AB de Villiers to mentor underprivileged children in India
Legendary South African cricketer AB de Villiers has teamed up with ‘Make a Difference’ (MAD), a well-known Indian NGO for disadvantaged kids, to help underprivileged kids realise their potential for a profession.
De Villiers, who has played for IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and captained South Africa in all three formats, has joined up to donate his time for MAD. The NGO has created a prosperity model that it uses with children from the age of 10 up until they are 28 years old and settle down in life with steady income levels. It works with children in India who require care and safety.
Commenting on his association, de Villiers said:
“India has been incredibly kind to me over the years, and I am always looking for ways to give something back. I am happy to be associated with MAD and will mentor two young people supported by the team. The NGO offers consistent support to children born into extremely difficult circumstances until they break the cycle of poverty. Their work is incredible.”
De Villiers will mentor two recipients over the course of the first six months of his volunteer work; Ayan, 18, from Lucknow, who recently finished high school and hopes to play cricket at the under-19 level and possibly for India. And Anitha, 21, who currently enrolled in a journalism programme in Bangalore.
Talking about the process, Jithin Nedumala, co-founder and CEO, MAD said:
“The uniqueness of our model lies in its being volunteer-driven. And also we simply delighted at having a global sporting icon like AB de Villiers supporting us. Mr. 360, as he fondly known in India. Also his support for our organisation will further strengthen our resolve to help children in need of care and protection.”