Project Smile, an NGO based in Bengaluru visited the slum-dwelling children this Ramzan to celebrate iftar. The organization made sure that the slum kids in Avalahalli could smile and be happy this festive season.
For Children By Children Iftar
The NGO organized the iftar called “For Children By Children” in Bengaluru. For the NGO run by professionals from different backgrounds, it was a first-time initiative. Importantly, these organizers also brought their own kids for interacting with the underprivileged youngsters.
A volunteer of Project Smile, Naseem Akhtar said, “Since 2015, we have been conducting iftars for people from lower economic backgrounds. But this is the first time we reached out to kids.”
The primary objective of the event was to help children from well to do families to understand the problems and struggles faced by others and also to encourage the mentality of sharing.
Another member of the NGO, Mohammed Ummer said, “Children in well-settled families waste their food while many children in slums don’t have any food. These children even struggle to get water for their basic needs. Through this initiative, we want our kids to be more compassionate. At the same time, we want children in slums to learn new things.”
Project Smile Helped Children Have A Good Time
More than 350 children from the nearby slums participated in the event which entertained the kids with several activities such as games, singing, and drawing. A seventh standard Soha Sahin from The Grandeur International School, Sarjapur Main Road said, “Today, I made many new friends and we enjoyed a lot. We served food for our new friends.”
For a 6-year-old Sadique Hussain, good meals are always restricted to festivals and celebrations. The event helped these children have a good time with kids from all the strata of society enjoying with each other without any discrimination. Together they ate Ramzan specialties like chicken biryani and other regular dishes like samosas, ice creams, and fruits.
The NGO aims to carry out more such activities that will contribute towards community building in the days to come.