Katrina Kaif finds purpose in educating the girl child; takes on a school in Madurai


In 2003 when the London-based model made it to India with her debut movie 'Boom', she caught many eyeballs. Today, 15 years later, Katrina Kaif is a Bollywood darling. Amid her films and modeling, the actress has been supporting an NGO called Relief Projects India (RPI) in Tamil Nadu along with her mother Suzanne Turquotte.

Katrina with her mother Suzanne Turquotte, Source: Rediff

The actor believes education is the first step for girls, and is working with school authorities to promote the idea among geographies in and around Mount View school in Madurai. Along with her mother, Katrina has been following up on the overall development of the school and actively promoting girl-child education. She has also contributed a part of her earnings from films and reality shows to the school. In a conversation with Deccan Chronicle, she says,

I have the most wonderful example for taking up social causes. My mother, who is a teacher, has always been involved in different charitable causes. She has been working with the Mount View school in Madurai, where the teachers are all from the local community and are trained by her. That’s why I have been associated with a NGO — Educate Girls.
Katrina and her mother at the school, Source: Midday

The actress further says that she intends to serve a larger cause of benefitting an entire society. "It is about changing mindsets of people. We do hear about it in metros, but it’s not the same in rural India,” she adds.

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According to Midday, an undisclosed source says that,

Katrina loves the work her mother is doing and posts about it on social media sometimes. However, she doesn't like to bring her contributions to attention. Since she is busy with her film commitments and hence cannot always visit the place, she donates money.

Through the finance received from the actor, the school has been hosting hemoglobin check up camps for nursery kids. The school also provides education in English, which helps the otherwise underprivileged children.

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