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"Today I am
what I always
aspired to be

Safia lives with her family in New Ashok Nagar slum in Delhi. She has three other sisters and is the eldest one among them. Her father works as casual labour and now finds it very difficult to support a family of six. When the Swabhiman programme started its intervention in New Ashok Nagar, Safia was one of the most enthusiastic participants of the adolescent activities. Her passion and enthusiasm to do well and create an individual identity for herself motivated her to actively get involved in development initiatives of Swabhiman in that community and soon she was appointed as a Swabhiman Health Volunteer for the community. She was engaged in these activities and was parallely

 

studying. But owing to a bad financial crisis of her family, she had to pull out of her the course that she was pursuing.

Safia’s dream was to become a nurse, and when she had to stop pursuing her course she realized that her dream was slipping away. This was when Smile came into the picture and saved Safia from crushing her own dreams. Smile facilitated Safia’s education through Swabhiman programme. She was also sent to Mumbai as a participant in a personality development show on Doordarshan. She returned from the show, full of high spirits and confidence, and wanted to pursue her dreams with a new vigour. She has finished her nursing course and is currently working for a private nursing home.

“Today I am what I always aspired to be. Now I want my sisters to pursue higher studies and fetch their own dreams”, says Safia. She is now willing to also serve the people of her own community through the mobile medical unit of Swabhiman programme.

Sufi Music at ABES


Smile Foundation in association with ABES College of Engineering,

 

 

Ghaziabad organized a live music show at Auditorium of ABES College of Engineering on January 26, 2011. An upcoming band performed Sufi music during the show which was meant for the empowerment of girl child.

The fun-raised from the event will be used for developmental activities of Smile Foundation.

Around 300 people participated in the show to enjoy the Sufi music and thereby contributing the cause of girl child. Many volunteers from Jamia, Amity and Oxford from Delhi & NCR and Bangalore supported the event through participation and taking job responsibilities during the event. CNEB associated with Smile as media partner for the show, renowned publication Dainik Jagran as the print partner and Salaam Namaste as the radio partner.

 


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Child Health Congress

Smile Foundation participated in the Child Health Congress as a social partner and played a prominent role in activities pertaining to health, children and girl child. For the congress, Smile exhibited a lot of matter, such as, clay craft and posters - donated by the Delhi College of Arts, emphasizing importance of educating the girl child. These posters and artifacts were highly praised and appreciated by the visitors. A game was also organized for the people visiting the exhibition, with the purpose of educating them on various social problems that women and girls face such as Eve-Teasing, Dowry, Early Marriage, Rape, HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, Prostitution, etc. This game successfully engaged many people who appreciated it highly when they finished playing it. All the visitors also signed pledges for Smile Foundation in the exhibition.

 

Empowerment through fashion

A workshop in association with Kapowow fashion studio was organized for young girl beneficiaries of Smile. These girls were trained in preparing fashionable necklines for various outfits designed and tailored in the fashion studio. These workshops continued for 2 months continuously.

Kapowow offered financial incentives also to these girls. 4 girls out of 10 who were given this training have been employed by the studio itself; they are now regularly engaged with the studio and earn well through their tailoring work. For the others, this has certainly paved a way for their economic empowerment for the future, by giving them an alternative method to earn a livelihood.

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Swabhiman completed 5 years of its journey and has now moved to its second phase with focus on four components namely – sensitization of the privileged youth towards the issue of empowerment of girl child; achieving excellence in education for underprivileged girls; community based health and educational interventions for girls and women; and aligning with like-minded bodies and institutions for the cause. Between November 2010 and February 2011, twelve major advocacy events were organized. At the community level, 285 meetings with women, 61 meetings with adolescent girls and 56 meetings with pregnant women were conducted by Swabhiman’s Community Educators and Health Volunteers in which 1714 women in the reproductive age group, 366 adolescent girls and 216 pregnant women were sensitized and counseled on reproductive health and life skills education. On the educational front, apart from the 32 girls whose education is being covered completely under the Shinnyo-Smile scholarship programme, 100 more girls were given educational support under the programme.

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