The Life Skills Empowerment project, true to its name, aims at imparting and improving the life skills in its beneficiaries. With the objective to empower adolescent slum girls, the LSE module contains sessions on skills focusing on personality development, such as communication skills, time management, stress management, critical thinking, problem solving techniques etc, which has proven to get many of these girls out of their shell and live life more confidently.
The last batch of LSE Girls (year 2017-18) consisted of girls, who were all from a Municipal School (BMC) near our LSE centre. This led to a very healthy relationship between this BMC school and Mumbai Smiles Foundation, that also encouraged a number of activities for these LSE girls to be organized together.
And so when, at the end of the previous academic year, the school decided to throw a send-off party, they also invited Mumbai Smiles’ LSE project team to see how some of the girls of LSE together organized this farewell party for the rest of the class!
The event was very well organized. Starting off with a performance by the students and music teacher, the event was hosted by two of the LSE girls, Sanchita & Sarita who had organized a few fun games throughout the event for entertainment as well as to thank all their teachers. These children presented their teachers with flowers and gifts and each of the teachers shared their experience of teaching these girls and the kind of development in their personality that they have observed, especially because of the LSE sessions and activities. This was a very encouraging moment for the girls, as many of them, who used to be shy and timid, have now emerged to be extremely confident and a team player and were able to pull off an important school event like this send-off/farewell party.
At the end of the event, the Principal of the school appreciated all the efforts of Mumbai Smiles Foundation’s LSE program which has helped 50 gilrs become much more confident and empowered in their lives and we hope this encourages more parents to admit their daughters in this project in the coming few months!