Overwhelming public response in India to a series of TV documentaries confronting critical social issues has helped to position The British Asian Trust as a charity addressing urgent needs there.
The series Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) has gripped the country and garnered public support by seeking solutions for sensitive and controversial issues that are often ignored. Celebrated actor and producer Aamir Khan opens doors to areas of concern currently being addressed by The British Asian Trust.
A recent episode Break the Silence: Child Sexual Abuse reported the alarming statistics that as many as one out of two children are victims of sexual abuse. Tackling the exploitation of vulnerable children, particularly girls, is a Trust priority.
“We are committed to being on the cutting edge of critical issues happening right now in South Asia,” said Hitan Mehta, Trust Executive Director. “As part of our mandate to address unmet needs, we confront the crucial issues that are often concealed or ignored.” Hand-in-hand with our charity partners on the ground, The Trust is working to provide the education and self-esteem girls need to build new lives and futures. The Trust is reaching out to thousands of vulnerable girls faced with abuse, exploitation and poverty in partnership with pioneering charities Educate Girls and AanganTrust.
Trust Ambassador and renowned female cricketer Isa Guha recently visited Aangan in Mumbai. Aangan protects the country’s most vulnerable children by building their resilience, and working for stronger state and community safeguards. “It was great to see what work goes on first hand,” said Isa. “The fact that they make girls aware of their rights is invaluable.”