Smile Foundation partnered with IIT, New Delhi, for their annual event, Speranza this year. The theme chosen for the fest was “sex-education” and “drug – de addiction”. The Students Welfare Board of IIT formed a core committee who coordinated with Swabhiman – the girl child and women empowerment team of Smile, for the plan of the events. A series of workshops, street plays and mime shows were planned to sensitize the college youth during the fest.
Dr. Aruna Mukim, Member – Film Censor Board and Ms. Reeta Dutta, Chief Public Prosecutor – Tees Hazari Court were invited as special guests for the event. Both the guests shared their experiences and views on the subjects of “sex –education” and “drug-deaddiction”. Both the guests during the event addressed the specific queries of the students. The students were quite thrilled to see the mime shows and street plays which quite effectively conveyed the message that how youngsters falling into bad company become vulnerable to drug addiction. Swabhiman had invited Mahak group to guide its community workers and educators to perform a mime show on the chosen theme.
The workshop sessions were attended by more than 400 students. The event also included a special screening of film Juno adhering to the theme of sex-education. The students were quite keen on the intervention and focus areas of Smile Foundation. This association marked the beginning of Smile’s relationship with IIT and their joint efforts towards the development of children and women.