New Delhi: Carlson Hotels Worldwide has entered into a collaboration with Plan India, a non-government organization working for children in adverse circumstances. The hotel group has associated itself with the NGO to work towards ensuring basic rights to the underprivileged and needy children in society.
The tie-up would entail Rs 40 at every guest check out being duly contributed to the Plan India mission. The partnership extends to all Radisson Hotels and Resorts and Country Inns and Suites run under the aegis of the Carlson group in India.
The joint effort initially will focus on four projects of Plan India that will work towards ensuring the rights of children, the objective being towards preventing child labour.
The initiatives supported by the Carlson-Plan partnership include enabling children living on platforms to live with dignity covering the Hazrat Nizamuddin, Faridabad, Agra and Mathura platforms.
A literacy initiative will also be taken for children in a community living at Port of Mumbai; a night shelter for working and street children in Varanasi and a project undertaken in fishing communities of 217 villages in Andhra Pradesh to educate and provide vocational training to the children.
According to Mr K B Kachru, Executive Vice-President, South Asia, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, “We hope to have many more initiatives on the ground as our association with Plan India allows us to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children.”
Govind Nihalani, Film producer and Chairman, Plan India said, “The example set by the hotel group, should be replicated by other corporates stepping forward for the cause.”
Noted film actor, Anil Kapoor who is the Goodwill Ambassador of Plan India also appreciated the coming together of the two organizations and reaffirmed his support, “I am extremely delighted to be able to discharge some of my social responsibilities by participating in a programme that allows deprived children a better future.”
Carlson Hotels Worldwide is the co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation, established by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. It sponsors projects around the world for the betterment of children and was also the first North American travel and hospitality company to sign “the code”, formally known as ”The Code of Conduct to Protect Children Against Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism,” which is an international set of guidelines by which travel and tourism companies have pledged to operate in order to end commercial sex trade in children.