Humanitarian to Raise Money for Children Orphaned in Mumbai Attacks

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Mahendra G. Mehta, a world renowned philanthropist and humanitarian, who for more than twenty-five years has focused much of his work on children, today announced that his non-profit foundation, the Rata Nidhi Charitable Trust, has begun an international campaign to raise money for children orphaned by the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Mr. Mehta's trust, in association with the Times Foundation, organized a similar project for orphaned children of the Mumbai bomb blasts in 2003

Mahendra G. Mehta, a world renowned philanthropist and humanitarian, who for more than twenty-five years has focused much of his work on children, today announced that his non-profit foundation, the Rata Nidhi Charitable Trust, has begun an international campaign to raise money for children orphaned by the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai.

In India, Mahendra Mehta is credited for helping over 20 million children through an assortment of educational, medical, developmental, and other initiatives. Specifically, the children of India have benefited from: corrective Polio Surgery, cleft lip surgeries, education programs, youth small business training programs, vocational and job skill programs, microcredit investment programs, food for education programming, free book distributions, concentrated language encounter programs, and help to newly immigrated children.

In 2003, Mr. Mehta was the recipient of the prestigious 2003 World of Children Chairman's Award and in 2004 he received the humanitarian Rose award from the Trust in memory of Princess Diana. Mahendra is one of the most well known and respected international Rotarians of his generation, and has won numerous awards and recognition for his work.

Two decades ago Mahendra G. Mehta initiated the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust with financial resources from his own family. Since then Mahendra has been an international force to help children worldwide in a multitude of ways. Most recently he completed an international partnership to bring Safe Kids Worldwide to India with the help of FedEx Express and the Johnson & Johnson companies. Safe Kids Worldwide is a coalition of partners around the world working together to prevent accidental death and injury to children ages 14 and under.

To overview the work of the Ratna Nidhi Trust and learn how you can help Mr. Mehta provide financial assistance to the children orphaned by the horrific terrorist attack in Mumbai please visit http://www.rnct.org/.

"The recent dastardly terrorist attack on some of the most prominent landmarks in my home town of Mumbai has left a trail of dead and injured by the hundreds. Many of the casualties are the unfortunate, poor and lower class citizens who are soon forgotten after the first rush of condolences and sorrow," Mahendra Mehta said. "Those poor people that were murdered are leaving behind families with no means of support and children with almost no chance to be able to go to school and even college making the outlook for them very bleak."

"What the victims of this terrorist attack have lost can never be compensated for, however, with support by the Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust to offer a helping hand to the children of the victims by assisting in their education and upbringing, we can at least try and give them a better tomorrow," said Harry Leibowitz, founder of the World of Children.

"Mr. Mehta's trust, in association with the Times Foundation, organized a similar project for orphaned children of the Mumbai bomb blasts in 2003," noted Dr. Martin Eichelberger, the founder of Safe Kids Worldwide. "They did a great job then and we know they will make a huge impact for the children affected by this tragedy."

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David W. Lippy
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