Known for her humanitarian works, Bollywood star Jaqueline Fernandez has geared up for another initiative. She has joined hands with Habitat for Humanity India, a global non-profit organisation, to build houses for the flood-affected families in Chennai. Despite her busy schedule, the actress found time and flew down to Chennai for a day.
She visited Padappai village and participated in the construction process, along with the local community and over 300 volunteers, who had assembled from across India. In an interview with DC, she opens about her campaign ‘Jaqueline Builds’, and her interest to act in South Indian films.
The actress, who has been instrumental in spreading awareness and raising funds for the relief work says, “Being affiliated with Habitat for Humanity for five years has helped me to create the project ‘Jaqueline Builds’, and for the past two-and-a-half months, we have been working to help rehabilitate flood victims of Tamil Nadu. We’ve got a fantastic response from donors and volunteers and it’s been a successful initiative.”
“This is just a beginning of what we can achieve — housing and shelter is a very important initiative for me,” she says adding, “Hrithik Roshan has been really generous by sponsoring an entire house for a family.” Jacqueline also met the affected families and interacted with them, giving them strength and a new hope for a better future.
So, how does she balance acting and humanitarian work? “It is not easy to balance time in any field you are in. Usually, people don’t consider charitable work as an essential or important thing to do.
However, this year I’ve consciously made effort to do some work and this is my first project so far. I’m planning to engage in three more similar projects,” says Jacqueline, who is also a part of UN Global Goals campaign....