SMILE Charitable Trust was founded by a group of classmates from Mountain View School Chikmagalur when we met for a reunion after a gap of almost three decades. During the course of the event, a few of us had the idea of taking some concrete steps to provide assistance for financially weaker sections of society. After much brainstorming, we came to the conclusion that the best way to do this would be to start an organization that facilitates to provide quality education to young people from underprivileged backgrounds. It was with this mission that we decided to form this organization SMILE Charitable Trust (Support Matters in Life Everyday). It took some time to agree on the name, but we decided to go with something that would be simple but at the same time project a positive energy. After all, a smile can work wonders.

Story behind how SMILE Swachalaya started

"During my schooling days there was no proper toilets and whatever was there was very badly maintained. Since then, I strongly wanted to reform the sanitary conditions in schools. According to me reforming meant fixing a problem once and for all. That is why we decided to not just construct toilets but also take up the responsibility of maintaining them.”

Sangeetha Srikishen hails from the coffee abode of India, Chikmagalur who has made a name for herself as a musician, performer, entrepreneur and a community worker

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