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.
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.