By Faz Zia
International award-winning actress Rekha Rana who has represented India on many national and international platforms like Cannes, Cameroons and Braintree film festival, has arrived in Mumbai for shooting for a documentary with Princess Francoise Sturdza in Mumbai.
Princess Francoise Sturdza runs a non-profit organization called ‘Heart for India Foundation’ in Chennai. Rekha Rana is the World ambassador for the Heart for India foundation along with Chef Vineet Bhatia.
‘Heart for India Foundation’ is a non-political, non-governmental and non-religious organization which is helping underprivileged children from 3-18 years of age with access to education and are currently providing education to more than 3000 kids in Tamil Nadu.
When asked Rekha about her involvement in this project she said; “The main reason for being involved with this organization is the purpose that they are working for. We know that there is alot of inequality in the society that we live in and trying to help in closing this gap is more like an honour to me…”
When asked about the challenges that they face the Tara actress said, “Yes there are some setbacks but that is there in everything that we do but what is important is that we do not give in to them and continue moving forward.”
“The main objective as an organisation is to help the less fortunate people to try and live the same life like any other children in the world. We look into their education, health, help them build their confidence and educate them about the human rights which they too can use and take advantage of.”
Rekha was very happy to shoot with Princess Francoise Sturdza for the documentary in Mumbai.
India is the largest democracy in the world with 1.3 billion inhabitants. It is an amazing country with smiling people, a rich history, a fascinating culture and a delicious cuisine. However, it is a country where poverty, malnutrition, inequalities, insecurity and corruption are rife.
Created by Princess Françoise Sturdza, Heart for India Foundation is a non-political, non-governmental and non-religious organization. Nelson Mandela said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and this is exactly what reflects the daily work of Heart for India. In order to cut the cycle of poverty, the Foundation is helping underprivileged children from 3 to 18 years old to access to Education. Additionally, the two Training Centers sponsored by HFI offer a unique opportunity to young women to get an official diploma and find long-term jobs.
In 2005, Heart for India started its work in a Government School in the suburbs of Chennai. Since then, the Foundation has grown step by step and built a winning model based on the following method: to link Education with Nutrition, to identify and solve serious problems related to Health & Hygiene, Security & Safety and Environment.
The results are self-explanatory: the children’s success rate has come from 40% to more than 90%. This is one of the reasons why the Government has nominated our Schools as “Model” for the entire country. Regarding the two Professional Training Centers, our rate of success reaches 98%. Every year, 130 young women who already pass their Standard XII receive their professional diplomas and 100% of them find a job. That’s how they get out of the poverty.