‘Slumdog’ success boosts aid to children’s charities

March 4th, 2009 - 10:45 am ICT by IANS  

Slumdog MillionaireWashington, March 4 (IANS) The Mumbai-set Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire”, which brings the plight of slum children in India into focus, has sparked interest in charities that target the problem, according to US charity organisation CAFAmerica.

“Individuals and organizations that have been touched by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ should consider donating to aid Indian children,” said CAFAmerica CEO Susan Saxon-Harrold Tuesday.

“I have seen the excellent work by charities working in the slums in Mumbai. These charities are making a huge impact on the health, welfare and education of children living in poverty with very little by way of resources.

“The success of the film has thrown a positive spotlight on their efforts.

We advise donors on how best to get involved in giving to India as well as how to make donations safely to get the best impact,” she said

CAFAmerica is part of the CAF International Network that spans six continents and has over $4 billion of charitable funds under management. It works with CAF India to help corporations with their corporate community involvement goals in the region.

According to an estimate by UNICEF, there are currently 11 million children living on the streets of India, many of whom have fled abuse or mistreatment at home.

The film “Slumdog Millionaire” has inspired a boost in donations to children’s charities including Railway Children, SOS Children’s Villages of India and Save the Children, CAFAmerica said.

Individuals and organizations that wish to rely upon the knowledge and due-diligence capacity of CAFAmerica to investigate these and other overseas charities can donate to help Indian children through it, it said.

CAFAmerica helps companies, family and community foundations, and individuals to manage their international philanthropy efforts and strengthen charitable activity around the world.

It also advises on fundraising and grant making, allows online account management and provides an online giving mechanism for nonprofits to place on their websites.

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