntary Efforts) will cater to children from
Faraki Danga, Andhar Suli and Dhobaru Ranisayer villages.
Children from tribal and socially marginalised communities are
getting priority in receiving education and healthcare at the centre
and many of them have become first generation learners in their
families. A child friendly environment is being created. The centre
has also been also been equipped with facilities such as computer
education and latest teaching & learning methods.
The villages are located amidst dense forest and the nearest primary
school is 4 kilometres away. Initially 150 out-of-school children
have been inducted into this new Mission Education centre.
Greaves supports health initiatives in South India
Crompton Greaves Limited
partnered with Smile Foundation to implement a series of health
initiatives in Chennai and Hyderabad. An AIDS Awareness Campaign
was conducted on World AIDS Day in both the cities, which saw
enthusiastic participation and debate from the young and the old.
A Diabetes Health Camp was also organized for the underprivileged,
in association with a Mission Education centre in Hyderabad. Children
from the centre, their parents and others from the community availed
of the services at the health camp. Besides providing medical
services, the camp was intended to spread awareness about the
causes, preventive measures and cures of diabetes.
Crompton Greaves will also be extending support for libraries
at two Mission Education centres in South India under the partnership.
community comes together to take out the awareness rally on World
students in Mumbai visit Amway
students at Amway's corporate office in Mumbai |
from Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) at SHED in Mahakalai,
Mumbai went on an exposure visit to Amway's Andheri office in December.
The students got a practical orientation on payment counter, product
storage, training centre, treatment centre and other facilities.
Ms. Anju from Amway India (HR) oriented the students about the facilities
and functions. Mr. Arjeet Som, Associate Manager, Business Development,
Amway took a training session on 'business skills', followed by
Very soon, after completion of their six month STeP course, the
youth will seek employment in retail, hospitality and service sector
organisations. Industry exposure visits are part of the STeP curriculum
which helps them become market ready.
kids in Damdamia, Tripura adopt healthy habits
kids take their first lesson in maintaining personal hygiene |
practice of hand washing can prevent 80% of illnesses among children.
This is one of the things taught during the health education programme
at Mission Education's JUST centre at Damdamia, in Tripura. The
children are also taught the right technique of hand washing and
brushing their teeth.
The habits of good hygiene can help prevent most of the communicable
diseases like diarrhoea, worm infestations and many skin diseases.
Prevention of such sickness is also important to ensure regular
attendance of the students.
The kids' mothers had already been sensitized about healthy habits
during parent teacher meetings; convincing the children about the
benefits has helped them cooperate with their parents.
The children now insist on collecting their tooth brushes, tooth
paste and soaps from the centre as they like to be 'clean and smart,'
and do not like to 'fall sick.'
on Wheels comes to Ashoknagar, MP
The Smile on Wheels programme
has been initiated in the Ashoknagar district of Madhya Pradesh.
The project was formally inaugurated at a ceremony in Kadbaya
The Union Minister of State for Power, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao
Scindia, flagged off the mobile hospital project and handed over
the key to the community people in a symbolic gesture. More than
5000 people were part of the inauguration ceremony, including
senior officials from Smile Foundation and REC.
Smile on Wheels Ashoknagar is supported by the Rural Electrification
Corporation Limited (REC) and aimed at providing promotive, preventive
and curative healthcare services to the underprivileged populace
in the district, at their doorstep. Currently, the project is
covering 20 villages of the Chanderi block, reaching out to a
population of over 25,000.
Minister of State for Power, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, flags
off the Smile on Wheels project
students get hands-on training in professional skills
Youth from Smile Twin e-Learning
Programme's (STeP) PREM centre in Puri, Odisha went on an exposure
visit to Narayan Marine Tech Pvt. Ltd. They were divided into
groups according to their choice of careers and given practical
exposure cum training on hotel management, food processing, garment
export and hospitality.
Mr. Tuhin Choudhury, Chief Manager of the conglomerate personally
supervised the training cum exposure programme, besides collecting
information on STeP and the students.
