Local Volunteers in Impoverished Communities Honored by International Humanitarian Organization

Children International Announces 2013 International Inspire Award™ Recipient
Nov 26, 2013 8:10 AM ET

Kansas City, MO, November 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ The inaugural class of the Children International Inspire Award™ honorees have dedicated a total of 242 years of service to children in impoverished  communities around the world. 

The recipient of the International Inspire Award™ for 2013 is Pampa Sinha, a volunteer from Children International’s Sahay agency in Kolkata, India. Although her daughter has graduated from Children International’s program, Pampa continues her volunteer efforts by contributing to the overall program with emphasis on the organization’s youth program, nutritional program and community awareness. She has volunteered with Children International for the past 15 years and was inspired by her father, a rickshaw puller. She explains that she was from a large family with extended family members living together, and although it was difficult for her father to make ends meet, “He still helped countless people without expecting a farthing in return.” She volunteers so she can be like her father and “experience the same happiness and joy that my father did” by helping others.

The Inspire Award™ was designed to celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers who live in and are part of the impoverished communities Children International serves. These volunteers dedicate their time and energy to enhancing the lives of children in their communities.

Jim Cook, president of Children International, explains, “We are delighted to recognize the contributions of Pampa Sinha and to honor the work of the dedicated volunteers globally. Children International’s volunteers are extraordinary, and we deeply appreciate their time and commitment to the children and youth in the communities where the volunteers live. They enable us to better understand their communities and are a crucial link in the two-way communication between Children International and the community.”

Children International has more than 7,000 volunteers who are residents in the local communities the organization serves. Each individual listed below received the highest score in her community and has been honored as a local Inspire Award™ winner:

  • Clara Elena Velasquez Benitez from Barranquilla, Colombia
    Volunteer for 8 years
  • Erika del Carmen Rodríguez Navarro from Cartagena, Colombia
    Volunteer for 11 years
  • Nagma Bhojani from Delhi, India
    Volunteer for 1 year
  • Ysmenia Mercedes Diaz Rodríguez de Alvarez  from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    Volunteer for 25 years
  • Griselda Genoveva Tobar from Guatemala City, Guatemala
    Volunteer for 9 years
  • Martir Zambrano Mora from Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Volunteer for 20 years
  • Gabriela Beccerra Ortega from Jalisco, Mexico
    Volunteer for 8 years
  • Joventizima Azul from Legazpi, Philippines
    Volunteer for 25 years
  • Milagros Franco Bendejo from Manila, Philippines
    Volunteer for 18 years
  • Rosene C. Boridas from Quezon City, Philippines
    Volunteer for 22 years
  • Amparito del Rocio Moreno Cuadrado from Quito, Ecuador
    Volunteer for 15 years
  • Pampa Sinha from Kolkata, India
    Volunteer for 15 years
  • Ana Georgina Ochoa Diaz from San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    Volunteer for 18 years
  • Gloria Bataller from Tabacco, Philippines
    Volunteer for 29 years
  • Jessica Peralta Rojas from Valparaiso, Chile
    Volunteer for 18 years


About Children International

Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

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Christy Howard

Public Relations

Children International

Direct:  (816) 943-3730

Email:  choward@children.org