HONOREE Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta empowers disadvantaged and orphaned children in India and beyond with basic literacy and technology skills to prepare them for the future.

Neha began volunteering in orphanages while visiting her grandparents in India when she was only 9 years old. Realizing that these orphans were neither receiving a proper education nor the love and guidance of a parent, she was moved to do more. This is when she founded Empower Orphans, a nonprofit that strives to help orphaned and underprivileged children gain a basic education and become productive members of society.

Challenge

Millions of children around the world lack support and protection. Without a family, shelter, or care, children are left to fend for themselves, often missing out on the opportunity to get an education.

Solution

The main goal of Empower Orphans is to elevate the well being of orphaned children and empower them to succeed by helping them help themselves. Neha has effectively motivated her peers into action by developing a team of youth volunteers in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and India. The organization is now entirely run by youth volunteers who will soon help her expand Empower Orphans to African and other Asian countries.

Impact

Neha used our funding to build a computer lab and library at Shiv Shakti School in Northern India where students take computer training classes twice per week and check out books regularly. 300 students benefited from the new computer labs.

Today, Empower Orphans has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children in India and the United States by building libraries, computer labs and sewing centers. Empower Orphans also provides food, school books, bicycles, clothing and health clinics.

For more information, visit www.empowerorphans.org.


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