My name is POONAM AGARWAL. I am a member of the Rotary Club of Chandigarh.
I have undertaken this campaign because I think it is important that every child understands the importance of health and good practices about how the human body works from that perspective. Children from low-income homes who go to govt schools in Chandigarh and surrounding areas often lack exposure academically and practically to such education and information - health education is not taught scientifically and practically. COVID has actually taught us a lot about basic health practices and I was intrigued when I learned about the Health Education Centre concept.
This is a very innovative center that exposes children to concepts about the human body and health and gets them to learn in sync with their school syllabus. It will take care of the gap that GOVT schools and other schools have where they do not have the necessary resources and teachers to provide exposure to their students when it comes to health.
Through this campaign, we at the Rotary Club of Chandigarh are committed to setting up India's first Health Education Centre in Chandigarh. The center will have world-class facilities with exhibits and models sourced from around the world. This will be an eye-opener for these students. The teachers and staff at the center will be well-qualified and will be trained at the McMillen Health Centre, the USA which already has such a center running.
This will have a transformational effect on the learning experience of children in the years to come and impact the quality of their health, and the quality of their education and enhance their interest in learning. This center will cost 2 crore INR in total to set up and over a 10-year period is forecast to impact approx 5L children. (The number estimated is about 70K to 1L per year. However, there will be children who visit more than once over a 10-year period). That works out to a meagre amount of INR 40 per child. So if you fund INR 4000 you potentially impact 100 children. Similarly, INR 40000 impacts 1000 children over a 10-year ago.
Please fund my campaign as a simple act of kindness on your part can have a profound impact on the lives of thousands of students in the years to come. Let us come together to impact the lives of the NEXT GENERATION.