Pragna Lal visited the “March for our Lives”, an event held in Boston to end gun violence in the USA after which she showed curiosity to her parents over the event and suggested to help. She went into a long conversation with her parents on how to address the problem of depression and loneliness in kids. With small support, she along with her family launched the Friendship Week, an online-only event in 2018. The aim was to get ten families to do some activities with their kids and discuss the importance of friendship. After the event, many advocacy groups approached her for partnering to spread the word around the globe. The event was joined by over 200 families from Australia, India, Israel, US, Canada, and Mexico. This helped Pragna to realize her dream and she decided to expand this event to a global scale. This year, she was targeting to reach over 10,000 families to celebrate Friendship week in the second week of November. She has already had commitment from 100 schools and few organizations to spread FriendshipWeek to more than 100,000 participants.
Our big promise at FriendshipWeek is to help everyone, no matter who, learn more about how cool and different we all are! We want to make sure everyone gets a fair chance to enjoy, celebrate friendship, learn, make friends. We love teaching you how to be nice to everyone, no matter where they come from or what they look like. We hope that you can take what you learn from us and share it with your friends at home, at school, and in your neighborhood! We dream of a time when all kids understand that being different is awesome! We hope for a world where everyone is kind, understand others, and respects everyone’s unique stories and cultures. We want everyone to feel like they belong and are important. Our biggest wish is to see a world full of friends who celebrate each other’s differences! Join us in this mission to make this possible!