Actor Sonu Sood recently made a video appealing to the central and state governments and humanitarian organizations to secure the future of the children who have lost their parents to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second wave of the pandemic is claiming thousands of Indian lives each day and many children are turning orphans. Sood raised this issue and received support from actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Calling Sood a visionary philanthropist, she supported his idea and also promised to actively work towards the same and also encouraged other institutes and philanthropists to do the same.
“Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague Sonu Sood is one such. He thinks and plans ahead. Think this one out carefully because the impact is long-term and it involves children-amongst the many horror stories of the pandemic, this regarding those children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. The disruption, for many, sadly leads to a complete stop in their education due to the combination of loss and economic factors due to that loss,” Priyanka wrote in a long statement in response to Sood’s video.
“Firstly, I am inspired that Sonu made this critical observation. Secondly, in typical Sonu style, he has also thought of a solution and come up with some suggestions for action. Sonu’s suggestion is to both the state and central governments to ensure free education for all children affected by Covid. Whatever stage of studies they are at-school, college, or pursuing higher studies. The aim is not to allow a pause and definitely not for the lack of finance. If ignored, a huge number of children would be left without the opportunity as adults,” she added.
“For those outside govt. I appeal to your compassion combined with generosity and be the philanthropists, knock on institute doors or anyone who can help to make an impact that will matter. Adopt the education of a child if you can. I fully support Sonu’s ideas and I will actively work towards finding ways to support education because I have always believed that #educationforeverychild is a birthright,”she concluded.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 3, 2021
Responding to Chopra Jonas’ tweet, Sood wrote, “Thanks a ton Priyanka for your support. I promise we will make this happen.”
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