Amazing Kid: Neha Gupta

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Neha Gupta visits with orphans in India. Credit: Vikas Gupta

Amazing Kid: Neha Gupta
Age: 14
Grade: 9th
Home Town: Yardley, Penn.
School: Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, Penn.
Favorite Ice Cream: Mango

Why Neha is Amazing: Neha started raising money for orphans and underprivileged children when she was just 9 years old. She was inspired by her grandparents' tradition of volunteering at an orphanage in India, which she experienced firsthand during trips to India since she was very young.

It was when Neha was 9 that she realized these orphans had no one in the world to love or be loved by, and didn't even have enough money to gain a proper education or health care.

"At first, I didn't know what to do and I merely felt sad for them," she tells ParentDish. "But, then I realized I needed to turn my empathy into action and change their misfortune."

Neha started raising money through sales of handmade gifts, such as greeting cards and wine charms, or from direct donations for specific orphan needs, such as immunizations or mosquito nets. She also works with kids and other organizations to do bake sales and fundraising events.

Over the past five years, through her nonprofit organization Empower Orphans, Neha has been able to impact the lives of more than 2,000 orphans worldwide by supplying them with the means to self-sufficiency, including opening three libraries and a computer lab at underprivileged schools in India.

Recent Recognition: 2010 Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award; 2010 Great Friend to Kids Award; 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Award; 2010 Philadelphia 76ers Hometown Hero Award; Wachovia's 2008 National Philanthropic Award

Neha's Advice to Kids: You may not think that your efforts will make a vast impact but, in fact, they actually will. Everyone in this world has the power and influence to make a difference in society.

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