Mumbai: A novel initiative by leading city-based NGO Youth Dance Festival (YDF) to support a 10-year-old girl child, who dreamed to become an astronaut like Kalpana Chawla. However, her limited resources and no access to quality education are making her wish a far-fetched dream. Youth Dance Festival (YDF) to sponsor her education and to make her dream come true. Under this initiative, the NGO took the responsibility of bearing the education expenses of 25 orphan girls like her from Asha Kiran Charitable Trust so that none of the wishes of these young children remain unfulfilled.
Youth Dance Festival, which was started in 2014 by the young activist Manish Nagar to bring light to these underprivileged, has been empowering many girls by providing them with the best of stationery necessities, sports equipment, books, and care-filled mentoring. They encourage scholarships for every girl who wants to achieve her dreams. The unique decentralised model of giving back to society is implemented through the team of YDF, who raise financial support from all quarters of the society for such noble causes.
“We have been contributing to making quality education accessible for every girl child in Mumbai. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world and the most effective way to break out of the cycle of poverty. We are highly elated to announce to sponsor the education of 25 girls, who have some bright dreams in their eyes,” said Sonny Sharma, Founder of YDF.
Another member, Vishal Garg, said, “The pandemic disrupted our lives in many ways but it was particularly difficult for children as they are in a phase of life where they were just learning social skills. We tried to ensure that their studies, as well as physical and mental growth, continue without problems. I am very proud of the way we came together to identify those who need help and the type of help they needed and ensured it was implemented. We wish to continue the efforts beyond this initiative as well because the smile on their face was rewarding and we are happy to be able to make a positive difference in their lives.”
According to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), in India, at least 1,50,000 children have been orphaned and have lost one parent between April 2020 to 5th June 2021. We support the children with school fees, quality food, and extra-curricular activities to encourage their awareness and creativity. We are hopeful that this initiative will help raise awareness about girl children.