US NRI student wins International Children's Peace Prize

Neha Gupta, 18, a first year Schreyer Honours College student in the Eberly College of Science at Pennsylvania State University, has won the 2014 International Children's Peace Prize Award for her exceptional work to raise money for underprivileged children around the world. Neha was presented the award by Netherlands King Willem-Alexander, former archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai during a ceremony at the Hague, Netherlands. Inspired by what she saw during a visit to India with her grandparents, Neha founded Empower Orphans, an organisation designed to support orphaned and abandoned children in India and the US. The work she started at age 9 has grown into a charity that to date has raised over $1 million and helped over 25,000 children. The Award is widely acknowledged as the most prestigious international award a young person can win. The Award was created by the Amsterdam based children's rights organisation, KidsRights, and is awarded to a child whose work and actions have made a significant, positive impact in improving children's rights worldwide. The Award also carries a 100,000 Euro grant that will be given to projects closely associated with Neha's area of dedication. Neha Gupta has also won other honours including the 2011 World of Children Award, the President's Volunteer Service Award , the Congressional Award and the national Prudential Spirit of Community Award.