“Our idea for opening up ‘Pink Shield’ stemmed from this idea to empower women. It would so happen that a couple of us school alumni coupled with a few kalari payattu teachers and some entrepreneurs would come together to make that happen. We started with a self defence campaign for women. It started with one school and then slowly progressed to few other schools in and around Cochin.
From there, we started to dwell into other charity and community development programs like offering relief supplies during the floods, offering stationery supplies to a few orphanages in ernakulam to help the kids before school reopened and also offering toys to an orphanage. Ever since the pandemic hit, education had moved to a virtual platform so we arranged for a few mobile phones for tribal kids in Wayanad. We have also worked on providing television sets to a few families for educational purposes and this year we built a room for a single mother and now we are taking care of expenses.
Currently we are providing support to a patient of hereditary sensory motor neuropathy as she is 100 percent dependent and needs help with everything. One of our latest initiatives is a drive to collect old and used hearing aids to enable their donation to the needy. The team commenced its operations in the year of 2017 and we had ourselves registered ourselves as a trust in the year of 2020. All through this, I can only say that, an act of kindness no matter how small will always go a long way in helping someone in need. Since we offer in person support and follow through on all our projects, even the people donating have an idea of where their funds are used; and if there is a surplus, they are informed about that too.
Help doesn’t have to be grandiose and donations don’t have to be extraordinary. Acts of kindness create an endless ripple and it goes to say that, we witness it everyday in our work – when people come and offer support in the most amazing ways.”