Smiles Charity Foundation member Manoj Kumar Chittimalla interacting with children in Mahabubabad
Smiles Charity Foundation member Manoj Kumar Chittimalla interacting with children in Mahabubabad

Mahabubabad: Eager to play a bigger role to help society tackle its challenges, a bunch of young techies all working in private companies in Hyderabad came together with an aim to inject new life into government schools, which are often written off as substandard, by providing access to quality education through digital content to the underprivileged children.  

It all started a few months ago with Manoj Kumar Chittimalla, Varun Raj Enugala, Sai Sudhir Gudimetla, Sravani Dandu, Ram Prasad Malla Reddy, who personally had experienced lack of facilities in government schools especially in rural areas during their childhood have decided to contribute their mite to expand learning opportunities for the students of underserved communities. 

Their penchant drove them to the launch ‘100 Smiles Charity Foundation’, a non-government organisation. And to begin with the foundation adopted the Upper Primary School at Chinna Nagaram under Nellikuduru mandal, 180 kms from Hyderabad, on the Indian Independence Day (August 15) this year.

 Initially, the techies provided chairs to the school that has 106 students, besides taking up Swachh campaign and plantation drive to improve the aesthetics of the school. 

They gave school walls a revamp with paintings such as national, state logos and birds. The foundation also supplied sports kits to encourage physical activity among the students.  

In a bid to develop a sense of responsibility, the techies formed student committees for Cleanliness, Health, Cultural and Mid-day meals implementation.  

Speaking to The Hans India on Saturday, the foundation founder and president Manoj said: “Today, we have set up a digital classroom in the school in a bid to introduce Virtual Classroom Concept which allows subject experts from anywhere in the country speak directly to the children through internet video calling facility.”

This will enable wide range of subjects such as academics, sports, culture, tradition and what not for the benefit of students. 

This is a  School headmaster P Kavitha said: “The foundation which provided computer, projector and webcam along with internet facility gave us an opportunity to download digital content and other e-learning modules that is useful to the students.”