These women bring SMILE on many faces


 A group of women is silently leading a movement to provide education to the underprivileged children in the city. They have adopted these children from the economically weaker section and are taking care of their educational needs and would support them till they complete their studies and take on the competitive world.

The initiative has been launched by Innerwheel Mysore Midtown and is spearheaded by Nandini Murthy, its President. The project has been undertaken as part of SMILE that stands for Sanitation, Membership, Image Building, Literacy and Evaluation.

“This year, we have got Project SMILE as our mission and we are doing our bit to the society by adopting these children. Thanks to the support from the women members of the club, the project has seen success,” Nandini Murthy, who is also the Senior Centre Head of VLCC Healthcare Ltd on Kalidasa Road.

Speaking about Nagesh and Mallige the two children she has adopted, Nandini Murthy says that both of them, especially Nagesh, is brilliant in his studies. “He is very good at his studies and wants to achieve big in his life. He has the spark and unfortunately he has no support structure. I will make sure that he gets funds till he completes his education and take up the profession of his choice,” she says.

The other women who have adopted children and are funding their education are Uma Vivek, Chaitra Mohan, Dr Rashmi Suresh, Vimala Nagaraj, Lavanya Srinivasan, Komala Vishwanath, Rashmi Preetham and Nagamani Gopinath. In all, they have adopted 10 children.

“There is no caste, creed or religion here. We just want to identify the talent and help them realise their dreams. And we believe that monetary factor must not be an obstacle,” says Nandini Murthy, who is a mother of two children Nakul and Navdeep. While Nakul is an assistant professor, Navdeep is in the merchant navy. Her husband Narasimha Murthy is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.

“I am performing a mother’s role in mentoring and helping Mallige and Nagesh. There is so much joy in giving and it is a fulfilling experience to see these children study and come up in life,” she adds. Nandini Murthy also serves as the College Development Council of Maharani’s College and is the Vice President of Indian Dietetic Association, Mysuru chapter.

As part of Project SMILE, Innerwheel Mysore Midtown is constructing two toilets at the Maharani’s College and a pre-paid auto stand has been constructed at the Hardinge Circle.


 Apart from Project SMILE, the club is involved in a lot of community service activities including honouring mothers of special children, distribution of clothes and food to orphanages, being a part of women-oriented empowerment programmes conducted by CFTRI and organising interaction sessions and hygiene during menstruation and diet for girls of Rotary high school.

The club has also donated equipment for Akshaya Patra Foundation, conducted a series of blood donation camps, camps to treat the needy. It associates itself in programmes including Each One Teach One, provides uniforms, text books, note books, shoes and bags to children from poor economic background and preventing them from dropping out.

As part of its continuous programmes, the club provides artificial limbs to the needy, food is supplied to the inmates of Vimala Terminal Care and Vishranthi, an old age home.

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