A lot of kudos should go to our blue collar friends for the development we see around us. SmartLife reciprocates this courtesy by helping them become more empowered individuals; by educating them to walk towards a better tomorrow; by unleashing their dormant, hidden potential; by ensuring their future is more secure. SmartLife strives to be their wholesome partner in their progress.
As a not-for-profit organization, working for the betterment of blue collar workers, help with volunteering would greatly help us.
If you have the right selfless passion to help the less privileged, you are the ones we are looking for. Do contact us.
You can help us with offering your innovative ideas as to what further we can do with our projects, existing and new.
If you possess talent in singing, dancing, games, art etc., do contact us. We can use your service to help the blue collar friends.
Few of our projects need support by raising funds to run them, if you have strong marketing skills or connections, do contact us.
If you possess management skills, please contact us, we need you to manage, streamline and enhance our projects.
Kindly go through our projects and write to us mentioning your areas of interest
All our projects are designed with complete insight on how those will really help the end user. Each project is getting iterated periodically by expert scholars in our advisory board as well as the beneficiaries in brainstorming sessions.
Every parent dreams of a better future and quality education for their offspring. Sapna offers scholarships to the most deserving, after an in-depth study of each case.
Sapna Wall is a signature event of Smart Sapna. Sapna does not stop with just doling out money, but is also involved in mentoring parents, monitoring the child’s education, keeping track of progress by constant interaction with principals of schools, the student and his / her parents.
The project adopts a `Buddy system’ where we will have a certain number of Dubai buddies (students) who will be paired with the Native buddies (students in their own countries) and who will inspire and motivate each other. This student-pairing will be based on same gender, common language and preferably same age group
The activity will be monitored closely by senior adult volunteers from SmartLife, who will mentor both the Dubai and Native buddy (who are both students).
This is in line with the Reading Initiative being promoted by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.
Fridays will find our volunteers reaching out to camps encouraging the reading habit.
The project has a module in place with end objectives clearly laid out.
This is a platform for talented singers and dancers discovered through our SmartIdol program to showcase their talent. SmartBand has performed in various Government events and Corporate functions.
SmartRelaxation is a project that teaches yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to blue collar men and women. The follow up sessions every week is bound to make the practice a way of life.
SmartFitness aims to offer them a fitter version of themselves, albeit the fun way, with a weekly session of aerobics, Zumba dancing, just swaying to music, jumps, loops, healthy run or anything equally enjoyable.
This is to do with games such as cricket, football, etc. that generates great interest. Each participating team has an equal mix of white and blue collar players.
A CSR initiative that any organisation can be proud of! More than 130 Corporates have participated in the past nine years.
This is an exciting platform provided to the blue collar work force to exhibit their talent in singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.
This increases their confidence levels, enables them to perform in front of an audience and to win prizes. Years 2013 to 2015 saw around 1200 blue collar workers participating in SmartIdol. Winners become a part of our SmartBand. A SmartIdol winner, a delivery boy is now a professional singer on Zee TV, a matter of great pride to us.
Through this project we offer free health check up primarily to do with diabetes and hyper tension in labour camps. More than 2000 labourers have so far benefited from this project, executed in partnership with Aster Group / DM Healthcare.
We identify deserving labour camps and multiply their joy with corporate give away’s.
Bed linen, furniture, water coolers, footwear, food stuff are some of the free stuff donated in the past years. Particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan, we offer Iftar meal to various camps, through support from corporate outfits. Over the years, more than 200,000 people have benefited from our SmartDistribution.
Smart Skills Workshop is a free training session for skilled / unskilled labourers which will enable them to develop and acquire skills, which in turn is bound to lead to self-development and lay the path for better productivity at work.
This is a project exclusively designed for ladies, wherein we help them develop their hobbies such as knitting, sewing, gardening, quilting, cooking, origami, basket making, etc.
The idea behind this project is to enable the women to use their spare time creatively and productively, thus keeping negative thoughts if any at bay.
SmartRozgar is a project that connects unemployed blue collar friends to job opportunities in UAE. With both CV`s and job vacancies uploaded on our Rozgar portal, the connection is established seamlessly with no recruiting agent and associated costs in the middle.
Please visit smartrozgar.com
After several decades of working in the Gulf when blue collar workers go back home, often they find the children they have worked hard for all through their life have branched off in search of their own lives. These labourers are left alone in their old age and often with depleted savings.
SmartElder is a program where we talk to them and guide them about how to conduct their lives post retirement, deal with old age problems, manage finances wisely to take care of the geriatric period, manage family relationships without animosity and similar.
Talented blue collar artists undergo training with experts to enhance their skills. Due to such meticulous training, a painting by a blue collar artist was exhibited in an International Art Exhibition. This was noticed by a German artist who invited him to be part of a prestigious exhibition in Germany.
Amateur artists will be connected to professional artists and undergo training to realize their ambitions and bring to the forefront their dormant talent.
This project is in the pipeline.
We have worked with almost all the corporates & organisations, just siting few here.
Project ‘AKSHAR’, which is the promotional activity done by FP7 for getSMART project made SmartLife as CSR Brand,
leaving behind all commercial entities. SmartLife won 2nd position in UAE, 3rd position in The Middle East, 5th position in Middle East & Africa, 19th position in the World
Project ‘SAPNA WALL’, promotional video done by FP7 won 2 Golds, 2 Silvers, 1 Bronze Awards
We are not just making their lives a little better, a little more comfortable, slightly more empowered. But, we are also richly rewarding ourselves as a community. This might be through a positive action, a mere handshake or just in the peace that comes from knowing that we made difference in someone’s life.
