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11/19/2014 12:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

American Teen Wins Children's Peace Prize For Empowering Orphans In India

Dutch King Willem Alexander, third from right, and other guests applaud eighteen-year-old American Neha Gupta, right, after t
Dutch King Willem Alexander, third from right, and other guests applaud eighteen-year-old American Neha Gupta, right, after the announcement was made that Gupta received the KidsRights Children's Peace Prize in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An American teenager has won a prestigious international prize for her charitable work to help orphans in India and other vulnerable children.

Neha Gupta, an 18-year-old of Indian descent from Philadelphia, was awarded the International Children's Peace Prize Tuesday by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu at a ceremony in The Hague.

She was honored for setting up a foundation called Empower Orphans when she was just 9 after visiting an orphanage in India. The foundation has since helped thousands of children.

Marc Dullaert, founder of children's rights organization KidsRights, says Gupta, "discovered at a young age that it is possible to take action as a child and help vulnerable children."

The winner of last year's Children's Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai, went on to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

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Desmond Tutu applauds Neha Gupta at the 10th International Children's Peace Prize Awards. (Photo: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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