Save A Mother & Cure Cancer
Society with Ruchi
A whopping number of 80,000 women die annually due to pregnancy related complications, seven every minute during pregnancy, 210 babies born every minute, 50% in unsanitary conditions, thus increasing the risk of death and infection. Scary numbers, but a reality as a quarter of the world’s total maternal deaths take place in India and Indian women are 60 to 70 times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than in other countries.
These harrowing statistics about the depressing state of maternal and infant mortality in India, spurred one NGO to develop health care solutions for the poor by starting a non-profit organization project “Save a Mother” (SAM), in 2008, at a grass root level – simply to educate the mothers about the basics – pregnancy, nutrition, immunization, child birth and child care.Save A Mother Houston Board Members:
Left to right (front row) Sakina Ali, Ruchira Paul, Veena Kaul, Shalini Bhargava, Priti Singh, Seema Kachru.
Back Row: Anu Bala, Ankit Patel, Nat Krishnamurthy, Poonam Tulsiani, Girija Bhargava Patel, Sushma Bhan.
This year’s Save a Mother Annual Gala was held around Mother’s Day at Chateau Chrystal raising close to $60,000, the highest so far. It was a proud moment for organizers as in just four years, Save a Mother has made a significant mark not just in Houston but Save a Mother has chapters in Boston, Chicago, New York City and Washington DC. Chapters in the US are partnered with Save A Mother UK in London and India. Partner organizations in the UK and India operate independently towards the same mission.
Let’s Get Bollywood to cure cancer! This was the theme at Narin’s (Bombay Brasserie fame) house party that he hosted for his daughter Ayna Sehgal to support her Woman of the Year campaign that she is running to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s ‘Man & Woman of the Year 2012 Campaign‘.
Guests dressed in Bollywood chic attire for this private dinner extravaganza hosted for a handful of elite Indian Americans who stepped out on a Wednesday evening to support the cause. Ayna Sehgal, runs her own jewelery line, Miss Hollywood Jwelery Designs, and is also a former On-Air Meteorologist.
Spotted partying Bollywood style – LLS Event Campaign Manager Helen Oettinger with handsome boyfriend Will, Manmeet and Prithvipal Lakhari, Doug Gilbert, AJ Jon, and many others.