Pradeep Nair, one of the staff members is based in Bhopal is on a special mission riding his motorcycle all the way around 6000 kms across 8 states for creating awareness for The Right Start – to spotlight the significance of early education, nutrition, WASH and healthcare for under 5 year olds – the most deprived and marginalised children in India.
Ms. Breeze Trivedi, Member, Child Welfare Committee, Bhopal and Children from Bal Panchayats flagged off his journey from Bhopal today and will across eight states/UTs – Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Goa.
The prolonged pandemic is hopefully receding, however, children’s future still hangs from a loose thread. Loss of education and nutrition, fear of getting infected, concern for an infected relative, loss of family income and the thought of losing a loved one to the virus – children are suffering in different ways and also grappling with mental trauma.
In this context Mr Nair is planning for a solo motorcycle ride for a round trip from Bhopal to Thiruvananthapuram to sensitise larger community to think about children. He will be meeting children and youths (school/colleges) and community at several locations on-route where Save the Children’s projects are running. He will be deviating from 50 – 100 KMs from the main route to accommodate this.
Sanjay Sharma, Deputy Director, West Hub – “I am impressed with the attitude and passion of our team members. The pandemic has been devastating for children especially those in the marginalised communities. As we look forward to build back better, we must focus on the right start for every last child. Majority of brain development happens between 0-6 years, wherein child develops essential behavioural and cognitive functions- habits, language, vision, emotional control and social skills. The early years form the fundamental building blocks of their future health, happiness, growth & development, and learning. Hence the right start is an essential ingredient for holistic development of children”.