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It is wonderful that we mark the birthday of our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, celebrating his special attachment with children and childhood. When we think of Children’s Day celebrations from our childhood, we think of a break from the school routine, a day spent in celebrations and performances. While it is lovely to take a break and just have a day of enjoyment, at Mumbai Smiles we decided to try create a deeper engagement with our community on this day.

This Children’s Day, we held celebrations in all our communities. There were colourful performances by our preschoolers, who were also delighted to receive chocolates. Since we had parents in attendance as well, we organised short speeches to raise awareness on issues like health and communicable diseases, the Livelihood Project, child rights, etc. We also had a few beficiaries share their experiences with us. Thus, while the day was one of lightheartedness, we also managed to rope in a few important topics of discussion and community engagement as well. Parents were deeply appreciative of the event, both because their children had a good time, and also because they were given a space to share and engage with their peers as well.

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