Neha - KidsRights
"Anyone can cry out. If we do it together, we will be heard."
Name

Neha

Country of origin
The United States
Current country
The United States
Age
22
Theme
Child participation
Neha won the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2014. She was born on the 23th of May in 1996 and lives in the United States. She is committed to the rights of vulnerable children and their right to participate in society. She is the founder of Empower Orphans.

I am Neha and I feel that every child deserves a chance to make something of his or her life. To gain self-confidence and to become somebody they are proud to be. I thought that this was obvious, until I stayed with my grandparents in India. I was 9 years old at the time and became friends with a girl in an orphanage. She had never been to school, just like all the other children there.     

The initiative

Back home in the United States, I organized a flea market to raise money for my friend and the other children in the orphanage. One year later, I returned to India with 5000 dollars. This was enough to pay for books, food, clothes, blankets and shoes. It was the start of my own organization - Empower Orphans, with which I continue to organize flea markets and other activities.   

Together we move the world

KidsRights supports me, as a changemaker, in my fight for the rights of vulnerable children and their right to participate. With Empower Orphans, I support children in both India and the United States. I encourage them to be socially active, by supporting Empower Orphans, or by starting up their own changemaking projects.   

My mission

I would like to convey to you that you too can change the world. The world is big, but if we  start somewhere we can also have a big impact. Let’s make it our responsibility as young changemakers together, to improve the chances of children, wherever they live.

Highlights

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Green Hope: to protect the environment
Youth organisation Green Hope is founded and lead by Kehkashan Basu. In 2016 she won the International Children’s Peace Prize for her efforts to protect our environment and to create a sustainable future. Read more about Kehkashan When she was 12 she established Green Hope. They organized large scale events in Dubai to clean the beach. Green Hope has since become a large international organisation with more than a 1000 young members.
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