Across India, STeP students partook in 32 corporate engagement
programmes and 28 pre-employment industry exposure visits in the
last one year.
So far 13,750 youth from deserving backgrounds have successfully
received employability training at STeP centres across India,
47 % of them being girls.
students watch a demonstration at the manufacturing unit of the conglomerate
Awareness spread through Folk Drama in Barmer
Folk dance artist engages people at an awareness programme |
series of awareness sessions on health issues were conducted at
villages Bhakharpura and Aadel in Barmer, Rajasthan, through interesting
and engaging activities like folk songs, folk dance, drama and puppet
The sessions, facilitated by a team of local folk artists, focused
on the symptoms and preventive measures of seasonal diseases like
common cold and viral fever, as also on vital issues like institutional
delivery, immunization, newborn care and personal hygiene.
Spreading awareness about health issues and promoting a sustainable
health-seeking behaviour in the community is a significant aspect
of the Smile on Wheels programme. Over 200 people benefitted through
these awareness sessions.
Workshop for mothers in Delhi slum
An interactive workshop
on reproductive and child health was organized for women of Shashi
Garden resettlement colony in Delhi. It focused on significant
issues like maternal health, safe delivery, breast feeding, immunization,
ante natal and post natal care.
Women ensure wellbeing of not only the present generation but
also the coming generation, but their own health is rarely taken
care of. Poverty, coupled with lack of education and awareness
about health issues make their situation worse.
Swabhiman addresses this gap by empowering women with adequate
knowledge on issues vital for women and child healthcare.
The workshop was conducted by Ms. Manisha Pal, Professor, Delhi
University and an expert on women healthcare. Charts, demonstrations,
documentaries and slide shows were used to make the session interesting
and engaging for the sixty plus beneficiaries, in the age group
of 18-65 years.
person Manisha Pal makes a demonstration on maternal health
Quiz Competition at ME centre in West Bengal
Kids from Mission Education
centre in West Bengal, being run by Sabuj Sangha, participated
in the Quiz Competition conducted every year by the centre. Eminent
people from the community were invited as judges at the competition.
The Quiz Competition tested the students' knowledge in varied
subjects like literature, cinema, music, science, English, mathematics
and general knowledge. The community people were impressed with
the knowledge and confidence of the children and applauded them.
The competition was also intended to sensitize the local community
about the importance of education.
The centre provides primary education to vulnerable and marginalized
children living in squatter slum colonies on the fringes of Kolkata.
community comes forward to cheer kids during the quiz
Education Centre for Mothers in Guna, MP
and older girls in Bablikheda attend their “classroom”
the children in Chainpura village of Guna district, Madhya Pradesh,
joined Mission Education programme in February this year. The mothers,
majority of whom had never been to school, demanded that they would
need to learn how to write and read. Thus came up the special centre
The news spread to the neighbouring village of Bhumlakhedi, where
the mothers asked for a similar programme. Currently, the second
centre caters to about 30 women. There are no fixed timings as these
women try to juggle farm work and household responsibilities. It
has begun with basic language skills in Hindi and English and simple
Mathematics through a specially formulated lesson plan.
The centre has brought about an improvement in the functional literacy
level among the women as they can now read and write Hindi and English
alphabets and do counting of numbers.
Rehabilitation Project in Uttarakhand
In the aftermath of the
disaster in Uttarakhand which caused uncountable loss of lives,
personal property and public infrastructure, Smile Foundation
has undertaken a Post Disaster Rehabilitation Project in the flood
affected areas, with support from Union Bank of India.
Realizing the need for a long-term strategy to address the healthcare
needs of the affected survivors, a health-based rehabilitation
programme has been designed to provide free health services to
people from 24 villages in Ukimath block.
The interventions include a mobile hospital unit, pathological
labs, medicine depots, static clinics with proper infrastructure,
strengthening and effective utilization of the existing healthcare
facilities and promoting a health seeking behaviour.
“We are thankful for the urgency shown by Smile Foundation
in conducting the relief work in June. We appreciate the ongoing
service being rendered for the people” - said a signed message
by Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Mr. Vijay Bahuguna, in appreciation
of the project.
