Pune: Beginning in 2011, Lila Poonawalla Foundation (LPF) introduced the ‘2morrow 2gether’ School Project Initiative. Starting with just five schools in its inaugural year, LPF is now working with 19 schools. As the 7th School Scholarship Award Function was held at MFH Hall, Cummins, Balewadi, parents were full of joy.
The new batch of Lila Poonawalla Juniors, the girls who were selected for a 10-year auto scholarship recently for Std 7 till the time they graduate, were awarded the scholarships.
Lila Poonawalla said, “While the Foundation will play an integral role in the development of the girls, the parents too must make sure that the girls’ education remains their top priority so that they not only become financially independent but also contribute to the socio-economic development of this country.”
Talking about her experiences as a Lila Fellow and a social worker and entrepreneur, Sharmila Jain spoke about the values that the foundation inculcated in her through the various training and development programmes, which have helped her transform the lives of those less fortunate than her.
Speaking about the importance of equality in the arts and entertainment industry, renowned actor and model, Viraf Phiroz Patel, talked about how the perception of a woman in the industry has gone on from being a symbol of beauty to a woman of substance. He urged the girls to also take up some form of arts, apart from academics.