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The British Asian Trust
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help identify and support high-impact grass root organisations that address unmet needs in the areas of education, health and livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UK.
"Supporting charities through The British Asian Trust is like investing - their approach to identifying and recommending worthy causes, supporting organizations to ensure sustainable impact as well as bringing together groups of individuals, corporates and foundations generates substantial returns on my investment, making it simple for me to achieve my philanthropic goals."
S.P. Lohia, Founder and Chairman, Indorama Corporation
In 2013, The Lohia Charitable Trust entered a 3-year partnership with The British Asian Trust. Our support has enabled the Trust to work with Katha, an NGO working in Govindpuri, one of New Delhi’s largest slums to facilitate access to education, skills training and livelihoods for some of the city’s most disadvantaged women, young girls, and children. In 2013, Katha was awarded The Millennium Alliance Award. Katha needs our support to continue its high impact work.
To find out more about The British Asian Trust and Katha, please visit: www.britishasiantrust.org
Katha: Translating Stories, Transforming Lives
Research indicates that nearly 500,000 children, or 18% of all children aged 7-14, in New Delhi are not enrolled in school. In the city’s slum communities, this percentage is much higher. 80% of children over 11 years of age in the city’s government schools do not know how to read or write their own names. These children, often first-generation learners, struggle to cope and often drop out of school before they have had a fair chance at learning.
Established in 1990, the Katha Lab School offers high quality education to approximately 1,500 children from birth to age 17 every year, offering a crèche, pre-school, primary, secondary and special needs education together with IT and vocational skills training to disadvantaged young people and marginalised women in the local community. On an average day, between 700-900 students attend school on a full-time basis. Additionally, the school offers a part-time option for over 300 children to allow them to work around their family and work commitments. An external assessment has shown that Lab School students perform on par with students from some of Delhi’s top private schools.
Unedited Excerpt from Katha’s Student Blog ‘Student Speak’
“My school’s name is Katha Public School. It is a very big school. It is very nice and clean. There are many different subjects and classrooms. All rooms are big and airy. They are well decorated. All classes have different names Hulgulwadi, Tamashawadi, Khojwadi junior and senior. All teachers are very nice and kind hearted. All students love all teachers. There are many labs like – Hindi, English, Science etc. There is a big English and Hindi library.There are many co-curricular classes like Bakery, Computer, Kathajosh, Kalanivas, Music, etc. Our theme based education helps us learn things happening around us and the whole world. On 13th August we celebrated Independence Day in our school. One day we celebrated Kabir; children dressed up like Kabir and sang Kabir’s couplets. All children are very happy in school.”
The Katha School of Entrepreneurship (KSE) was established in 1995 as part of Katha Lab School to provide vocational skills training. It offers courses in Cutting & Tailoring; Dress Designing; and Bakery & Food Processing. All courses are part of the National Institute of Open Schooling, and certifications come through the Ministry of Human Resource Development, enhancing credibility and ensuring eligibility for government jobs. The Lohia Charitable Trust is supporting KSE for three years, and enabled KSE to train 749 students in the year April 2013 – March 2014.