The beginning of this new academic year has brought with itself a new positive development. Our Balwadis, which were 23 in number earlier have now reached 25 with the launch of 2 new Balwadis. These Balwadis have been launched with the support from Cipla Foundation. To know more about these new Balwadis, click on the  [...]

Mumbai Smiles adopted a three-tire strategy to turn around Yashodhan School and make it self-sustainable. Although established, the school lacked a strong infrastructure base and a trained workforce to progress further.  Mumbai Smiles stepped in at this juncture and brought the entire system back into a healthy loop, thereby ensuring that the three important aspects  [...]

In December 2012, we learnt about the rape and subsequent death of a young Indian student in New Delhi, through the denunciation of media. Since then the press has repeatedly reported new cases of rape and gender violence in the country. However, given this reality we want to ask ourselves, what role does the media play  [...]

“I keep dreaming of a future, a future with long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light” – Patrick Swayze Such is the dream of 5 of our HOPE beneficiaries, who have recently been awarded scholarships for their education. The HOPE project of Mumbai Smiles provides — psycho-social  [...]

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Vasvi Aren, who has just passed out of college, is a perfect example of the statement above.  Having completed her graduation from K.J Somaiya a couple of months ago, she has just secured her career with  [...]

In last week’s blog (, you read about Priyanka’s visit to Spain and her attempt to represent the slum women of Mumbai. We take the opportunity to narrate Priyanka’s experience and how her visit made an impact! “The first conference was organized in Madrid. 45-50 participants were present along with a translator to communicate with the audience in Spanish. I  [...]