By supporting carefully selected projects, we have shown how we can utterly transform the lives of those in need, creating lasting change.HRH The Prince of Wales
Girls at NOWA Development in Literacy School in Pakistan
Working to correct sight with LRBT in Pakistan
Mann Deshi Business Bus in India
Aangan Mumbai in India
The flood devastation in Pakistan
Saath in India
WE ADDRESS KEY CHALLENGES:
We lead the agenda for giving to South Asia by using research to highlight challenges and offer solutions where philanthropy can have maximum impact.
WE ENABLE COLLECTIVE GIVING:
We believe in the power of collective giving, convening philanthropists, corporates, trusts and foundations that are passionate about giving to South Asia.
WE UNLOCK POTENTIAL:
With the help of these funders and exceptional local partners, we equip disadvantaged people not just with skills and resources, but also with the confidence and sense of value they need to transform their lives, improve their communities and reach their full potential.
The Trust addresses key challenges and spotlights urgent issues across South Asia.
Across South Asia, 13.5 million children have not completed their primary education, and a third of those who have lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. Over 25 million children of early secondary school age are out of school. The situation is worse for girls, with only 1 in every 100 completing secondary school and 60% married before the legal age of 18.
Our Education Fund facilitates access to quality education and supports progression into higher education and training to help break the cycle of disempowerment.
One third of all women globally living in poverty are in rural South Asia, reliant on unstable, informal agricultural work and subsistence farming. Over 30 million young people lack marketable skills and face long-term unemployment. Over 60 million people with disabilities are unable to access jobs or training, often facing discrimination and abuse.
Our Livelihoods Fund facilitates access to enterprise development skills for rural women and small holder farmers, and vocational skills for disadvantaged young people and those with disabilities.
An estimated 90 million people in South Asia are affected by mental health issues, but there is scarce medical treatment available. Fears and superstitions pervade public perceptions. In desperation, families turn to faith healers, keep sick relatives chained and hidden, or abandon them.
Our Mental Health Fund helps raise awareness to overcome prejudice and supports diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of those with mental health issues, and their carers.
Child trafficking is the fastest growing global crime, a $32 billion industry that trades over 1 million children each year. Over 40 million children in South Asia are currently vulnerable to trafficking, at risk of exploitation and abuse, of being prostituted, and bonded into servitude and/or manual labour.
Our Anti-Trafficking Fund addresses the underlying issues that traffickers target, leverages technology in the fight against trafficking, and supports rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors.
The Prince of Wales's charity, The British Asian Trust unlocks the life potential of disadvantaged people in South Asia, enabling them to transform their own lives—we offer a hand up, not a hand-out.
Mann Deshi - Creating Futures for Women
The British Asian Trust chose to work alongside Mann Deshi because it provided a future for women living in a district where on average 65% of women are illiterate. We are proud to say that since 2006, 16,000 women have been trained at the Mann Deshi School and over 11,000 new business women have been created. The organisation aims to encourage the achivement of social goals that include empowerment, asset creation, leadership development, capacity building and property rights for women. It does…Read case study