Although it is slightly hard to notice, the glamour and skyscrapers of the city of Dubai owe its magnificence to a bunch of people who are often forgotten. The group of workers who work hard day in and day out under the persistent sun of the place we can no more call a desert. Clad in fluorescents and adorned by numerous beads of sweat, these people populate in large numbers. They come from almost all the South Asian and African countries looking to touch dreams that are perhaps very much out of their reach.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is where we come in.
SmartLife is an NPO/NGO that was envisaged a few years ago, by some key members. Despite the infancy interims of age, we are supported today by many – ranging from business school alumni, heads of many Financial/ Advertising/ FMCG/ GIS organizations, etc.
Our basic aim and objective, therefore, is your average blue collar worker. His/her development and overall benefit is what we consider our priority. Whether that’s by setting them up with free English language lessons every week or by providing mentoring, even occasional trips outside the labour camps. We consider it a small and satisfying way of helping the blue collared workers take a step out of their routine and realise their true potential.
Communicating the idea, and spreading the message is an essential and therefore primary goal. We’ve had full page ads/articles in local newspapers, magazines, TV stations, and been on air several times. We have also made use of social media to communicate our cause and attract sufficient support for the same.
We invite organizations, and like-minded professionals to contribute in developing this idea and offering a part of their resources to help source this venture. In this regard, we plan to conduct ideation camps that will see various ideas being exchanged. The various project teams will then ensure that these ideas are tested out and inculcated into the operations of SmartLife.
It is to be noted that we work in full adherence with the law of the land and are registered with the Community Development Authority of Dubai.
Finally, as we sign off, we would like to remind anyone reading this that we are not just making their lives a little better, a little more comfortable, slightly more empowered. But, we are also richly rewarding ourselves as a community. This might be through a positive action, a mere handshake or just in the peace that comes from knowing that we made difference in someone’s life.
Our projects are developed over nine years of working with blue collar workers, each project will fall into any one of the following categories
Started on 16 March 2009 with few food distributions in labour camps
Conducted Seminars " one day workshops on Etiquette, Personality Development " various other useful topics for white collar people by experts and invited them to serve less privileged community. First SmartCup held in Insportz.
Conducted SmartCup in Zabeel Park over 4 weeks as outdoor tournament with 24 teams using ICC Certified Team.
Handled few rescue operations for laborers, taking their cases to Police Dept.
New projects were inducted. Involved Eton Institute into the education program officially to enhance the operation.
Helped lots of corporates to reach out to the labour camps through volunteering & distributions.
Registered officially with CDA as an NGO. SmartCup become an annual event.
Few more rescue operations were carried out. Started Spoken English Classes for 15 people, later joined hands with IIM Alumni Team. SmartIdol & SmartArt was held successfully.
Become member of 'Engage Dubai' by Chamber of Commerce. SmartIdol 2014 held in Indian Consulate Auditorium.
More than 600 people were studying Spoken English, 60 teateachers from various nationalities were teaching. More new projects were inducted. Our Volunteer Poll increased. Got more support from corporates, media & other organisations.
Discontinued getSMART project. New projects like SmartWomen, SmartMeditation & SmartSenior got initiated.
With new board in place, operation style become more efficient, SmartIdol 2015 held in Sheikh Rashid Auditorium with 1200 audition.
Our Year calendar is fixed 1 year ahead.
We work towards the upcoming projects as separate teams.
In all our projects, we involve our blue collar team members in all level of execution to make sure whether we work in a direction which will really benefit them.
With the constant support of our Advisory Panel, BOD executes all the projects with passion as the Coreteam members " Support Team has extremely great expertise " interpersonal skills. However our volunteers pool which comprises of both white " blue collars does the job on floor.
Nehal Vohra, Vivek bavasar, Haresh Kheskani, Umadevi Elango
Indrani Dasgupta, Rohit Gupta, Madhumta Roy, Navya Sajeevan
Mahejabin Baldiwala, Gerald Gaffney
Arnav Shah, Anitha Dayanand
Eyamini Anbalagan, Anbalagan
Gul Israni, Jyotsna Bhadkamkar, Sakina Sadikot
I am extremely happy to know that SmartLife is moving to the next level with getSMART classes to help the blue collared workers. I convey my appreciation and good wishes to the noble cause
All the best wishes to SmartLife for reaching out to the blue collared workers for their career advancement. Best wishes to getSMART
Knowledge and Education go hand in hand with Growth and Prosperity. We are delighted to be part of the getSMART project by SmartLife which no doubt will enhance the English skills of our Blue Collared friends but also transform their lives for the better. We wish for it a tremendous success
Nelson Mandella said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We, at the Rotary Club of Deira are dedicated to change the world and there is no better place to start than by growing the men who grow our cities."
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
The Best of Wealth is education. When you gain Knowledge you develop self confidence. getSMART helps Blue collared take a leap forward in life and career by gaining knowledge
The greatest gift is to see the progress resulting from the commitment of time and energy provided by the team at SmartLife. I’m proud to stand along side those laborers who commit to personal growth and education.
Give a man a fish you make him dependent on you, but teach a man to fish and he becomes self dependent and independent for life. This, in a nutshell, is what the ‘getSMART’ initiative is trying to achieve... My best wishes to the entire team. May the impact of this benefit a large number of people! Good luck.
The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift.
getSmart- is a second chance to work on lost dreams and unlock potential. Objective is continuous growth via communication and high self esteem.
To make the most of your Time, invest in continuous Education because Education is the Currency of your Future. Good Luck and best wishes to the TEAM.
It is great to see the of GetSmart Text books - representing the successful transformation of the initial idea we scrawled over a paper napkin in a coffee shop to this wonderful program. Our best wishes to Smartlife, getSmart text books and users of these books. Wishing you all a bright future.
Please feel free to contact us at any time, we will revert to you back within 3 days.