The projects of Mumbai Smiles are divided into five broad areas of work, namely Education, Health, Livelihood, Awareness and Advocacy. Of the four Educational Projects, the three projects meant for older children are the Higher Education, Girl Child Education and Life Skills Education projects, which have overlapping beneficiaries and these are the immediate future of our country. Being young adults, their mind harnesses tremendous amounts of energy and tapping into this energy is important to shape these minds to move forward in the direction of growth and development.
Last month, in one of our blog posts, we introduced the concept of Change Agents. These change agents are our beneficiaries of the three educational projects, who have come forward to volunteer with us, in order to bring about positive changes in the society. Having been, and continuing to be associated with our educational projects, these change agents act as the perfect link between Mumbai Smiles and the communities that the projects function in. While we have had two meetings with the Change Agents, to explain to them the nature of activities and the responsibilities that they will shoulder as Change Agents of the Communities, it is also important that their parents know of these details as well before the start of these activities.
Last week, we had arranged for an Orientation Session for the parents of these young Change Agents, which is crucial to the understanding of the entire concept of the program. While this session started with explanation of the role, responsibilities and activities of the program, it continued on to schedule some of the first sessions for the Agents, which will be held at our partner schools of the Educational Projects. This session was also important to create familiarize the parents with the other projects of Mumbai Smiles, specifically the new project of JUMP2justice, so as to ensure that in any situation, they know what action to take and whom to approach for the solution of problems that may arise.
During this session, interaction was extremely healthy as the parents were not only supportive of their children being involved in this program but all came up with important suggestions to tackle the everyday issues of addiction, eve-teasing, poor hygiene, health, nutrition etc.
We are now looking forward to the first session for the Change Agents, which will be a capacity building session, followed by a Field Visit. We will keep you updated on the same on our blog, as always and we appreciate all your support!