Sonu Sood has been working round the clock to help people during these tough situations. Recently, he even appealed to the government and NGOs to help provide free educations to children who have lost their parents to Covid. “Children, as young as 8, 10 and 12 years old, have lost a parent and in some […]
Sonu Sood has been working round the clock to help people during these tough situations. Recently, he even appealed to the government and NGOs to help provide free educations to children who have lost their parents to Covid. “Children, as young as 8, 10 and 12 years old, have lost a parent and in some cases, both the parents. I wonder what will happen to their future,” Sood said in a video he posted on Instagram. Sonu Sood’s efforts truly are laudable, and global star, Priyanka Chopra, also thinks so.
Chopra came across the video and applauded Sonu Sood’s efforts. The actress shared Sood’s video on her social media account and wrote a sweet message for the Dabangg star. She wrote, “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 is 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.”
“Firstly, I am inspired that Sonu made this critical observation. Secondly, in the 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.
Union minister Smriti Irani also reacted to Sood’s suggestions and shared a child helpline number on PeeCee’s post. “Kindly call 1098 – Childline in case you or any organisation finds a child who is orphaned. Every state government and district authority is on alert to help provide support to children in need and distress. Every district has been directed to ensure that Child Welfare Committees in the district prioritise such children. Withholding such information would be detrimental to the needs of the child hence my plea,” she wrote.