In celebration of Savitri’s 20th year in philanthropy, we decided to do something a little different for our latest Annual Report. To signify this milestone, we are taking you on a journey from the origins of Savitri’s work in Community Health, right up to where we are heading with our increasing focus on Environmental Health.
The production and preservation of organic, local and agroecological seed is needed now more than ever. Not only to restore our depleted soils and preserve traditional & resilient seed varieties, but also to ensure that we as consumers have access to healthy nutritious food.
This #WorldWildlifeDay we announced our new partnership with Beaver Trust, an exciting addition to Savitri’s growing work on ecosystem restoration. Beavers play a crucial role in the functioning of our ecosystems, serving as a nature-based solution to land, river and wildlife restoration. Although native to Britain, these ecosystem engineers were hunted to extinction 400 years ago. More recently, they have been reintroduced across the UK in an effort to reverse environmental degradation and decreasing wildlife numbers.
Women are at the heart of so many of our projects. From the palliative care nurses that travel hours across rural India to treat patients in their homes; the indigenous women preserving and passing down their traditional knowledge to future generations; the change-makers within NGOs spear-heading innovative solutions to the climate crisis; and the young women in Bihar studying to qualify in optometry and challenging gender stereotypes, the role of women across our projects forms an essential part of their continued success.
It is with immense joy we announce that on the occasion of World Sight Day 2020, the new ‘Akhand Jyoti Eye Hospital – Savitri Waney Charitable Eye Centre’ was inaugurated and opened to patients. Specifically chosen for its location, the new 60-bed hospital has been designed to serve a particularly underprivileged region of Bihar, offering curative and preventive eye care services – both affordable and accessible – to communities most in need.
Savitri’s Founder, Mr Arjun Waney OBE, was recognised as ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ at the Asian Awards on April 12th, 2019. The receipt of this award was a proud moment for Savitri.
Savitri’s Founder, Mr Arjun Waney OBE, was recognised as ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ at the Asian Awards on April 12th, 2019.
To mark the celebration of Earth Day, our friends at Coya were inspired to create a ‘cocktail of the month’, aptly named The Gaia
For the third consecutive year, Savitri has committed to sponsor a Whitley Fund for Nature Award.
We are pleased to announce our founder Arjun Waney has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours . The award recognises Arjun’s contribution to the global restaurant industry and his extensive philanthropy.
Over 65,000 members of the public voted and help get us shortlisted for the Charity Film Awards Finals and we are thrilled to announce we won a Silver Award for our film; Ending Blindness in Bihar.
Simon Burton, Co-Founder of the Charity Film Awards said;
“Congratulations Savitri Trust for winning Silver at this year’s Charity Film Awards. Their film, described by one of our judges as ‘incredible content’, was chosen not only by our expert panel of judges but also by the public and to have won silver is an incredible achievement!”