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 SMILE - A charitable organisation with a purpose. 

SMILE(Society Moved To Instill Love With Empathy) has gained considerable recognition in the field of social work within a few years of its coming into operation. A registered charitable trust started in 1997, SMILE has proactively tried to improve the quality of life of abandoned children, the underprivileged and the old. The organisation is currently working on three projects- Utkarsh, Udaan and Umang.

Utkarsh, started in August 1998, tries to assist deprived and underprivileged women. By providing opportunities to the women, it tries to enable these women to improve and realise their complete potential. Ever since its inception it has reached out to a great number of women who have benefited immensely

Keeping in mind the street children, project Udaan was initiated last year . It has taken within its wing nearly 200 street children from areas such as Marine Drive, Babulnath Chowpathy, Charni Road and other places. Its sole objective is to put these children -- mostly slum dwellers and runaways -- into schools and provide vocational education to them.

Senior CitizensThe increasing crime rate in the city of Mumbai has created a sense of panic and insecurity among its senior citizens . Residents of crime-infested localities such as Nana chowk, Napean Sea road , and Gamadevi chowk share a sense of fear despite considerable safety measures such as eye holes, grill gates, intercoms, etc. As a result, some senior citizens have developed psychological problems. Project Umang attempts to identify these problems and redress them at the initial stages before they take a serious turn.

According to Anaxi Shah, president of SMILE, ensuring a safe and trouble-free life for senior citizens is the main objective of the trust. On September 17, 2000, SMILE will organise a workshop, at Tejpal auditorium, entitled 'Senior Citizens and Security', presided over by the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai. The workshop attempts to reach the maximum number of senior citizens and enable them to live a stress-free life.

Address: SMILE, 28 Vipul Building, Ridge Road,
Mumbai - 400 006.

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Vipula Kadri is a renowned social worker and the founder of Pride India, Save the Children. Under her leadership, the organisation has helped improve the quality of life of underprivileged children and women. Today, this NGO reaches out to thousands through its various services, projects and development initiatives in different parts of Maharashtra. The organisation is opening branches in other parts of India in partnership with other individuals, corporations and communities.

Kadri is also the Director of the rural hospital Sparsh at Sastur, in the Osmanabad district. Her work experience includes rescuing and rehabilitating young victims of sexual exploitation in India and Nepal, and creating AIDS Awareness.

She is the recipient of many awards - the Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding Professional and Community Leadership (1990) from the American Biographical Institute,  the Mahila Shiromani Award from the Shiromani Institute, New Delhi, and the Maulana Abulkalam Azad Award 1997 for furtherance of communal harmony.

Save The Children is the first NGO to be invited by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to adopt Kaksar and other villages near war-torn Kargil in need of rebuilding. Kadri and her team of workers visited the region in order to identify rebuilding needs. The initial plan is to build a boarding school for children and a Home Science Institute for girls.


Taraporevala Aquarium The Bombay Natural History Society was founded in 1883 for the purpose of exchanging notes and observations on natural history and exhibiting interesting specimens of animal life. Today, with members in over 30 countries, it is the largest NGO in the sub-continent, engaged in the conservation of nature and natural resources, as well as education and research in natural history,

The reputed ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali was the scientific brain behind the Society, which believes in conservation based on scientific research. The Society's invaluable collection of specimens of over 26,000 birds, 20,000 mammals, 7,500 reptiles and amphibians and 50,000 insects is recognised for both its quality and antiquity.

Address: Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS),
Hornbill House, Dr. Salim Ali Chowk,
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai - 400 023,
284 3421/3869
283 7615