Lives of Kolkata Slum Children
Number of beneficiaries
Smile Foundation has brought our school under the umbrella
of a unique discipline and fellow feelings.
Our joy knew no bounds as we understand that there
is nothing more blissful for a school where the children come
on their own wish.
We very much desire to walk with you in the coming
days and also hope that we will get your guidance and assistance
in the days to come."
MS. Shimanti Das
Joyjeet Das Memorial School
A Project under Schools of the World (Kolkata)
we have been continuously wading through trials and
tribulations, trying ever to steady the boat of our
dear initiative we have a close contact with Smile Foundation.
For us, this was god-send.
We are convinced
sans an iota of doubt that SMILE is there to help whoever
is working for the growth, prosperity and happiness
of the children who are at disadvantaged situation."
Schools of the World [Kolkata]
Name of the Reporting Officer: Ms. Sakuntala
Designation: Project Coordinator
Students Progress Sheet (Sample)
Smile’s ideology, ‘Educate
the child – Change the society’ finds full endorsement
in this initiative titled – Educating Child to Transform,
targeted at downtrodden and deprived children from the slums of
Kalabagan, Borobagan, Khas Mahal, Bristipara, Jhorobasti and Hoglapara
in Tollygunge area of Kolkatta in West Bengal.
About the Partner
Ms. Shimanti Das, Ex headmistress of St. Francis
Xavier’s School, Kolkata and founder of non-profit voluntary
organization, ‘The Schools of World - Kolkata’ is the
force behind the initiative.
The school is located in a deprived community,
who belong to the lowest rung of society comprising of vendors,
porters, sweepers, rickshaw pullers, daily labourers, hawkers. Children
from these families lead a carefree life spending the day wandering
about streets and market places, and odd places sometimes looking
for a job or fending for themselves by means of antisocial activities.
The initiative aims to transform
the lives of such children by empowering them with the tool called
Special Focus & Objectives
• Establish a non formal education centre
for providing quality education to the deprived / underprivileged
children & address the nutritional & other health care needs
through monthly health camps
• To provide Remedial
and Counseling support to school going children. This will be ensured
through remedial counseling to the children and sensitization programme
for parents as a follow up of activities
• To provide Life Skill
Education on weekly basis on issues like personality development,
confidence building, behavior & etiquette, health & hygiene,
reproductive health, values, good habits, & social
concerns, & other related issues
• To increase participation
and awareness of local / community people, regarding issues related
to rights of children
• Organizing Community
Level Awareness programs on Education, Health, & social issues
• To increase enrollment
& retention rates in the non formal education centers in the
• Mainstreaming children
of the centers into formal schools after 1 year of intervention
About the Project and Major Activities
One non formal educational
centre is running in the community in 2 shifts. English, Hindi or
Bengali, Mathematics, Social Studies and General Knowledge form
the main subjects of curriculum. Group discussions and sessions
with the community and parents help children understand issues like
their rights and duties better.
Health Care Facilities
Quarterly health check up of
all the children under the project and the women from the slums
ensures a sense of well being among the children and their parents,
thereby ensuring a better focus of children on education.
All the children under the
project are provided with supplementary nutrition regularly to help
them cope with the problem of malnutrition. Hence, most of the children
under the project enjoy good health.
Life Skill Education
Children under the project
are being trained on vital aspects of personality development like
behaviour and etiquette, hygiene, reproductive health, good values
and habits, social concerns. They are also being given training
on art, craft, dance and drama through workshops and cultural programmes
A special annual scholarship
of Rs 1500 has been instituted by Smile Foundation for 3 most outstanding
students who are going to be mainstreamed into formal schools.