The National Secretary and CEO of Twinkle Foundation, Barkha Gurunath Patnaik was recently awarded with Karamveer Chakra Award by IIT Delhi and United Nation, for saving lives of children. Twinkle Foundation is India’s largest youth movement against child trafficking and child slavery started by Yash Gourkhede which has rescued thousands of children from trafficking.
Barkha said “Being the youth of this country I feel responsible towards my Nation’s future. Twinkle Foundation completely changed my life when I saw a youngster (Yash Gourkhede) of my age is rescuing the children from trafficking and putting his life into threatening situation, inspired me.
I joined the revolution which was slowly becoming India’s largest youth movement against child trafficking and abuse. My journey from a volunteer to the CEO-National Secretary recognized with Karmaveer Chakra 2019 is unbelievable.
I just want to thank my team mates, my organization Twinkle Foundation and my father for not cutting my wings and for letting me fly.I request the youth of this country to break the silence and not wait for anyone to be the change, you yourself can do a bit to revolutionize the country”.
From last three years, Twinkle Foundation has provided rehabilitation to 15,000 children and saved hundreds of children from the clutches of human and child traffickers. The team has also been recognized with many national and international awards. The organization is also starting a residential school for the children to give them a better future and the motto of the team is to create a world where every child is free to be a child.
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