The George Foundation tackles various issues, including poverty, gender equality, health, freedom of the press, and lead poisoning prevention. However, the most notable accomplishment of The George Foundation is Shanti Bhavan.
COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect India’s rural population. Many are day laborers who frequently earn less than $2 per day; that income has now dwindled due to government-mandated lockdowns.
COVID-19 has forced Shanti Bhavan to adapt in several new ways. Most importantly, it taught us the value of “smart” classrooms. Last spring, as our children moved to a hybrid model of in-person/virtual classroom instruction, the importance of technology was amplified in their lives.
The world-renown actress, model, chef, cookbook author, and host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation is also a tireless voice of social justice. Padma’s advocacy for positive and inclusive social change inspires us every day.