In many ways, I feel blessed. As a child, I was surrounded by a loving family, friends and mentors. Their support, along with the unconditional love of sports fans worldwide, helped me achieve my dream of playing for India and winning the World Cup for our nation.
The tremendous support I received over the years from all of you has made me who I am today. Now in my second innings, I want to give back to the nation which I served proudly. The Foundation is a platform I have envisioned to bring together people, institutions and resources who are passionate about bringing a social change.
We often speak about making the world a better place for our children. By focussing on children’s health, education and sports – we can create a positive difference to their present and future. This Foundation attempts to serve children and give them a better tomorrow.
The Foundation is a baby step in continuing my contribution to society. By working together, we can create a difference. Let’s nurture a billion dreams and let our youth excel.
- Sachin Tendulkar
Sport does not differentiate once we enter the arena. It’s a level-playing field that allows everyone to flourish and prepares the individuals for various life skills. Sports as a leveller teaches us how to deal with success and failure. It keeps the mind and body healthy. An early introduction to sports keeps children fit and active and helps them become healthier and happier adults. We are particularly invested and interested in sports programmes that will improve the lives of children who are economically challenged and have no or limited access to sports facilities and infrastructure.
An inclusive world is a better world. There is no better place to adopt this than municipal schools. Each child is different and special – and that should also reflect in how they are being taught. Learning Disability needs awareness and attention. The Foundation aims to work with institutions that focus on special learning needs of children who come from under-privileged sections of society.
Right nutrition and preventive healthcare can ensure the wellbeing of children. Medical science has also made it possible to cure a range of ailments. Children born in families without the means and resources should be able to get access to healthcare as well. We work with institutions and municipal hospitals that provide quality healthcare at affordable costs to the needy.
SRCC Children’s Hospital combines paediatric medical experience with state-of-the-art facilities to ensure affordable, quality medical care for infants, children and adolescents. We have partnered with them since they also cater to the middle and lower-middle class who can’t always afford appropriate medical care for their children. We along with SRCC Hospital wish to ease their financial burden so that critical care can continue where required.
A child with an unidentified learning disability is likely to suffer ill-treatment due to misunderstanding caused by the ailment. Our foundation together with Mimaansa, which works in municipal schools, aims to enable the development of such children who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We have partnered with Mimaansa since they screen and diagnose the children in their regional languages. This assists in timely diagnosis and increases the reach of the program. Along with Mimaansa, we seek to diagnose and improve the lives of children who are suffering from learning disability.
With a basketball excellence program called ‘Hope through Hoops’, Hi-5 foundation enables children to master the game of basketball. Taking up the sport, children develop character, confidence and team spirit to excel in life. By concentrating on achieving merit in a sport, children excel in life-skills. They become disciplined about their habits and develop a positive outlook in life to being kind and respectful to others. The sports qualification further paves a way for quality education and allows them an opportunity to earn a livelihood.
Ekam Foundation Mumbai endeavours to provide financial assistance for child healthcare to the underprivileged sections of the society in government and economical trust hospitals. We aim to work with Ekam, leveraging their outreach to benefit children and their parents by providing them with financial assistance that aids in paying their medical expenses.
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