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.
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!”
We are pleased to announce that for the second year, Savitri have committed to sponsor a Whitley Award. This year our recipient is Olivier Nsengimana, a vet who now heads up the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association and with this award, will scale up his efforts to protect the endangered grey crowned crane in Rwanda.
A few months after winning her Savitri sponsored Whitley Award, we caught up with Ximena to hear what she’s been up to.
Savitri’s Director, Maggie Gardner, reflects on her recent visit to Uttar Pradesh, meeting families being supported by our recent programme partner, Emmanuel Hospital Association.
In celebration of World Sight Day on 12 October 2017, we partnered with Coya Mayfair for the ‘Eye Ball’. Coya, alongside Roka, Zuma and La Petite Maison, is part of our Small Change for Big Change campaign whereby a voluntary £1 donation is added to every restaurant bill. Together they have raised over £1million towards our work on curable blindness.
We are keen to increase our support for environmental work beyond India and this year, for the first time we have partnered with the Whitley Fund for Nature. We’ve sponsored one of their awards which give funding and wider ongoing support to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. Winning an award (often referred to as the ‘Green Oscars’) offers a spotlight to some of the best locally-based environmental work in the world.
We were delighted to meet ‘our award winner’ Ximena Velez-Liendo. With 18 years of experience working with bears, her cross-disciplinary project will generate the first population estimate for bears in the country and scale up efforts to quantify human-bear conflict. The results will be used to support a national plan for the species’ recovery and develop strategies to enable coexistence with farmers.
To understand more about this fantastic work, Sir David Attenborough narrated a short film about Ximena and her bears here…