MUMBAI: The Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF), a non-profit organization that helps bring good nutrition to children at risk, today announced providing a grant to the Smile Foundation, a national development organization that works towards the education and healthcare of less privileged children and youth.
The grant will establish a Casa Herbalife program and will provide nutritional food to 3000 children across India as part of Smile Foundation’s ‘Mission Education’ program. The cooperation with Smile Foundation marks the start of the second Casa Herbalife program in India after SOS Children’s Village in Bangalore.
The first phase of the project was unveiled in Mumbai today that will cater for the nutritional needs of 1000 children in Mumbai and Thane districts of Maharashtra. Harsh Mayar, the national award winning child artiste and prodigy from the internationally acclaimed movie ‘I am Kalam’ as well as Herbalife’s sponsored personality and Bollywood star Mugdha Godse were present at the press conference to extend their support.
A special cake cutting ceremony was arranged for the children of Smile Foundation along with a felicitation for Harsh Mayar.
Ajay Khanna, country head, Herbalife India said, “We are delighted to launch the second Casa Herbalife program in India as this program is an integral part of our corporate social responsibility initiative. Herbalife is committed to providing nutritional support to underprivileged children through the cooperation of local charity organizations. We will roll out the project in phases to other regions in India in the next couple of months. We have no doubt that together with Smile Foundation we can help more children in India get better nutrition and achieve their true potential.”
Harish Nandan Sahay, Director Operations, Smile Foundation said, “While nutrition is an extremely critical component in the overall development of a child, it is also the most difficult component to be ensured. We are extremely happy that the association with Casa Herbalife program will help us ensure the all round development of the 3000 children beneficiaries.”
The Mission Education program of Smile Foundation is designed to empower children from the underprivileged communities. The first phase of the program will benefit children, in the vicinity of Malvani in Mumbai, within the age group of 5 to 14 years. The other beneficiary group will be boys and girls at Khapri, in Thane district of Maharashtra, in the age group of 3 to 18 years.
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Created in 1994 by Herbalife Founder Mark Hughes, Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) creates partnerships with charities to help meet the nutritional needs of children at risk. At the same time, HFF is there to provide funds to organizations assisting victims of natural disasters. HFF is a global non-profit organization working in communities around the world. HFF’s flagship Casa Herbalife program, was introduced in 2005 to support existing charitable organizations that are changing children’s lives. This program, named after the Brazilian orphanage Mark Hughes and HFF built in 1998, has spread across the globe, helping to provide proper nutrition to children in 68 locations.
Smile Foundation is a national level development organization that works towards the education and healthcare of less privileged children and youth in the country. It currently benefits over 200,000 underprivileged children and youth directly across 22 states of India through more than development projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood and girl child & women empowerment. The uniqueness of Smile Foundation lies in its working model – Social Venture Philanthropy. With SVP, it seeks sustainability, scalability, accountability, transparency, credibility and effective leadership. The entire management process of Smile Foundation is based on the principles of Good Governance. While policies and decisions are made through a four-tier system – namely board of trustees, advisory body, executive committee and departments and decisions, it also has a four-tier audit system to ensure that funds are optimized.