WOMEN EMPOWERMENT FOR NATION BUILDING

WHY WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

WHAT WE DO

our intervention

impact on ground

72,000+

women & adolescent girls empowered

1000+

change agents, peer educators, community health volunteers

changes that inspire us

STORIES OF CHANGE

MAMPI

Like many in my community, we depend solely on my father’s earnings. He is a daily wage earner and works in a marble factory.

ANAM

Education is sacred for us. Many of our parents haven’t stepped in a school. Hundreds of boys and girls who starve

MILI

There are many girls in my locality who have never got a chance to go to school. When your family struggles for basic needs 

UPDATES

Exposure visit conducted for Swabhiman Scholars

An exposure visit1 was organized for Swabhiman scholars on the 

Group meeting for men conducted under Swabhiman programme

A meeting of the male members of the society

Self defense workshop conducted for girls

A self defense training camp was conducted for the girls of Shri Ram

MAMPI

“Like many in my community, we depend solely on my father’s earnings. He is a daily wage earner and works in a marble factory. We live in a rented accommodation and the rent is so high, that it leaves very little to meet monthly expenses let alone pay for schooling. During the lockdown, he was not paid for a few months as everything had shut down. When things got a little better, he got his job back. But it is still not easy to meet daily needs. Just living is expensive.

 

The pandemic has taught us to see the world differently! And become a little more stronger from within.”

Mampi Das

-Mampi is a recipient of Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman Scholarship to pursue higher education.

Anam

“Education is sacred for us. Many of our parents haven’t stepped in a school. Hundreds of boys and girls who starve for knowledge, struggle through many hardships and challenges. But they do not want to give up on learning.

I feel every child in my slum deserves a chance to grow up, be able to read and write, and become doctors, engineers and teachers. Every evening, after my college, I teach students who are first in their families to be getting an education. I just want to give these children all the knowledge that I have by teaching them the way I was taught by my hard-working teachers.”

-Anam

(Anam has received merit-based scholarship under Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman programme to pursue higher studies. We congratulate her and thank her for choosing to teach children in her locality.)

MILI

There are many girls in my locality who have never got a chance to go to school. When your family struggles for basic needs every day, education no more remains a priority. This was my story too. I, along with my siblings, spent most of my time at home. When my parents learnt about a free school in the locality, they enrolled all of us there. Truly, I had no interest in studies. I ignored the lessons taught and often skipped classes. Regardless of all these, my teachers never gave up on me.

They started giving me responsibilities – made me participate in all kinds of co-curricular activities and made me organise school events. I never knew when it happened, but I started to enjoy being at school and started to enjoy learning. When I was ranked among the highest scorers in class 8, my parents were the happiest! I am currently pursuing my graduation and hope to make my parents and teachers even more proud with my endeavours.”

Mili

(Mili is a recipient of Smile Foundation’s Swabhiman Scholarship, that is helping her continue her education.)