India’s Jagriti Yatra wins charity award in UK

An Indian charity that organises 15-day train journeys around India to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise has won an award in London. Jagriti Yatra was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognised for their impact within their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards, powered by due diligence platform Charity Clarity.

Jagriti Yatra organises 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 young change-makers across India every year. It has created some of India’s foremost social entrepreneurs and pioneers of enterprise-led development that cuts across socio-economic boundaries in India. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association won the Charity of the Year award for its work as the only United Kingdom-wide voluntary organisation helping those affected by cleft lip and palate at a ceremony attended by some of the UK’s leading philanthropists, including Indian-origin entrepreneur G.P. Hinduja.

The third annual Asian Voice Charity Awards in London, organised by Britain’s oldest Asian diaspora publication ‘Asian Voice’ and Europe’s first independent charity due diligence platform Charity Clarity, recognised winners from across Britain, Afghanistan, India, Tibet and attracted an audience from around 40 countries. Some of the other winners included Road To Freedom (Startup Of The Year), for its work in providing refugees from war-town countries with immediate aid; National Energy Action for a UK-wide campaign to save energy; and Child to Child (Social Impact Award) for its 40 years of work promoting international child-rights.

The awards’ judging panel this year included Indian-origin peer Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Chair of the City Bridge Trust Alderman Alison Gowan, Head of Philanthropy at the Charities Aid Foundation David Stead, and former chair of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Subhash Thakrar.

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