Childline, India’s first free, emergency helpline for children in need of care and protection turned 15 on June 20, 2011. What started as a simple helpline for street kids to call when in trouble in Mumbai has now expanded to 150 plus locations, across 26 states of India including the far south Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Childline processes over 2.5 million calls annually.
Teach for India is tackling the program of education in India by using a model that has worked very successfully in the US. They are calling on India’s brightest to teach for two years in under-resourced schools so that the children in these schools too can benefit from excellent teachers and education just like their counterparts in well to do private schools.
Zynga is giving its 250 million players a chance to help towards earthquake relief efforts in Japan. through limited edition virtual goods in FarmVille, CityVille and other Zynga games. 100% of purchases are being donated to Save The Children who are supporting relief efforts for children affected by the Japan earthquake.
Mumbai Smiles is a non-profit organization based out of India, Spain and Mexico, focused on providing quality education, health services and livelihood opportunities for families living in the slums of Mumbai. The non-profit was born in 2005 when Spanish journalist and writer Jaume Sanllorente was on a holiday to Mumbai, India. His experience with the under-privileged inspired him to quit his job as a journalist, go back to university, and kick start Mumbai Smiles, in order to improve the living conditions of slum dwellers in the city of Mumbai. Why Mumbai Smiles are Unique Mumbai Smiles operates out of several of Mumbai’s lesser known slums in the suburb of Andheri. All their current efforts are focused around developing these few communities, so that children, as well as adults are benefited. In all activities, the community always provides input and feedback. This ensures that programs are successful at meeting the needs of the community. For example, the children of slum dwellers attend state of the art pre-schools. The teachers at these pre-schools are from the same …