July 18, 2016: Following their extreme passion for the cause of educating young girls, two cycling enthusiasts from Mumbai have taken upon a ride from Kanyakumari to Khardungla on a bamboo bike.
Sumeet Paringe (26) and Prisiliya Madan (22) are on a mission to raise funds for girl child education. Extremely passionate about the subject, the two young cyclists have taken up a challenge to collect over Rs five million by spreading awareness about girl child education through their cycling expedition.
The ‘Cyclists for Change’ flagged off their journey on their bamboo bike, last week from Kanyakumari and are expected to ride across 11 states in the next 70 days. Text: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
July 14, 2016: A teenage American girl of Indian origin is lighting up the lives of the underprivileged Indians by distributing LED bulbs bought the money raised by her for the noble cause. Meera Vashisht from Houston, Texas, took it upon herself to raise funds and distribute LED bulbs to the poor people.
While working on her science project as a seventh grader, Meera, a 13-year-old girl, chanced upon the news of Indian government’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) programme. Realising the impact of LED bulbs on the lives of poor and the environment Meera took it upon herself to raise funds for contributing in her own way to the big change.
Meera collected $2,079.51 or approximately Rs 1,40,000, to purchase LED bulbs from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for distributing them to the residents of slum areas of Keshavpuram in Delhi. Text: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
July 5, 2016: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra urged the women to support each other instead of feeling jealous of each other. She urged women for harnessing their entrepreneurship skills and talent.
'Quantico' star Chopra was addressing over 100 adolescents from top schools and over 80 media from Delhi and Haryana, highlighting the need to give a Fair Start to every child.
The Fair Start campaign was unveiled by UNICEF India recently in the backdrop of the global advocacy efforts on Equity for Children. The campaign dwells on persisting inequities that large groups of children in India face, affecting their survival, growth and development.
The #FairStart film gives an insight into the lives of thousands of children from various background, who are full of potential but less likely to grow up healthy and safe, less likely to attend school, less likely to learn, and more likely to be married as children. Photo: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
July 1, 2016: Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals – unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a UNICEF report released on Tuesday.
Three parallel sessions were also held after the launch of UNICEF’s annual flagship report the State of the World’s Children.
The sessions involved children from the Nine is Mine campaign, youth activists from Youth Ki Awaaz and top CSR heads emphasising that everyone has a role to play to make sure that every child can have a fair start in life. The ‘Fair Start’ film, unveiled recently as part of a UNICEF India led social media campaign, was also screened during the launch.
June 29, 2016: The State of the World’s Children, UNICEF’s annual flagship report, paints a stark picture of what is in store for the world’s poorest children if governments, donors, businesses and international organizations do not accelerate efforts to address their needs.
“Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures – by fueling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided.” Photo: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia