Actor Priyanka Chopra is a household name, known within the country and also as the leading Indian face in Hollywood. She’s best recognised for her role as the FBI-recruit in Quantico and for her highly publicised marriage to Nick Jonas but not enough is said about her philanthropic efforts. For over a decade, she has covered educational and medical expenses for children in India through her namesake charity, the Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education.
I can’t eradicate poverty, but least for the people around me, I can help make sure no child is denied a dream.
Around 10 years ago, Priyanka learned that her family’s housekeeper, who had two children, a boy and a girl, educated the former but not the latter. When she found out, Priyanka paid for the girl’s tuition. It motivated her to set up the foundation, to which she contributes 10 percent of her earnings. “Education has always been very important to me,” she told USA Today. “It means you don’t have to depend on anyone else.” She also said that her late father, Dr Ashok Chopra, inspired her. “He instilled confidence in me, and that doesn’t happen for so many kids. I can’t eradicate poverty, but least for the people around me, I can help make sure no child is denied a dream.”
Priyanka is also an ambassador for Girl Rising, a global campaign for female education, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. In 2010, she became UNICEF’s National Ambassador, where her role involved spreading awareness of children’s needs.