The concept of Empower Orphans was ideated by Neha Gupta in 2005, when she was only nine years old. It is a tradition within the Gupta family to celebrate family birthdays by taking food and gifts to orphaned children in the family’s Indian hometown. Since an early age, Neha has participated in this tradition during her trips to India from the United States.
When Neha was nine years old, the harsh reality of the orphaned children’s prospects hit Neha hard. She realized that there was no one in the world that really loved the orphans and they could not get a good education as they did not have the means to purchase school books. Instead of just feeling empathy towards them, she took action and decided that she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of the orphans.
Neha has raised more than $1000000 thus far. Majority of the funds were raised by making and selling wine charms at community events, through friends and family, and by going door to door in various neighborhoods. Additionally a number of corporate sponsors have donated gifts in kind.
She has won numerous awards for her efforts, including: World of Children Award, Kohls Cares, Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Huggable Heroes, Caring Institute Hall of Fame, Power Of Children Award, Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award; Great Friend to Kids Award; Wachovia’s 2008 National Philanthropic Award; Bronze Medal for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award; Philadelphia 76ers Hometown Hero Award; as well as becoming a finalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2008 and 2009 Citizen of the Year.
Empower Orphans is a grassroots campaign aimed at improving the lives of orphaned and/or abandoned children globally. The goal of improving the lives of orphans is to be achieved by:
We require individuals like you – individuals who can and will translate empathy into action, by providing orphaned children the opportunity to help themselves, and be treated with the equality they deserve.
Empower Orphans is powered by your passion; it works because of you! Create a community among your family and friends, your company, place of worship or school. Together, you can spread the word, raise funds, and share your stories.
With the money you raise, we will purchase the items or services that are required by the orphans. All material is given directly to the orphans rather than to the orphanage administrators. We have found that this is the most effective way for your help to reach the orphans directly. On a regular basis, our team in India works with the administrators of the orphanage and checks on the well being and requirements of the orphans.
Not every person is able to adopt an orphaned or abandoned child, but EVERYONE is able to help care for one and make a difference in his/her life. Did you know that as little as $50 could educate a child for an entire year?