The team at Mumbai Smiles Foundation feel it is important that tourists visiting India are exposed to different sights of the city of Mumbai, to understand the reality of the communities in the slums where we work. Our teams take travellers around Mumbai Smiles’ projects to increase their awareness on the different ways in which these communities fight poverty and struggle for social change, equality of rights and opportunities. We also recommend that they relate with the beneficiaries of our projects as equals, avoiding compassionate or patronizing behaviour.
We organize activities with our communities in Mumbai to raise awareness about their reality and foster change. We highlight relevant International Days, such as International AIDS Day, Childhood Day, Women’s Day, and Human Rights Day, to confront different social problems.
This is an exchange initiative between schools that involves activities and workshops that are organized to raise awareness and sensitize the more-fortunate in matters relating to Human Rights, Childhood rights, SDO (Sustainable Development Objectives) and Cooperation for Development; thereby engaging the entire educational community.
We organise activities like lectures, workshops, talks, video forums and exhibitions to highlight the lives and the hardships faced by slum- dwellers, as well as the work Mumbai Smiles Foundation carries out for them.
We also emphasize on the importance of counting on everybody towards the fight against poverty. We carry out these activities from different perspectives – the environment in which we work, the role of the women in the slum communities, as well as the fundamental rights of children.