Singh, Chief Manager – Outreach, Smile Foundation, leads the
base-line survey at an affected village
Jayanti celebrated at ME centre in Assam
Children, along with their
parents and teachers, from Mission Education centre at Hafiznagar
in Assam came together to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti.
The children paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi, by singing the song
'Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram'. A cleanliness drive was also organised
in and around the centre which saw enthusiastic participation
from the kids.
Later in the day, the Lions and the Lioness Club of Guwahati organised
an 'Aahar Seva' for the children. The students presented self-written
poems and articles on Mahatma Gandhi before the guests. This was
followed by a community lunch served to all the children from
the centre and the residents of Hafiznagar slum area, covering
a total of 300 people.
enjoy their lunch as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at the
kids from Pune participate in Sports Meet
take part in sack race at the Sports Meet |
from Mission Education centre in Pune, run by Sevadham Trust, participated
in a unique Sports Meet organized by Concern India Foundation at
Sanas Grounds. The event brought together underprivileged children
from various organizations.
25 children were selected through trials conducted at the centre
in different athletic sports. At the Meet, they participated in
races, long jump and shot put tournaments. The kids were also given
sports shoes, T-shirts and refreshment during the meet.
The event was intended to inculcate team spirit and sportsmanship
in the children and also promote outdoor sports and physical exercise
for their good health. At Mission Education centres, education is
not limited to the classroom; rather the holistic development of
the children is aimed at.
Education and Health Programme launched in Auriya, UP
Smile Foundation launched
an integrated development project to provide education and healthcare
services to the underprivileged in Auriya district of Uttar Pradesh.
The villages of Vaisundhera, Kanno, Khanpur and Pata are covered
under the intervention.
The programme will provide remedial education, academic support
and computer literacy to village children in the age group of
It will also organize Smile Health Camps for providing curative,
preventive, promotive and referral healthcare services in the
villages. Community mobilization and sensitization activities
on issues like education, health, female foeticide and women empowerment
will be an integral part of the project.
The project was formally inaugurated at Vaisundhera village in
the presence of GAIL officials – Mr. M.D. Gohil, Executive
Director; Mr. A.C. Pandey, GM-Finance; Mr. Arun Kumar Srivastava,
GM-HR; Mr. Pradosh Bhardwaj, Sr. Manager HR and CSR, and representatives
from Smile Foundation – Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO and
Mr. Satnam Singh, Chief Manager.
programme team interacts with villagers during the launch ceremony
Forbes hires STeP students from Delhi
L. P. Joshi interviews a STeP trainee at the centre |
Employer Engagement programme was conducted at a Smile Twin e-Learning
Programme (STeP) centre in New Delhi with Eureka Forbes. A team
led by Mr. L. P. Joshi, Eureka Forbes Regional Head (HR), gave a
presentation on the company's HR policies, recruitment processes,
job profiles, salary packages, incentives and career growth.
Twenty youth from the centre opted for the orientation cum interview
programme and half of them were selected as trainees with Eureka
STeP is a national level employability initiative from Smile Foundation
which trains youth from under-served backgrounds through a tailor-made
six-month course and helps them find dignified employment in service
and retail sectors.
So far, 13,750 youth have been trained under the programme across
India with a majority of them transforming into first generation
workers in the organised sectors.
Awareness rally by students in Guna
Children from Mission Education
centre at Padarkhedi village, in Guna district of MP, took out
a rally in the village to spread awareness about the importance
of education. The rally was taken out to encourage parents to
send their children to school.
These student-driven rallies have become an integral part of the
Community Education and Health project being run at five villages
– Ahmedapur, Bablikheda, Padarkhedi, Chainpura and Bhumlakhedi
in the Guna district.
Initiated a year ago to spread awareness about the education
project, the movement has since been joined by students at the
centre to bring their non-school going friends to school.
