Luke Evans Meets Children Living in Slums in India, Calls Conditions "Heartbreaking;" Leaves Inspired by Save the Children's "Incredible" Impact on Kids in Need
Evans Visited Bulgari-Funded Save the Children Program That So Far Has Reached 155,000 Children Across 245 Schools
Fairfield, CONN. (Dec. 12, 2016) — What if one holiday purchase could help change the world? Could help boost a child’s access to education? Well, in fact it can. Actor and Bulgari Ambassador Luke Evans, recently visited India to see first-hand how the purchase of a Bulgari ring, necklace or bracelet designed for Save the Children directly impacts kids in need.
Since 2009, Save the Children and Bulgari have partnered to raise over million globally through the sale of the Save the Children jewelry collection inspired by the iconic B.zero1 line. The money raised has enabled the delivery of over 100 education programs in 33 countries, and has reached over one million children.
Evans, whose Hollywood blockbusters include The Hobbit, The Girl on the Train and the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast, sat in on a reading class in an education program in Pune funded through the Bulgari partnership. He also engaged with parents and siblings who help their little loved one improve their reading skills outside of school.
With India having the highest number of out-of-school children in the world, Save the Children, with support from Bulgari, is working to give more Indian children the opportunity to go to school, stay in school and get a better education. Thanks to Bulgari, Save the Children has been able to reach nearly 155,000 children across 245 schools – ensuring they receive a quality education and have the best start in life.
Evans also visited an alternative education program for children who live, and often work, on the streets in Mumbai, with little opportunity to go to school. Almost two thirds of the families live in informal slums or squatter colonies. Save the Children works in 10 slums on the outskirts of the Deonar garbage dump – the biggest landfill in Mumbai where the mountains of trash stand more than 65 feet tall.
Here, Evans met young children who spend their days salvaging scraps and other recyclables from the nearby landfill to resell. But they also get an opportunity to learn through a Save the Children-supported mobile learning center. Every day, a school bus that has been converted into a classroom arrives at the slum to provide books and learning activities.
"It’s wrong that there are children growing up today who will never read a book, never write a letter or do basic math," said Evans. "I visited one of the most deprived slum communities in Mumbai, where many children don’t get the chance to go to school. It was heartbreaking to see the terrible conditions that these children live in – the extreme levels of poverty in India have been totally shocking to me."
Since the program began in November 2013, more than 2,500 children have participated in the informal learning center with many children having transitioned and enrolled in a formal school.
Added Evans, "Seeing the impact that Save the Children’s programs are having on the lives of these children is incredible. To see the smiles on their faces when they read and write and know that they’ll have a better life as a result is amazing. I’m so proud to support Save the Children and be an Ambassador for Bulgari – their partnership is making such a big difference to these children’s lives. My visit to India will stay with me forever."
Earlier this year, Evans participated in Bulgari’s #RaiseYourHand campaign, created by photographer Fabrizio Ferri, to benefit Save the Children. Evans joined Meg Ryan and Naomi Watts, among others, in wearing a black and silver ceramic bracelet – the newest addition to Bulgari’s Save the Children jewelry collection – in a stunning series of photos and films.
You can add the bracelet or the entire Save the Children jewelry line to your shopping list and join Evans in making a difference for disadvantaged children this holiday season. Visit http://www.bulgari.com/en-us/save-the-children.
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