Smile Foundation is a non-profit organisation, having its head office in New Delhi, India. It was established in the year 2002. The organisation has presence across 25 states with over 3,00,000 beneficiaries catered through four thematic area of Education , Livelihood, Women Empowerment & Health of the underprivileged. Addressing the areas of education of children, healthcare to the poor, livelihood for the youth and empowerment for women, Smile Foundation has evolved as an Education NGO, Livelihood NGO, Medical NGO, as well as NGO for Women Empowerment.
Mission-Smile Foundation is to empower underprivileged children, youth and women through relevant education, innovative healthcare and market-focused livelihood programmes.
Vision-To work as a catalyst in bringing sustainable change, enable the civil society across the world to engage proactively in the change process & adopt highest standards of governance to emerge as a leading knowledge and technology driven, intentional development organization.
About This Cause
Smile Foundation is a national developmental organization registered as an Indian Charitable Trust in 2002 is working for the holistic development of children, youths and women (in the areas of education, health, girl child empowerment and livelihood). Children and youths are the prime focus and their welfare is at the centre stage. Smile Foundation is helping these children and youths to discover alternatives leading to their socio-economic Independence and better health.
1. Mission Education- The Education Programme for Underprivileged Children
Mission Education ensures education of under privileged children from backward rural/urban locations. The program promotes and catalyzes universal education among underprivileged children, create the process to embrace these children into mainstream in a sustained manner, strengthen their abilities to cope up with the formal education system, facilitate them to emerge as productive assets, and set the foundation for nation building. Smile Foundation’s educational initiatives include Pre-school [3-6 yrs], Non Formal Education [6-18 yrs non-school going], Remedial Education [6-18 yrs school going] and Bridge Course [6-14 yrs drop-outs].
3. A. Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP) - The Livelihood Programme for Underprivileged Youth- STeP is the livelihood programme for the underprivileged youth, wherein the youth are given training on key employability skills like English proficiency, computer operations, personality development, etc. with the objective of helping them get a job in the growing retail and service sector. At present there are 29 STeP centers located in 12 states of India. Approximately 16,469 youth have been trained through STeP centres and more than 11,704 youth have been placed in companies like Café Coffee Day, Westside Stores, ICICI, HDFC, Reliance Retail, Big Bazaar, Spencer, Croma etc
3. SWABHIMAN- A Project on Girl Child & Women Empowerment- Swabhiman is the project on girl child and women empowerment. The programme comprises of sensitizing adolescent girls on gender issues, Life Skill Education (LSE) including communication and negotiation skills. It also aims at providing reproductive and Child Health Services through mobile health clinic for currently married women and adolescents and children. At present the project reaches out to 5 communities which entail 1, 85, 000 beneficiaries.
4. Smile on Wheels (SOW) - A Mobile Medical Unit Smile on Wheels is a national level multi- centric project initiated by Smile Foundation with an objective of providing a comprehensive range of health care services to under-privileged community in outreach, remote rural areas and slums through an equipped mobile medical van. The programme is based on innovative concept of “Community centric sustainable health delivery model.
Awards & Recognition
NGO Leadership & Excellence Awards 2015 by ABP News
Best NGO 2015 (Skill Development) by ASSOCHAM
ICAI CSR Award 2015 for the Best CSR Project in Women Empowerment
Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award 2014 by ABP News
Education Excellence Award 2013 by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ASSOCHAM)
Corporate Excellence Award for NGO Excellence 2013 by IPE (Institute of Public Enterprise)
Quality Initiative Mission Award 2013
Healthcare Leadership Award 2012
GE Healthcare - Modern Medicare Excellence Award
Asia-pacific Child Rights Awards
Barclays Bank Chairman’s Awards
The organisation has two working models: Social Venture philanthropy (SVP) and Outreach.
Social Venture Philanthropy (SVP) is a model based on the business concept of venture capital. Under SVP, the organisation aims to identify, handhold, and build capacities of grassroots NGOs. The prime focus is also on reaching scalability and sustainability of the grass root NGO. In this way, the organisation wants to create a culture of leadership and inculcating accountability among them.
Outreach is the model under which the organisation directly implements development projects for underprivileged communities in villages as well as urban slums across the country. To execute the initiatives directly in target locations, the organisation partners with corporate bodies, Public Sector Units and international development organisations.