The founder of The Global Fund for Children cited facts about the millions of children living with disease, living in poverty and working as slaves. She said about 500 million children are in need of help but are invisible to the rest of the world.
“This number is appalling,” says Ajmera.
She spent a lot of time talking about her “moment of obligation,” a moment when she realized she was called to help children and their communities.
She was on a trip in Asia, visiting family, when she came across a school on a train platform. The school brought education to the kids who couldn’t travel. It was a staple in the children’s lives because it also provided food, clothes and a sense of worth – all for about $400 a year.
That moment sparked a fire in Ajmera, who then founded her nonprofit organization, which awards grants to educate young children, girls in particular. The Global Fund for Children has helped more than 1.5 million children to date.
“It was really empowering to hear her talk about real problems in the world that she’s been able to help fix,” says Courtney White ’14, Davenport, Iowa.