After being born in South Africa and surviving everything from poverty to riots, Nirasha (known as Niri) shelved her desire for writing in a turbulent time to pursue a career in software engineering. While dusting off the remnants of Apartheid, Niri left for the shores of the USA to be a techno-geek by day while pursuing philanthropic interests by night. Fast forward 12 years…with a baby in tow (and another soon after), Niri traded the rat race for her rug rats and turned back to her passion of writing at MommyNiri.com. She has been featured on Boston.com, Syracuse.com and India New England.She’s coupled her work in blogging to further several charitable projects and events, such as putting an end teacher-funded classrooms, supporting Rwanda Path2Peace and Heart 4 Haiti, building playgrounds with Kaboom, hosting events to support Autism, and working on the End Child Hunger campaign. In December 2010, she launched a Mommy Niri Cares holiday drive to provide items to children born into poverty instead of a holiday gift guide. Brands received free advertising while their products were donated.That spawned a newly launched site MommyNiriCares.com, which focuses on using social media for social good.