Save The Children India was born 25 years ago, with a vision of making India a child-friendly nation, and a mission to nurture, educate and guide the growth of vulnerable children and women, thus enabling them to develop into strong, productive citizens. Through innovative initiatives and an impactful approach, Save The Children India upholds its integrity and strives to provide a platform to those in need.
To that end, Save The Children India is committed to preventing exploitation and all other forms of discrimination, thus empowering each of its beneficiaries to lead a life of dignity, self-respect, and independence, and to help them build and sustain a bright future for themselves, and for the country.
The founder, the late Ms. Vipula Kadri has left behind a legacy which only few can match. The organization has won several prestigious awards for being the ‘Best NGO’ in India, and has reached out to over 2,00,000 beneficiaries in the realms of health, education, livelihood and women empowerment.Over the years, the Save The Children India has incorporated the core values that the founder inspired them towards, with an inclination towards Impact, Innovation and Integrity.
All the funds raised through the Marathon will go towards providing access to quality education in urban and rural areas, vocational training to young women and adolescent girls, and a holistic education to mentally challenged and hearing impaired children from less privileged backgrounds.
25 years ago, my grandmother, the late Vipula Kadri started Save the Children India- an organization that envisions India as a child friendly nation. Since then, their interventions in health, womens empowerment and education have reached out to over 2,00,000 less privileged women and children. With programs all over the country, and a strong dedicated team- Save the Children India has grown into a more than just a series of interventions- it is now a dynamic, passionate movement towards a better future.
Almost three years ago, I visited SPARSH, the rural hospital that she began in Sastur following a devastating earthquake in 1993. Today, SPARSH is a rural hospital and community health care service that continues to touch lives through an integrated approach of providing sustainable community health services to the entire Osmanabad and Latur region. It is also on my favorite places in the world. Walking those hallways, and meeting the people that are all living the big, beautiful dream that my grandmother dreamed 25 years ago, is a euphoric feeling of pride, and respect for the legacy that she built towards social change and development.
Today, I'm running the Mumbai Marathon to raise money for Save the Children India because it's a cause that I not only believe in, but that I grew up on, and am always going to be a part of. Save the Children India has touched hundreds of thousands of lives and will continue to do so with the support and backing of its generous funders.