“You can help them now by supporting Save the Children"
A host of Bollywood celebrities have turned storytellers with Save the Children during the nationwide lockdown.
Currently, many countries across the globe have been imposed by the limitation lockdown.
During this uncertain time, a myriad of new material has been made available for children to help keep them engaged in creative ways.
In this instance, the online cultural race has switched to another medium of engagement: children’s storytelling.
Bollywood actress and artist ambassador of Save the Children, Dia Mirza and Soha Ali Khan took to social media to read their stories.
They have joined Hollywood stars Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in reciting their favourite children’s story through #SaveWithStories.
Taking to Instagram, Dia Mirza read Shel Silverstein’s story titled, ‘The Giving Tree’ (1964). She captioned the video:
“While our kids will stay safely in your home, many children who live on the fringes of society without shelter or protection, leaving them more vulnerable and exposed than ever.
“The story I have chosen is dedicated to those children across the world. We can HELP Children in India now by supporting @savethechildren_india @savewithstories who will continue to reach children at risk of disease and infection through their programmes.
“It’s simple, #SavewithStories – grab a tale for kids that inspired you when you were young or a story you discovered as I did looking for good books to share with children, put out a book reading video on a post or a story and ask your friends to #SlowTheCurve by donating at https://support.savethechildren.in/save-with-stories/”
“I nominate @sakpataudi @nehadhupia @varundvn @bipashabasu @gulpanag @karanjohar to pick up and read their favourite story for children.”
Soha Ali Khan also took to Instagram to share her favourite children’s story. During her storytelling session, she read Alison McGhee’s, ‘Someday’ (2007). She captioned the video:
“We all know the importance of health, hygiene and safety, especially in today’s circumstances.”
“But, we can all #SlowtheCurve by thinking beyond our immediate circle and for the care of others – especially the children who live on the fringes of society without shelter and are at greater risk today.
“You can help them now by supporting Save the Children who will continue to reach children at risk of disease and infection through their programmes.
“I dedicate the story, Someday to all those children around India with #SavewithStories and nominate @konkona @nehadhupia @sophiechoudry @tarasharmasaluja and @shikhatalsania to pick up and read their favourite story for children.
“It’s simple, grab a tale for kids that inspired you when you were young, put out a book reading a video on a post or a story and #SlowTheCurve by donating at www.savethechildren.in/savewithstories #day8 #lockdown”
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic bringing daily life to a halt, celebrities and the rest of the population are joining the viral moment in harmony.
This trend of children’s storytelling has transcended the celebrity domain to social media personalities who are also taking part in the storytelling.
Save the Children works in 120 countries. In India, the initiative works across 20 states.
They help with issues related to health, education, protection and humanitarian requirements of children particularly for the most marginalised and deprived.
#SavewithStories, an initiative of Save the Children, aims to support deprived and marginalised children with access to nutrition, health services, education and social protection.
The association has worked with India for over 80 years and they continue to help children with the support of Bollywood stars.