Letter From Gautam Gambhir

“Hope,” Beethoven cried, “you forge the heart into steel.” Hope is confidence. Hope is determination. Hope is courage. And faith is the ultimate expression of hope. Belief fortifies the heart.

Events that completely alter the way we perceive our life and goals are hardly ever pre-empted. I distinctly remember the day my life goals shifted. It was a beautiful summer morning and I had picked up the newspaper to read along with my coffee. The front page was splashed with gut-wrenching pictures of daughters of two CRPF men killed in the Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh. While in one picture the daughter was saluting her martyred father, the other was a picture of a grief-stricken young girl being consoled by her relatives. The imageries devastated me. I felt the pain in their eyes and wondered if I could do something worthwhile for them, as a tribute to their fathers who laid down their lives for our safety. In a moment of epiphany I realised I can, by translating this emotion into action.

This gave birth to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation (GGF), and I vow to reach out to as many children of martyrs as possible to empower them to fulfill their dreams; dreams their proud fathers would have cherished for them. While this program remains the key project our foundation undertakes, we have also identified other areas that we felt needed immediate intervention. This includes working with adolescent girls from underprivileged homes in generating awareness on nutrition, health and hygiene.

We will also provide them nutritious food. Last but not the least, we aim to plant unlimited trees in our cities to clean the air and give our future generation a better, healthy place free of respiratory diseases. These areas of work have been chosen with careful consideration and research, focusing on critical issues where not much work has been undertaken. We need your support in making a bigger mark on the lives of the children and the environment they breathe in.