Children’s Hope India to create 30 new education centers across India

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Spring Luncheon 2022 celebrates women entrepreneurs, including Mona Sinha, New York changemaker for women’s lives

A Spring luncheon which celebrates the strength and power of women and the girl child – what could be more meaningful than that?

Children’s Hope India (CHI), a women founded and led organization dedicated to educating the girl child, is celebrating its 30th anniversary by launching the 30×30 Initiative —opening 30 new CHI Education Centers across India.

The Initiative will address gaps in the current education system, by providing education to 5,000 youngsters including children under six and after school remedial education to prevent dropouts and support students in pursuing higher education.

It will take the girl child into special consideration by ensuring that at least 65% of enrolment is reserved for girls.

Read: Children’s Hope India raises $25,000 for New York City’s homeless (June 2, 2014)

Returning to an in-person format for the first time in two years, the CHI Luncheon on May 18 in New York will raise critical funds to launch the 30×30 Initiative, according to a press release.

The event at The Carltun in East Meadow, New York will begin with a reception at 11:30AM and will be followed by the luncheon and program from 12:00 – 2:00PM.

“Since we founded CHI 30 years ago, we have been honored to partner with so many communities and schools to make a true difference in the lives of children,” said Dina Pahlajani, CHI’s president and cofounder.

“This year, with our 30×30 Initiative, we are thrilled to celebrate our past by making a bold commitment to open 30 new Children’s Hope India Education Centers across India.”

Anuja Khemka, CHI’s executive director, says, “Now we have an incredible opportunity to take the learnings of the past 30 years and build new educational centers that meet the urgent need for early childhood and remedial education.

The new initiative will scale the model CHI has built to address widening gaps in early childhood education and prevent the tremendous losses in learning caused by the pandemic.”

This year’s luncheon also celebrates the many achievements of New York changemaker and catalyst Mona Sinha, and through her, the successes of many women who have found their true voice and strengths.

“Who better than Mona Sinha, who has labored so tirelessly on behalf of women and girls, to join us in doubling down on our commitment to lifting up vulnerable children and the girl child in particular,” says Moneesha Sani, CHI’s vice president and luncheon benefit committee member.

Sinha, this year’s Woman of Distinction, has parlayed a career in finance (Morgan Stanley), marketing (Unilever) and restructuring (Elizabeth Arden/Unilever) to work at the intersection of social justice and women’s leadership.

She is the founder of Feminist Circle Fund (funds gender equality), Raising Change (coaches non-profit leaders on mission driven funding) and the Asian Women’s Leadership University project (bringing liberal arts pedagogy to Asia).

Sinha serves as Board Chair of Women Moving MillionsERA Fund for Women’s Equality and Board Vice Chair of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.

She is an executive producer of Disclosure, Sell.Buy.Date and My Name is Andrea. In 2022, Mona launched the Insight Circle Fund which catalyzes funding partnerships and invests in grassroots leaders, facilitating opportunities for individuals and organizations to connect and build communities that amplify equality.

The luncheon will also celebrate the many enterprising ventures of young women entrepreneurs who are showcasing their specialty wares and their vision in a colorful marketplace at the luncheon where a portion of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education at Children’s Hope India.

These women entrepreneurs include Reena Mathur of Reemat Designs, Ranna Gill by Ranna Gill, Binita Shivdasani of Kaia Jewelry, Sonika Nanda of Shawls by Sonika, Janine Jeejeebhoy of Babaloo Baby, Priyal Kothari of Jewel Joy and Jharna Jaisinghani of Artistic Affairs.


About the 2022 Spring Luncheon

Tickets and tables for the in-person luncheon and program can be purchased here. Available sponsorships can also be purchased online.

For all requests and inquiries, please contact Aarti Doshi at In accordance with the CDC regarding COVID-19, the

Luncheon will require proof of full vaccination checked against government-issued IDs for any guests on-site at the event.

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