“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
When Radhika Batra, the Founder and President of Every Infant Matters met Sinchita Dutta Roy, Johnson & Johnson delegate from India, at the One Young World summit at The Hague in 2018 – little did they know of the future partnership opportunities!
Post the 2018 OYW summit, Sinchita associated herself with The Robin Hood Army(RHA) - a volunteer based, zero-funds organization that works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community to serve less fortunate people.
While meals provide energy & focus, education is an important impetus for a secure future!
Robin Hood Academy is the engine to drive education. They empower 7000+ street children with basic primary education. The Robins(RHA volunteers) conduct regular weekend classes and excursions with a standardized curriculum to introduce and drive the spirit of learning.
Radhika, founder & CEO of Every Infant matter’s (EIM)– was also the Johnson & Johnson scholar from India! With EIM’s mission is to serve disadvantaged women and children by providing last mile health solutions – synergies between the 2 organizations were clear.
Having served more than 25,120 children with Vitamin A to save them from going blind, in India & Nigeria, Radhika was looking for geographical expansions within the country.
With RHA serving more than 7000 impoverished kids, it made sense to launch the collaboration between RHA X EIM – to help increase access!
Under the partnership, RHA conducted the first health camp in Mumbai (EIM’s first in west India) which reached more than 60 slum kids from Andheri east – where Vitamin A capsules and deworming tablets were distributed.
The mothers were particularly delighted about this camp as they mentioned how their kids often complained about tummy aches.
Given the living conditions of the kids, this camp was much needed as access to essential medicines is non-existent – especially when some of them do not go to school due to financial constraints & often have only 1 meal a day!