Did you know 80% of the Indian population live on less than $2 a
Jeevika Trust (http://www.jeevika.org.uk/) is one
of the amazing charities the innocent foundation supports to fight
poverty in rural India. Jeevika Trust has touched more than 100,000
lives over the last decade and continues to work with people on the
margins of rural society – low-caste and tribal people,
especially women – to help them build and sustain their
individual, family and community livelihoods.
Last week, Jeevika Trust organised a sponsored walk to raise
money to support their water projects. This is the event Geraldine
and her boyfriend took part in. The route is roughly 6 miles (10
km) long, which was harder than she thought it would be.
Incredibly, millions of women and children walk this distance every
single day, sometimes twice a day, to find and carry back water for
To start the walk, they were warmly welcomed by Rosemary and her
boyfriend Matt in Hampton Wick. Rosemary discovered India during
her gap year, teaching English and drama classes to children and
fell in love with the country. She is now Jeevika Trust’s
Communications and Fundraising Officer.
After a quick chat with Rosemary and Matt, they were off to
Bushy Park. It lies North of Hampton court Palace and is full of
stags and deers roaming freely so they made friends on the
The route itself offered diverse landscapes, lovely paths, bubbling
steams, and kept them entertained watching old and young alike on
sport pitches and cycle paths. The last part of the walk was along
Ending in a private garden on the river, where they over-indulged
with tea and lemon drizzle cakes. They enjoyed meeting with Andrew
(on the picture below with Rosemary), Jeevika Trust Director, to
learn more about their projects in India: http://www.jeevika.org.uk/whatwedo/CurrentProjects.htm.
So a big thanks to Jeevika Trust for organising such a great event.
May they continue the fantastic work they do in India.