Universal Public Foundation is a national level development organization directly benefiting over many children and their families every year, through many welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in many remote villages and slums across many states of India.
Children, their families and the community become the target group for Smile Foundation’s activities as child education cannot be done in isolation and nothing else but education for children can bring long lasting change in the society.
Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life: the means because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one’s awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one’s rights – and in the process help him/her evolve as a better citizen.
Doubtless, education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. But child education cannot be done in isolation. A child will go to school only if the family, particularly the mother, is assured of healthcare and empowered. Moreover, when an elder sibling is relevantly skilled to be employable and begins earning, the journey of empowerment continues beyond the present generation.
Realizing this, Universal Public Foundation, beginning in the corridors of education, adopted a life cycle approach of development, focusing its interventions on children, their families and the larger community.