We all know the importance of literacy worldwide and how it can accelerate the development of our society.
Let’s first understand what is literacy?
Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows you to communicate effectively. The power of literacy lies not just in the ability to read and write, but rather in a person’s capacity to apply these skills to effectively connect, interpret and discern the intricacies of the world in which they live.
On this 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day, let’s talk about a NGO that’s doing an incredible job with their ongoing projects in Mumbai on the same – Mumbai Smiles.
In Balwadi which is their pre-school centers project, they take care of children in age groups of 1-6 years, making sure they understand the alphabets, learn about colors, fruits,birds, learn poems, sing, dance, play sports, so there is overall personality development. Mumbai Smiles also takes care of their nutritional needs by providing them with healthy snacks everyday as well as have dedicated health camps for them. They run 30 centres in slums of Marol, Powai and surrounding areas with 31 kids in each one of them.
Additionally, women from these slum communities are being trained to work as their teachers in these Balwadis and create awareness for the need for such places in the slums so that more people send their kids here.
Mumbai Smiles was started more than a decade ago with a wish to eradicate the problem of poverty in Mumbai slums, the urban centers of disadvantaged and underprivileged communities and education became their score soon.
With their sheer dedication and hardwork more than 3000 kids have benefited from our Balwadi project.
Their second educational project is Future Smiles where they take care of needy and ambitious youth in 13-22 age group by providing them mentoring, counselling, scholarships. More than 500 youth have benefited so far and they ensure that the meritorious from disadvantaged backgrounds also get an opportunity to enroll in professional courses rather than being left out due to paucity of funds.
Mumbai Smiles is that dream which has been supported by their partners, collaborators and volunteers. On this International Literacy Day, it would be such a great support if we from Mumbai or any where else can join hands with their activities and help, whether by collaboration on an institutional level or on a personal level, by donating or by volunteering your time or by visiting their Balwadis and witnessing the ongoing work.
Their aim is ensuring that literacy and education become a right for everyone and are not a luxury for few and would help from any and all quarters possible.
In today’s time it’s so important to acknowledge the good deeds done, because your one encouraging voice can act as a catalyst to a budding dream of a developed nation, making a better world to live in.