Improving the health of people and planet

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We are a family Trust driven to help improve the health of people and our planet. Founded in 2001 by Mr Waney, motivated by compassion and empathy to help others living in poverty. The Trust is named in memory of the late Mrs Savitri Waney and to this day very much remains a family trust with programme areas and project interests driven by causes and interests close to their heart; ultimately health – of individuals, communities and the environment. 

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By working together, we can change lives. You can support a project, make a monthly donation, take part in an event, partner with us or leave a legacy…100% of your donation will go directly to benefit people that need it most. 

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‘Small Change for Big Change’ is our innovative fundraising partnership with London restaurants Roka, Zuma, Coya and La Petite Maison. A voluntary donation of £1 is added to every bill and 100% goes directly towards our eye care partners to end cataract blindness.

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Palliative Care is about adding life to days rather than days to life.

Dr Savita, Palliative Care lead at Emmanuel Hospital Association


For twenty years, our focus has primarily been to fund community health and environment projects. Together with support from friends and donors we are grateful to have donated £9 million in grants.  We look for partners who are experts in their field and who are open to working collaboratively so we can leverage our funding to make the most impact. Geographically, we are not limited to, but will always ensure a portion of funds are distributed to India, recognising the heritage of our Founding Trustees. 


Globally 39 million people are blind, 90% of them live in developing countries.  Yet 80% of blindness could be prevented or cured. We work in rural areas with a high incidence of cataract blindness, limited services and a significant backlog of cases. For example, in Bihar one of the poorest states in India, we fund over 20,000 eye surgeries every year.


We are passionate about the future of our world and recognise that precious, finite resources must be replenished. We support effective environmental projects that help both people and our planet. 


In India, at least 2 million people suffer in agony from terminal illness without effective pain relief. We support innovative models of palliative care which focus on the poorest and most excluded.

At the heart of the Savitri Trust is the desire to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised. I’m humbled to share this journey with so many like-minded souls.

Arjun Waney, Founder & Trustee