Improving the health of people and planet

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ABOUT US

We are a family Trust driven to help improve the health of people and our planet – founded in 2001 by Mr Arjun Waney motivated by compassion to help people living in poverty.  The Trust is named in memory of his mother 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 the family;  ultimately health – of individuals, communities and the environment. 

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YOUR SUPPORT

We believe in collaboration – by working together we can make a bigger difference. You can join us in this work by donating to a project, raising awareness of our programmes with your networks, partner with us for an event or leave a legacy. We make sure 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit people that need it most. 

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BIG CHANGE

‘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

PROGRAMME AREAS

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. 

COMMUNITY
HEALTH

Our work in health began in India listening to stories of people whose lives were blighted by cataract blindness and others powerless to access the palliative care and support needed at the end of their lives. These stories inspired our giving and ever since we have focussed on partnering with organisations that are working to improve the health and wellbeing of communities in rural India and beyond.

ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH

We are passionate about the future of our world. We recognise that natural ecosystems must be protected, that precious resources must be carefully stewarded and that effective environmental projects support both people and planet to thrive.

OTHER GRANTS

We recognise many vulnerable communities across the world might require urgent support that falls out of our key programme areas. Where possible, we will respond with an emergency relief grant.  

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