Earlier this year, we introduced Amish to AJEH, an eye hospital we have been working with for many years. With a career in accountancy and a broad experience of reviewing businesses and related systems, we thought he’d be a great asset to the hospital, not just to fulfil his goal of volunteering, but more specifically, to support AJEH in relation to their plans for expansion. He has written a blog about his time there – some excerpts of which we wanted to share below.
Should we invest in this? Wouldn’t it be easier to just film it ourselves? These are some of the questions we asked ourselves last year as we deliberated over whether or not to make a film about our project work in Bihar, India. With access to film making tools and apps at our fingertips (at a fraction of the cost) it’s easy to dismiss the idea of investing in film production when thinking about content. We decided to take a risk – we wanted to create a beautiful film with meaningful content that would connect people to the communities and work that we do; to share stories with our donors that were more than just statistics and pretty pictures. It soon became clear, an iphone film story would not suffice!
In October, Savitri had the pleasure of being partnered with The Arts Club to raise money for life changing cataract surgeries. For one month, diners at The Arts Club’s Brasserie, Member’s Lounge and in-house nightclub, “1863”, were given the option to donate £3 towards the cause.
A beautifully illustrated postcard by artist Pip Johnston accompanied each bill giving diners an insight into the eye care programmes their donation would support. We are pleased to say that together we raised over £8,000! We would like to thank The Arts Club for this opportunity, their diners for their kind generosity and Pip for her artistic handiwork.
Raphael Duntoye, Chef-Patron of London restuarant La Petite Maison is passionate about food, he is also passionate about giving back to his home country, Nigeria. For the last 8 years La Petite Maison have supported the Savitri Waney Charitable Trust’s work in Nigeria through its £ billing campaign – Small Change for Big Change
In April 2017 Maggie Gardner and Emily Kerr-Muir went to Nigeria to visit the projects we support.