Children’s Hope India (CHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting children from poverty to prosperity in India and the United States, announced on Sept. 17, 2020, that it will host its annual gala virtually on October 4 at 7pm EST.
The event titled ‘Ragas & Rhapsodies: A Virtual Celebration of Resilience’ will have a second streaming for Indian supporters on October 5 at 6pm IST. It will feature performances and speeches from artists and celebrities A.R. Rahman, Ila Paliwal, and Vikas Khanna, Aatma Performing Arts, and the Yale Alley Cats.
Ambassador of CHI, Reena Ninan, news anchor of CBS, will co-host the event with a special focus on fundraising for education, wellbeing and nutrition outreach programs. Attendance to this gala is free and open to all with registration at https://www.childrenshopeindia.org/event/virtual-celebration-of-resilience/
The non-profit will present its 2020 Global Icon and Humanitarian Award to Oscar and Grammy-winning composer and humanitarian A.R. Rahman for being a vocal supporter of literacy and education through the A.R. Rahman Foundation.
Other initiatives at the gala will be the launch of a digital literacy program to help some of the most vulnerable students continue their studies; and recognition of its 2020 Action Hero Honoree, world-renowned chef Vikas Khanna, for his steadfast commitment to delivering life-saving meals to millions of Indians since the beginning of the pandemic.
Vocalist Ila Paliwal will receive the 2020 Making A Difference Award. Paliwal released her latest album, The Earth Symphony, last month and donated a portion of album sales to CHI’s work to bring art and music education to vulnerable children.
All proceeds from the gala are to go toward the Children’s Hope India COVID-19 Relief Program, supporting digital learning, hunger prevention, mental health and wellbeing, and medical care. The non-profit has till date distributed more than 540,000 meals, 15,000 gloves and masks, and 2,500 soaps, sanitizers and hand washing units to urban slums, rural villages and refugee settlements around India.
To date, CHI said it has supported more than 20 projects and 300,000 children across India and the United States.