Have you heard of Bombay Smiles?
July 17, 2012
If you have never heard of Bombay Smiles and you think it is necessary to get involved in building a fairer and more supportive world, do not stop reading. We want to explain our formula to fight against poverty in the slums (shanty towns) of Bombay and to defend the observance of Human Rights. From development cooperation we generate tools that promote structural changes and social transformation towards self-sufficiency and equal opportunities of the communities in the areas of slums. Education, health and socioeconomic development are the main framework for our projects. The Education it is the only asset that can break the vicious circle of poverty and launch the social elevator, for this reason, we promote it as the main tool of our project. We are currently developing a comprehensive program aimed at different educational levels. Similarly the Health promotion it is a precondition for improving the socioeconomic conditions of the community. Since our inception we have worked in the field of Leprosy and we have started a new line of work in the field of oncology. We are developing a pediatric oncology project for psychosocial support for minors with this disease and their families. We are committed to focusing our work on the East Andheri area, the area of our office, with the aim of offering comprehensive programs, maximize resources and results and generate real and structural changes in the communities with which we work. We also bet on the employment creation among the local population, we particularly encourage the autonomy of women in a transversal way and the participation of communities in all phases of the projects. Sonrisas de Bombay has been committed to improving the quality of life of these communities and promoting common work for seven years. Our framework of action is Bombay, a city of contrasts and inequalities in which we can find great fortunes but in which approximately 60% of the population lives in unhealthy and poor conditions in slums. Currently one of the great social problems in India is poverty, which affects 37% of its inhabitants who live on less than €1 a day. Often the public policies and strategies of the country are defined from the conception that it is predominantly rural, but for three decades now the urban population has been growing to the detriment of the rural population. The migratory fact, cultural diversity and income inequality imply important challenges at the level of public management. Bombay, a city of 20 million people, is the commercial and financial capital of India. Hundreds of people arrive daily in this city, from different parts of the country, so mobility and diversity are enormous. All this multiplies the violations of social rights such as access to health, work and decent housing and also of civil rights such as political participation, and cultural rights, which more than ten million people suffer daily in this city. At Sonrisas de Bombay we work with the most disadvantaged communities, women, men, old men and women, and boys and girls who live in this city. The slums They are the most degraded neighborhoods in the city, characterized by overcrowding of substandard housing, lack of basic infrastructure, a high concentration of poverty and lack of security. If there is a common denominator for the people who are part of the communities of the slums It is the lack of opportunities. The vast majority of slums They are invisible to management. This does not recognize them, in such a way that they remain outside the scope of public policies. As well We promote campaigns and actions to publicize and at the same time denounce the violations of rights and the exclusion that many people suffer in this city. In this way, we seek to make society aware of this harsh reality with the aim of adding more people every day to the fight against poverty.. Our engine is the collaborating partners and companies that support our project, as well as the people who voluntarily work with us. We encourage you to learn more and follow our work from our website www.bombaysmiles.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. PD: YogaYe.com supports the work of the Bombay Smiles association and with each purchase you directly help the NGO's projects.