Spring Issue - 2018

Smile Foundation

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ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE THE SAME - tHE dALAi Lama

It was a sight to behold as hundreds of children cutting across socio-economic strata gathered to seek the blessings of world humanitarian icon His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Delhi. This happened at the inaugural session of Smile Foundation’s special initiative “The World of Children – Seeing the world through their eyes” that aims to bring together privileged and underprivileged children on one platform and encourage them to build a better world. His Holiness spread the message of peace, compassion, kindness and universal responsibility among the children, leaving them inspired with his wise words.

Here are a few gems from the session:

“In any society there is huge gap between rich and poor. And the poor people are always left behind. It is very sad. We are all same human beings. If you go to a brain specialist and ask him the difference between two brains he will say there is no difference. People will say you are backward, you cannot learn, you cannot become of the same level. But it is only a question of opportunity. When we get the opportunity

Promoting Healthy Living Practices In Ludhiana Slums

Promoting Healthy Living Practices In Ludhiana Slums

Today in many of the slums and villages in Ludhiana, the sight of children and their families crowded around a big green and yellow vehicle on a hot summer or a cold winter day is not unfamiliar. This vehicle is Smile Foundation’s Smile on Wheels mobile hospital that provides free healthcare to children and their families at their doorsteps.

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I have never been to school, neither did their mother – but I know – Education changes lives

I was an orphan – I struggled like an animal since I was a child. I begged for food, I carried bricks at construction sites – I did all kind of odd and small jobs to survive in this world. I was no one for anybody. I suffered from lack of food, lack of love, and lack of a home. I grew up vulnerably, with emptiness killing me from inside. I stopped smiling, dreaming and hoping. For everyone, I was just a homeless labourer – until I met Salma – another orphan who worked at the same construction site. She used to forcefully talk to me. I started talking to her too;

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I have never been to school, neither did their mother – but I know – Education changes lives
A Dream Fuelled: Change Unfolds In Bhaktharahalli Village, Karnataka

A Dream Fuelled: Change Unfolds In Bhaktharahalli Village, Karnataka

Just 60 kilometres away from the bustling city of Bengaluru is the little known village of Bhaktharahalli which cuts a very different picture from its neighbouring metropolitan. Bad, broken down roads and limited transport facilities make even the most basic amenities inaccessible for the villagers.

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