UNICEF Responds to South Sudan Refugee Crisis

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UNICEF
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A resident of New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has specialized in trading technology at various New York, NY-based financial institutions, such as Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. Apart from his work, Rao Chalasani supports numerous charitable organizations, including UNICEF.

According to the most recent data from UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the growing civil war in South Sudan has resulted in over 1 million children attempting to escape the violence as refugees, making them the majority of refugees to come from the country. Most of these children end up in surrounding countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

The problem only looks to get worse, as the children coming into these countries lack adequate lodging to protect them from the rainy period that occurs annually. UNICEF has called for more than $180 million to help build shelter facilities and provide other basic care needs to these children for the remainder of 2017, but the organization has only managed to raise a little over half of that goal, and the UNHCR’s request for $781.8 million is only 11 percent funded. As such, the organizations are urging other nations to continue providing relief funds to ensure that lifesaving services for South Sudanese refugees continue.

UNICEF Ball

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UNICEF Ball
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Having most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer and Risk Strategist for Merrill Lynch in New York, NY, Rao Chalasani has made a professional career in the field of Risk Management. As a resident of New Jersey, Rao Chalasani is involved in a number of charitable activities, including the United Nations Children’s Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF. As a supporter of UNICEF, he supports and promotes UNICEF events such as the UNICEF Ball.

The biennial event is held to bring celebrities and professionals from the Los Angeles area together to promote and raise funds for the UNICEF foundation and its programs. The UNICEF Ball is a black tie event that includes dinner and an entertainment program, having raised over $7 million since it began in 2005. The event includes a headline performer and awards are presented during the Ball, including the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award and the Spirit of Compassion Award.

Dance the Night Away at a Dandia Event

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Dandia Event
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Based in New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has served in multiple high-level positions in New York that span the financial services and information technology realms. The former director of trading risk management and chief technology officer at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in New York, NY, and sole inventor of the U.S.-patent-pending “Enterprise Risk Management System,” Rao Chalasani supports Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) when not dispatching his professional obligations.

A charity and research organization working to combat the growing problem of blindness in India, SEF hosts events to raise the funds and support needed to help provide community eye care, including eye tests, glasses, and even surgeries, in India for those in need. Fundraising events usually consist of creating booths for major city events unrelated to the organization and working with sponsors. However, dandias are among SEF’s particularly popular, long-running events.

Dances featuring dance styles from across India that generally include dandia sticks, dandia events take place in multiple locations throughout the U.S. and typically sell out quickly. SEF keeps participants updated on the events and provides tutorials for those unfamiliar with dandias. To learn more, visit www.giftofvision.org.

UNICEF Helps Distribute Ebola Prevention Information in Sierra Leone

Rao Chalasani, of Livingston, New Jersey, has worked for several New York, NY-based financial institutions, including Bank of America (BofA), Deutsche Bank, and Merrill Lynch. In addition to his work endeavors, Rao Chalasani dedicates his time and resources to organizations such as UNICEF.

In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNICEF has been working in communities throughout the region to prevent the spread of the disease. As part of these efforts, the organization recently provided technical and financial support for a government-led public awareness campaign in Sierra Leone.

The door-to-door campaign, which took place September 19-21, 2014, supplemented Ebola prevention messages delivered via TV, radio. During the three-day awareness event, nearly 30,000 social mobilizers and volunteers visited 1.5 million households to increase Sierra Leonean’s understanding of ways they can guard themselves from Ebola and help prevent the virus from spreading. More detailed information about UNICEF’s current work can be found on the organization’s website at http://www.unicef.org.