Project SMILE was started on 31st Dec 2017 by enthusiastic college students who want to contribute something to society.
It’s first phase started from 31st dec 2017 to 31st Jan 2018
Second phase started from March 2018 to Dec 2019.
What is the project about
Project S.M.I.L.E stands for:-
SKILLING THE UNDERPRIVILEGED
MANAGING USED PAPER
INSTILLING SELF CONFIDENCE
LIBERATING THE MINDS
EMPOWERING THE DESTITUTE
Why we need this
Project S.M.I.L.E caters as a single solution to this three-fold problem. We generate employment and empower the unskilled and lesser privileged sections of our society. This not only makes them financially independent, but also increases their employability. The notebooks are made from recycled paper, thus directly reducing the amount of paper that is wasted. Some of the copies that are made and the old books that we get during collection are given to the slum children.
What problems are we solving ?
- PAPER WASTE :In India, annually, more than 9,000,000 tonnes of paper is dumped in landfills while only 3,000,000 gets recycled, leading to increased deforestation.
- Unemployability & unskilled labour According to a report published by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), India has 53 million unemployed people as of Dec 202 also according to the latest India Skills Report (ISR), not even half the Indian graduates are employable as they lack the skills that are in demand today. A mere 45 percent of 2021 graduates were found to be job-ready.
- Lack of will & resources to provide education According to the report of the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), 32 million Indian children of age up to 13 years have never attended any school, the majority of them belonging to the socially disadvantaged class (2014).
What we get after installing or doing this
- With the First phase not only we provided a short term extra source of income to underprivileged people but also within the first phase of this project the core team of Jaago Bharat got established.
- SMILE has different stages like : collecting paper waste, getting raw materials, workplace, workers, final product and selling the copies.
- By working in this project, team members learned the skills of pre planning, having regular discussion, maintaining the workplace & workers and their marketing skills got increased. Ultimately these adds a good profile in their resume and this really helped in their job interview.
- Started from 31st dec 2017 and finished on 25th Dec 2019, two phases got more than 200 hours of volunteering work done.
Feedback from people
- Volunteer friends, college teachers, school teachers all helped them in buying the notebooks.
- In the second phase the copies were made by the parents whose children are having cancer and they belong to an underprivileged background, so they don’t have enough money for their treatment. So the copies made by them were sold and the money raised was all donated to the treatment of the children.
- Aadi Kautilya coaching academy- Who helped in this project financially as well as helped in selling the notebooks to their own students.
- St Jude India Child care centre – Who provided the workspace and workers to make the copies for the second phase.
- Assisi Convent school sec 17 Noida – Provided workspace & workers for first phase , purchased copy from us and given paper waste in both phases.
- GTBIT college theatre group- for giving us a space to put our stall in their fest
Impact of project in numbers
Phase 1 From 31st Dec 2017 to 31st Jan 2018 :-
Paper waste collected – 552 kg
Recycled sheets used in copies – 25000 sheets
Copies made – 268 spiral notebooks made from recycled sheets
Workers involved that were trained – 5
Phase 2 from March 2018 to Dec 2019 :-
Paper waste collected – 916 kg
Recycled sheets used in copies – 23000 sheets
Copies made – 302 spiral notebooks made from recycled sheets
Workers involved that were trained – 12
By combining both the phases, the paper that we recycled (48000 sheets) accounts equal to 16 trees.
(Calculation – 3000 sheets cost one tree, so total 48000 sheets will cost 16 trees)
(To make one fresh A4 size sheet paper used in notebooks requires 10 litre of water.)
As we used 48000 recycled sheets for making notebooks, it saves 4,80,000 litres of water.