Arun’s story – a gift to shape a nation

Born in India, Arun considers himself lucky to have made a new life for himself in Australia.

After growing up in Bombay, Arun is no stranger to hardship.

“The country we were raised in is so poverty stricken. We don’t have kids of our own and we wanted to give back. To better the lives of kids already on the planet. “

Arun believes education is the key to solving poverty in India. For this reason, he and his wife are leaving their whole estate to Plan International Australia.

“If you educate the kids, we can change the face of India. There is nothing more powerful to change the future of a nation than educating the next generation.

“For girl children in particular, education will go a long way to removing the stigma that goes along with being a girl child.”

When Arun and his wife came to Australia in 1998, it was not easy for them to establish themselves in a new country.

“We came with two suitcases and nothing else. We lived in a tiny granny flat as students. We worked really hard... I used to sit up late into the night applying for jobs.”

It took many years and a lot of hard work but Arun and his wife slowly prospered. They eventually decided to sponsor a child in India with Plan International.

“We chose Plan International because we knew they were active in India and we wanted to help the kids there.

“We had the good fortune of coming to a better life. We eat better food, breathe cleaner air and drink cleaner water. If we can extend that back to kids in India, then let’s do that.”

He encourages others to consider leaving a gift in their Will to Plan International Australia.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you are not just living for yourself but you are making a difference to future generations.”

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“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you are not just living for yourself but you are making a difference to future generations.”

Arun wants to help lift a nation out of poverty by educating its children. That is why he and his wife are leaving their entire estate to Plan International Australia.