Amount Raised: $494
$ Goal: $1,000
Event Date: October 16, 2022
Hello! My name is Adam and I was born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I’m a proud Iron City native, and though I’ve traveled far and wide since graduating from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, I truly believe that home is where the heart is.
In January of 2022, I was honored to join CRY America’s staff. Long before that, I used to co-lead the Pittsburgh Action Center of CRY America, where I met so many wonderful friends through our regular fundraising events. I have fond memories of our annual Festival in the Park at Schenley Park, which from 2005-2012 brought food, music, dance, and film from India to Flagstaff Hill every August.
As a witness to the dramatic, positive effects that confidence and awareness of rights engenders in the children CRY America helps, I can say with certainty that our model for change works. I’ve met children from a Kolkata slum, who started their own magazine featuring articles, artwork and poems about the importance of education and the ills of child labor in their community. And recently, I had the opportunity to spend time with Lalithamma of project PORD, an organization that is doing amazing work in rural Andhra Pradesh to protect children – girls, especially – from being forced into child marriage and child labor. Lalithamma shared the story of a girl named Revathi, whose journey from being at-risk of missing out on an education to becoming an employee of telecommunications giant Wipro has made her a shining star of PORD’s work. You can find out more about PORD in the linked video.
Please join me in making brighter futures possible for underprivileged and marginalized kids by participating in Pittsburgh’s event (you can walk, bike or run!) on the beautiful Great Allegheny Passage, starting at the Waterfront in Homestead.