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Smile Foundation takes 'local initiatives' to Kenya

Miss Shilpi Singh represented Smile Foundation at a three- day workshop on 'civic driven changes' organised at Limuru in Kenya. The workshop was organised by 'Together for Change Alliance', a consortium of four Dutch development organisations. Apart from discussion on local initiatives, case studies on successful community involvement were presented by the Smile Foundation representative. The role of donor agencies and the implementing partners in civic driven changes were also highlighted. The workshop helped in developing an understanding on the involvement of people at large in the development process to address the issues of poverty & human rights.


100% placement in STeP Noida centre

With Noida gradually emerging as a major employment hub of the country, many leading companies like Idea Cellular, Spice BPO and popular fast food joints like Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, etc. came forward to employ the students who completed training from the Noida centre. The various employment engagement activities organised for the students at the centre helped to develop their soft skills and added significantly to their personality development. The career counseling sessions were very helpful for the students to perform well during the job interviews. A total of 369 students among 495 who were trained across the 56 centres in 41 cities of the country between January and March this year were successfully placed. Fab India, Cross Word, Shoppers Stop, Pantaloons, Max New York Life Insurance, Pizza Hut etc. have found the course content suitable for employing the students after completing the STeP course.

 

'Balika Vadhu' campaigns for child Education

An e-mail campaign endorsed by Avika Gaur, the famous child actress in lead role (Anandi) of a very popular Indian TV serial on child marriage and her wish to study - 'Balika Vadhu' was sent to 2 Lac people (High Net Worth Individuals and youth) across India. Colors Television, which airs the serial supported the campaign. Right to Education (RTE) has come into force from April 1, 2010. Indian children have the right to free and compulsory education. More than half of total child population in the country (59 mn) in the age group of 6 to 14 years does not go to school. Under “Be The Change” campaign, many other direct mailers on issues concerning child rights were sent to around 40,000 people (HNIs and intellectuals) across the country.