From last three years, Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar is supporting Abhyudaya Ashram, a residential school in Madhya Pradesh that offers education for abandoned, socially backward and deprived children, including girls rescued from prostitution. The Morena-based school established in 1992 to fight the prostitution of girls now has expanded into housing boys too.
The actor discovered this school when she visited to shoot her film Sonchiriya. In no time, Bhumi was deeply moved and instantly connected with their cause.
After the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Bhumi associated herself with the school by constructing toilets and a hostel. At the time of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, where social distancing and self-isolation is a key to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the 30-year-old has devoted her time to educate hundreds of children of this institute.
According to sources, the Dum Laga Ke Haisha actor has been making video calls with each kid and guiding them all about the dos and don’ts during this time of crisis and also how to identify the symptoms of ill people.
During this time of lockdown, maintaining good mental health is also of utmost importance. Bhumi feels spending time with these kids will add a layer of human interaction in their lives when they can’t step out of their institute. She has also been speaking to the faculty members to understand if the kids are doing perfectly fine. She has been speaking to the parents of these kids too and telling them how to fight the pandemic within their community.
Bhumi said, “The terms social distancing and self-isolation needs to be hammered into the minds of every individual of this vast country because such things are a privilege in a densely populated nation like ours. I decided that I will speak to all the children and the faculty and authorities of the institute through video calling facilities to discuss about COVID-19 and the threat it poses to every one of us.”
“I have been speaking to each and every member of the ashram and telling them about the dos and don’ts at this time of crisis. I intend to keep as many of my near and dear ones safe and protected as possible, and I’m hoping they will spread this message within their communities. The risk is high currently and we all have to do our bit to battle coronavirus and stop it from spreading further,” the actor added.