Celebrating Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan at Kids at Heart

on 18 February 2016

We met Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan when she paddled with our Dragon Boat team last year. We're honored to celebrate her passion for helping vulnerable families around the world and her accomplishments as co-founder of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation at Kids at Heart. Following is a letter from Bhavna about why she supports Turning Points for Children.


Turning Points is Hope for the Children of Philadelphia

By Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan
I think when looking at an organization, you really need to look at the philosophy and values that drive it. What I really appreciate about Turning Points is that as an organization it does not vilify or diminish families who are struggling in raising their children.
Turning Points see the challenges these families face as problems of poverty and lack of support and options, not as problems of capacity or character. As such, the staff works to empower families and PREVENT the potential fallout, rather than put a band-aid on the aftermath.
Another crucial element for me is always the people: the human capital, those who work daily to manifest the vision of an organization.
When you have people who are fully invested in children and families, who care enough to persist through the obstacles and limits created by a usually apathetic world, then you know the the organization is going to make an impactful difference.
Finally, what it’s ultimately all about; Children. Children deserve a chance. They should have an equal chance to hope and dream and thrive despite the happenstance of birth. Turning Points surrounds families with the resources they need so their children can have that chance. We cannot abandon Philadelphia’s vulnerable children. We cannot turn a blind eye to their situations and struggles. We cannot passively perpetuate the status quo of inequities by ignoring they exist.
Turning Points looks directly and deeply into the eye of the problem, and with respect for the community they serve, they become hope for the children of Philadelphia.
-Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan
Co-Founder M. Night Shyamalan Foundation