Luigi Ferrante, an Italian TV and movie writer-director, has contributed heavily to the transformation of many villages in Bengaluru.
Story so far: The 56-year-old Italian first visited India in 1994 in devotion to Sathya Sai Baba. So far, he has aided the development of 17 schools in Ramanagara and Channapatna taluks through the construction of school buildings as well as the distribution of stationery and other essentials to over 1,500 students every year. This is financially aided by a trust in Italy that has about 250 contributors including journalists and actors.
- Ferrante’s trust spends roughly ₹15 to 20 lakh every year to aid the education of students belonging to the local schools.
- The Headmaster of one of the government schools in Channapatna town also stated that the Italian encourages students aspiring to pursue higher education by giving them laptops.
Enthusiastic philanthropist: In addition to supporting the education of thousands of students in these villages, Ferrante has installed toilets in old-age homes and personally transferred patients with serious ailments to bigger cities for treatment.
- With the help of the Karnataka government, Ferrante has also acquired four acres of land to establish a pediatric hospital, canteen, and school in Koornagere village.