The producers of Slumdog Millionaire announced today that they were going to donate some serious money to help children living in the Mumbai slums.
The filmmakers decided to take $742,000 and create a five-year program aimed at providing healthcare and education for children living in the slums. They joined forces with international child development organization called Plan.
Danny Boyle released a statement saying, "Having benefited so much from the hospitality of the people of Mumbai it is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city in areas where it is needed most and where it can make a real difference to some lives.”
In addition to the money donated, a separate trust called the “Jai Ho” trust was established for the film’s two youngest stars Rubina Ali, who played the young Latika, and Asharuddin Mohammed, who played young Salim. The trust will ensure they will grow up with proper education and housing.
Plan UK's chief executive Marie Staunton said in a statement, "Slumdog Millionaire has shown audiences around the world a snapshot of what life is like for one in six people on the planet. Education really is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so we will focus the funds on getting children into school, keeping them there and ensuring they are healthy."
What an amazing thing to do! Slumdog touched the lives of so many people this year, and continues to do so.