Mumbai Smiles is an NGO, founded in 2005 by the journalist and writer, Jaume Sanllorente, which focuses its action on the peaceful fight against poverty and for Human Rights in some of the most deprived areas of Asia such as India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The eradication of human trafficking and transformative action through access to education, health and socioeconomic development are the main framework of our projects, which allow the communities that lead them to achieve sustainable changes. From these actions, more than 10,000 people have already benefited, to which we add more than 22,000, during specific emergency actions.
With the aim of addressing the social problem of trafficking, from supporting its victims through prevention, rescue and rehabilitation, the Foundation works together with the most disadvantaged communities so that they can achieve a dignified life, free and with opportunities for the future.
Transform the reality of people vulnerable to trafficking, as well as their families, to promote the empowerment of communities, thus achieving sustainable changes.
A world free of poverty in which all people enjoy freedom, Human Rights and a dignified life.
Our development work is aimed at promoting fair access to opportunities and the full exercise of human freedom universally.
We respect human diversity in all its forms, regardless of origin, nationality, caste, age, political or sexual orientation, religion or gender.
We manage our resources with rigour, relying on transparency and accountability towards our partners, collaborators, donors, beneficiaries, and society in general.
Our work is based on doing what we believe and say, being faithful to the fulfilment of our Mission and Vision, and our work speaks for itself.
Committed to our Mission, we assume the responsibility of working towards its achievement.
We intend to join efforts promoting teamwork and collaboration with other organisations and institutions to enhance synergies and improve the performance of our work.
To induce a real social transformation, we promote participatory mechanisms, integrating the implementation of the projects with all stakeholders.
Motivated by the results of our work, we carry our work with hope, enthusiasm, passion and interest.
The centre of our scope of action is Mumbai, the fifth largest city in the world, which despite being the financial capital of India, has enormous rates of poverty and inequality. Since Mumbai, we have expanded our scope of action in order to more effectively combat one of the main problems affecting this region of Asia: human trafficking.
Thus, in addition to the poorer neighbourhoods of Mumbai and the surrounding rural areas, we work in two other parts of India, such as Kalkata, Goa and Pondicherry.
Mumbai Smiles also works in Nepal and Bangladesh, countries that share a border with India and are points of origin for many of the victims of human trafficking, who end up being exploited in Mumbai and other Indian cities. From these countries we work to prevent and avoid trafficking, raising awareness in communities and strengthening the most vulnerable people, potential victims of this problem.
Bombay tiene una población de casi 22 millones de personas (según “World Population Prospects – United Nations, 2014”) y aproximadamente el 60% vive en slums (según “Harvard South Asian Institute, 2015”) con poco o ningún acceso a servicios y derechos fundamentales como la educación, la vivienda o la salud. La pobreza y la desigualdad tan fieras y extremas, pueden llegar a parecer una ecuación irresoluble.
Aproximadamente 400 millones de personas viven en la India con menos de 1,25$ al día, según el Informe 2014 de los ODM. Aún así el país cuenta con una Constitución ampliamente progresista que defiende la lucha contra la discriminación y promueve el respeto de los derechos de los más vulnerables. Pero la realidad de millones de personas, que ven a diario vulnerados sus derechos y que carecen de oportunidades, pone de manifiesto como fallan estos principios a la práctica.
En definitiva la fundación se enfrenta a la contradicción de un país que, a pesar de contar con una estructura que promueve la igualdad y la no discriminación y que genera oportunidades, alberga en una ciudad como Bombay a más de 13 millones de personas en situación de pobreza y exclusión.
Mumbai Smiles was founded in 2005 by the journalist and writer Jaume Sanllorente, after learning, on a holiday, the situation of an orphanage in Mumbai with serious financial problems. The closure of the institution would have led to more than 40 boys and girls remaining on the street with the certainty of ending up as victims of trafficking and exploitation networks.
With the commitment to resolve this situation, he began what he calls a “peaceful fight against poverty. A struggle that nowadays has been endorsed by a growing team of people dedicated professionally, voluntarily or as partners and collaborating partners and donors to this project for the defence of Human Rights.
This commitment to the most disadvantaged communities has involved a transformation process in favour of the sustainability not only of the areas in which it works but also of the actions promoted. In 2018, the foundation decided to focus an important part of its efforts in the Kamathipura neighbourhood, the red light district of Mumbai and one of the main prostitution areas in all of Asia. This commitment has led Mumbai Smiles to focus its actions on the fight against trafficking and to expand its radius of activity to other areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh, with the aim of promoting the eradication of trafficking and supporting people who suffer it, from prevention, rescue and rehabilitation.
In 2020 the organisation picks up the legacy of the JAL association, the Leprosy Action Board, and its projects in South India. As a result of this merger with the organisation, led by Dr. Montse Pérez, a dermatologist and marathoner, for more than 55 years, we will continue increasing efforts that will allow us to continue transforming futures.
In these years the NGO has received awards such as the 4th Edition Tarannà Responsible Award; the DKV Seguros Medicine and Solidarity Award (2nd edition); the Blas Infante Award, Casares Solidario, 12th Edition; the Engaged Optimists Award from the magazine “Anoche tuve un sueño” (1st edition); the Cuida de Ti Award from MIA and Garnier (ex aequeo, 3rd edition); the Award for Coexistence of the Autonomous City of Ceuta; the Blogs Catalunya Award in its 2nd edition; the T de Telva Award for Solidarity; the Natura Prize; the 13th Tierno Galván Award for Solidarity and Human Values, and the 2007 Axuda Award.