Smile Foundation, supported by Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), initiated an integrated development project to provide education and healthcare services in Auriya district of Uttar Pradesh.
The programme covers remedial education and academic support projects for village children in the age group of 6-16 years, computer literacy for children and Smile Health Camps for providing curative, preventive, promotive and referral healthcare services in the villages. Community mobilization and sensitization activities on vital social issues like education, health, female foeticide and women empowerment are an integral part of the project.
The villages of Vaisundhera, Kanno, Khanpur and Pata are covered under the intervention.
The programme was formally inaugurated at Vaisundhera village in the presence of Mr. M.D. Gohil, Executive Director, GAIL, Mr. A.C. Pandey, G.M. Finance, Mr. Arun Kumar Srivastava, G.M. HR, Mr. Pradosh Bhardwaj, Sr. Manager HR & CSR GAIL, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, COO, Smile Foundation and Mr. Satnam Singh, Chief Manager, Smile Foundation.
Village pradhans (heads), around 300 villagers, representatives from education department, teachers and principals of local government schools also graced the occasion.
Community participation is part of the strategy to ensure quality education under the programme.