On the eve of the World Literacy Day, which was celebrated on September 8 worldwide, the Smile Foundation marked off the completion of their campaign 'Choone Do Aasman- Every child in school.' Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit marked the event with her presence and blessed 4370 children as they embarked into a new and empowering journey of their life.
'Choone Do Aasman' is an initiative undertaken by Smile Foundation to send 5000 children to school by 15th of August with an objective of helping children from the marginalised and difficult circumstances in realizing their dreams through education. The core belief behind 'Choone Do Aasman' is that children should be at the centre stage of development in order to effect a lasting change. This year, Smile Foundation has been successful in sending 4370(four thousand three hundred and seventy) children to school in a span of two months through this initiative.
The Chief Minister’s never say die spirit was palpable while she was interacting with these kids. She had a good chat with all the kids and she also did a cake cutting ceremony with them. Speaking about her support Ms Dikshit said, “These children are the future of our country and what is more important than making them empowered through education. Each one of us has dream but more important is to fulfill the dreams of others. I would like to congratulate Smile Foundation for the commendable work of giving wings to the dreams of these children through education”
Speaking about the initiative Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “As a young and responsible organisation, Smile Foundation always believes we can have an educated, poverty free and liberated society can only when members of the civil society come forward and participate proactively in the development process .Choone Do Aasman is a reflection of this thought. On the behalf of Smile Foundation I would like to thank Ms. Sheila Dikshit for supporting our initiative toward enriching the lives of those who need it the most.”