HRH The Prince of Wales and President of the British Asian Trust said,
“By supporting carefully selected projects we have shown how we can utterly transform the lives of those in need, creating lasting change.”
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales following a tour of South Asia. He felt compelled to take action to address the widespread poverty and hardship that he witnessed and so he turned to the entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian diaspora, aiming to link them with innovative social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region. Since then, The British Asian Trust has become a trusted navigator and agenda setter, they have convened funders, mobilised funding and raised awareness, and have made a real difference in the lives of over 1.5M people in South Asia.
They focus on South Asia because the area has 20% of the world’s population, but half of the world’s poorest people live there, with almost 500 million surviving on less than £1 a day. This poverty goes beyond a shortage of money, food and shelter — there are complex issues with education, healthcare and employment opportunities, keeping many people on the margins and leaving women and girls particularly disadvantaged.
Hitan Mehta, Executive Director of the British Asian Trust said:
“We are delighted to be partnering with Bobby’s Walk Full Circle. The Trust is passionate about highlighting and showcasing the most sensitive issues affecting South Asia. We strive to bring together the community here in the UK and encourage collective giving which enables us to have a far greater impact on such issues. Bobby’s efforts are the epitome of this. He is undertaking a challenge that we can and should whole heartedly support.”
The Trust empowers disadvantaged people to transform their lives. They believe in giving a hand up, not a hand-out. The Trust brings together visionary givers who share a passion for particular causes, and transform lives through grassroots initiatives that enable people to help themselves.
By highlighting the most important challenges and supporting excellent solutions, they unlock the potential of some
of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in South Asia. They empower women, children and young people in
the poorest communities to create lasting change. They give them the skills and confidence to tackle the root causes of
poverty, injustice and inequality, changing their families’ lives and transforming their communities.