Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina is gearing up for his 34th birthday, which would be held on Friday, November 27. Meanwhile, he has big plans for his birthday, as he reportedly aims to help 34 schools, in association with his NGO, Gracia Raina Foundation (GRF).
Raina has pledged that he would provide sanitation, along with proper drinking water facilities to 34 government schools across Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi-NCR, ensuring decent hygiene for 10,000 children. The initiative would also be supported by Yuva Unstoppable, as he also strives at emphasising to RightAGE, a program on adolescent reproductive and sexual health, besides having smart classes in these schools.
According to a media release by GRF:
Raina along with his wife Priyanka, co-founders of the Gracia Raina Foundation kicked off his birthday week by inaugurating the upgraded drinking water facility, separate toilets for boys and girls, hand washing, dishwashing area and smart classrooms at Govt Composite Middle School, Noor Nagar Sihani, Ghaziabad as part of the joint project of Gracia Raina Foundation and Yuva Unstoppable. The couple also donated ration kits to 500 mothers from under privileged backgrounds.
“It brings me immense joy to celebrate my 34th birthday with this initiative. Every child deserves quality education, this includes their right to have access to safe and clean drinking water and toilet facilities in schools. I hope we can contribute to this with Gracia Raina Foundation collaborating with Yuva Unstoppable. It is truly humbling to see the upgraded facilities benefiting thousands of kids. This is an excellent start and we look forward to transforming many more schools in the future. There was no better way I could have celebrated my birthday, it was a truly heartwarming experience.” stated an emotional Suresh Raina.
Through the Gracia Raina Foundation, the Raina’s will spearhead the Right Age Program which is targeted at adolescent girls and will also impart scientific knowledge through reproductive health workshops. The young couple will also closely work with the students in four schools in their hometown Muradnagar, including those which were attended by Priyanka and Suresh themselves.
Suresh Raina has been associated with the cleanliness Mission Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he was nominated by PM Modi in 2014 to be the Swachh Bharat Ambassador in UP.
Priyanka Raina expressed her joy on the announcement and said, “We at Gracia Raina Foundation are working with the women and children, in these 34 schools as we upgrade their basic sanitation facilities. We also look forward to conducting our adolescence and reproductive health program- RightAGE. This is one of the first steps towards ensuring an adequate and apt reproductive health education for adolescents. It aims to be a comprehensive guide that highlights the dos and don’ts of reproductive health.”
Talking about the celebrations, Amitabh Shah founder of Yuva Unstoppable said: “Giving back while you celebrate is truly noble and inspiring. I am extremely impressed with Suresh Raina and Priyanka Raina’s commendable work to empower women and children. We are looking forward to working with Gracia Raina Foundation to upgrade better wash and sanitation facilities in schools.”