Helping Children in need

Philanthropy for Childrens and Slum Kids

Poverty is taking your children to the hospital and spending the whole day waiting with no one even taking your name–and then coming back the next day, and the next, until they finally get around to you. 
Janice Bradshaw

The global success of the recent multi Oscar winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has brought the plight of slum kids in India to the rest of the world. Following this a lot of charitable organizations  including FundaKohli foundation, arte talking up several initiatives to help these underprivileged slum kids and bring smile on their faces.

But Tej Kohli is not content with only helping the poor and needy in his adopted home of Costa Rica. Based on the Japanese business principle of Kaizan (or “continuous improvement”), FundaKohli is now targeting issues close to its CEO’s heart: child poverty in India.

Following the recent success of the internationally-acclaimed multiple Oscar-winning movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, the issue of Indian child poverty has returned to the forefront of popular consciousness. However, Tej Kohli fully intends to keep it there, whilst at the same time taking steps to ensure practical aid reaches those in need of it.

“As of this month onwards, I am proud to announce that FundaKohli will be investing $1 million per month to help poor and disadvantaged children gain access to better food and clean drinking water, better educational opportunities and overall improved living conditions. This is to help them – and their families – break the cycle of poverty which has enslaved them from cradle to grave. A poverty which leads to a lack of choice.”

In spite of his multiple business interests worldwide, Kohli will be taking a “hands-on” approach to the distribution of these funds, ensuring that every cent is used brings the maximum effect where it is intended.

With this in mind, the Foundation is keen to follow in the footsteps of philanthropic organizations such as the Udayan Children’s Fund (run by former Australian Cricket captain Steve Waugh, its patron), which treats deprived children suffering from leprosy. He helped to raise over $200,000 to support his fund , which allows young girls to live for a year in Udayan (at Titagarh near Kolkata), away from potential infection – and in a healthy and loving environment.

Waugh is also the driving force behind the Navitas-Steve Your browser may not support display of this image. Waugh Education Trust, a charitable fund which provides financial support to under-privileged children and gives them access to a better education.

Another source of inspiration to Tej Kohli is the work of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their Avahan initiative, the aim of which is to reduce the spread of HIV in India.

There’s also the valuable work undertaken by CHAI, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative(run by former US President Bill Clinton and US Senator Hillary Clinton) which, with 33.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the world (over 90% of whom live in developing countries), enables access to treatment and preventative education, access to which may not have otherwise been available in the developing world.