Smiles for Change, formerly known as the Sarakasi Trust Hospital Project started in 2006 as an educative artistic intervention activity where the Sarakasi artists would visit children in hospitals and homes with the objective of bringing art and laughter to vulnerable children living in difficult circumstances. We believe that smiling and happiness and positive enforcement enhance healing in sick children and also instill feelings of self-esteem, focus and pride.
Currently, Smiles for Change includes edutainment activities and mentorship programs (still through the arts) that educate communities to accept differently-abled children, children living with HIV Aids and also provide information on teenage pregnancies and gender equality, sexual and reproductive health amongst adolescents amongst others. This way the Smiles for Change team visits selected communities with tailor-made interactive activities that positively engage them with information geared toward de-stigmatizing and demystifying the above-mentioned issues.
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Over the years Sarakasi has implemented many projects. Most projects come and go with available funding or even trends and needs.