Besides leading to high enrolments, the awareness rally by students
also helps with higher attendance, a lower drop-out rate and active
involvement of parents in their kids' studies.
begin their rally in full force from the Mission Education centre
trains STeP students in Budge Budge
Tanveer, Relationship Manager, ivolunteer gives handy tips to the
centre Bitan in Budge Budge, West Bengal organized a career counselling
cum employer engagement programme for students, with I Volunteer,
during the Joy of Giving Week. iVolunteer provides career counselling
to youth, while also engaging them as volunteers with various organizations.
Mr. Tanveer, Relationship Manager, iVolunteer, conducted a training
session on Livelihood Development with the students. He shared some
handy tips on facing interviews and gave them some basic lessons
in courtesy, personality development and body language.
The youth were attentive and engaged throughout the session and
came up with many questions at the end, which were patiently answered
by Mr. Tanveer. 40 youth from the centre were part of the counselling
Health Clinic for underprivileged women in Delhi
A Mobile Health Clinic
has been introduced under Swabhiman programme in Delhi. The initiative,
supported by Wild Ganzen, will cater particularly to women and
young girls, from three of the programme's intervention communities
- Shri Ram J. J. Camp, New Ashoknagar and Chhattarpur Pahari.
Women ensure wellbeing of not only the present generation but
also the coming generation. But unfortunately when it comes to
healthcare, they come at the bottom of the pyramid. Poverty, coupled
with lack of education and awareness about health issues make
their situation only worse.
Swabhiman has been conducting interactive workshops on health
issues with women to inculcate a health seeking behaviour, and
now with the health clinic, their health needs are being directly
met, at their doorsteps.
The health clinic is expected to cover a population of 100,000.
It will provide not only preventive and curative, but also referral
and counseling services to the beneficiaries.
and children line up for check up outside the newly launched health
from J.H. Tarapore School, Jamshedpur help bridge the gap
Tarapore students with Smile kids at the centre |
from J. H. Tarapore School are on a mission to help their new found
friends reinvent childhood and create interest in studies. Their
friends are 30 homeless children between 6 and 16 years who have
till recently been wandering around Tatanagar railway platforms.
Now inducted at Mission Education centre at Sakchi, Jharkhand,
run in association with YMCA Jamshedpur, most of the children are
either orphans, abandoned or runaways from Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha
and West Bengal.
With good habits, study, care and inviting privileged citizens as
'foster parents,' the children have started dreaming about making
an identity for themselves. Children from leading schools of the
steel city pay a visit some time or take them out, which is making
them grow more compassionate and wanted.
drivers covered under SoW in Delhi
The Smile on Wheels mobile
hospital project being run in collaboration with St. Stephen's
Hospital in Delhi has now extended its services to cover auto-rickshaw
and taxi drivers in outer Delhi and NCR. These drivers are usually
the sole bread winners in the family and stay away from regular
healthcare or even awareness owing to the nature of their work.
The mobile hospital unit visits designated CNG gas stations
such as Jail Road and Vaishali (Ghaziabad) that are frequented
by such drivers.
Early this year, this Smile on Wheels project had also included
children from Govt. schools in North and East Delhi, by collaborating
with Delhi Govt.'s Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana.
As a major focus, the project has been covering the homeless,
slum dwellers, migrants, daily wage earners and rickshaw pullers
in clusters like Yamuna Pushta, Mansarovar Park, Rani Garden,
Kalyanvas, Mori Gate, Motia Khan, Majnu Ka Tila, Shastri Nagar,
Dilshad Garden, Shastri Park, and Nand Nagri.
demonstration in progress at an IGL station in Delhi
kids in Kolkata visit Eco Park
have fun during the picnic |
from Mission Education centre in Kolkata went on a day out at the
Eco Park, Rajarhat. They spent the day sightseeing, playing games,
eating out and having fun and frolic. Soroptimist International
of South Kolkata sponsored the trip.
The centre is supporting 300 children under Mission Education
programme, in the form of quality education, basic healthcare and
a well designed mid-day meal and nutrition programme run through
its own kitchen.
The children, who were either vulnerable on the streets of Kolkata
or too deprived to attend school, are now dreaming of a future of
their own; their resilience and optimism have become a source of
motivation for their mentors and teachers.