A specialist in Marketing and Finance, Smeeta Basak was always pointed in the direction of social work. She has worked in a lot of companies successfully, like ICICI Bank, Indus Towers Limited, and EY as a data analytics manager. And currently, she is working in TransUnion CIBIL as a head data scientist. Despite having such a successful career, she always had a wish in heart to work for society. Finally, two years ago, she took a step towards social dedication by joining UPAY along with her husband Sidharth Shah. Since that day, this energetic couple became an essential pillar of UPAY Gurugram.
That day changed fates for both the children and Smeeta. She, being a perfect teacher, is changing the lives of children in slums. She teaches students of classes 8, 9, and 10 at the Sohna Road learning center of UPAY Gurugram and has transformed the way children look at themselves. Smeeta is very dedicated and passionate about whatever project she works on. She gives 100% in whatever responsibility she has been assigned, despite having a hectic schedule. She never treats any work more or less important; this is a quality that very few people today possess. Besides this, she is always up with innovations and brings in new ideas to portray the work of UPAY to the masses physically. She ensures to keep her team engaged and encourages people to put their best foot forward. Smeeta has been instrumental in mobilizing the underprivileged community to make it to mainstream society.
As a result of these great qualities, she has achieved a lot and has made it possible for UPAY to reach a large section of needy children. For example, she has raised more than Rs. Five Lakhs for UPAY, hence providing resources to underprivileged and has streamlined monthly volunteer induction programs in the Gurugram zone in such a short period. Her efforts to sensitize the children about the prevention of abuse and menstrual hygiene have helped a large number of children to face the odds boldly. She has taken many projects to seek attention towards the underprivileged society. One such project was Diya making activity, which was conducted at all the centers under her leadership last year. These diyas were sold at the Vatika market and few corporate offices to raise funds for deprived children. Lately, she has worked a lot in COVID relief activities and thus standing by the people in distress and helping in various ways.
She is a perfect example and great inspiration for those who are no different from any of us, have such professional success and are working hard to change the lives of the children.
Mother Teresa has rightly quoted, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.”
Written by -Riya Garg (Intern, UPAY)