Empowering Women in India
Founded in 2008, Shivia is a UK-registered charity working in India. They run social enterprises and training programmes to help the poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty through income generating activities, with 34% of families reinvesting profits to fund private tuition for their children. This is of huge significance in West Bengal where teacher absenteeism in government schools is high and without the tuition children often fail to pass the required exams and drop out. To fulfil their mission, Shivia strives to raise £400,000 each year. To date, Shivia has helped over 13,500 families through its programmes : Poultry Development Services, Agri-management Services and Goateries. Given they train whole families and whole families benefit from the additional income, they have improved the lives of approximately 78,000 individuals. This is over 1,250 villages all in the rural areas of West Bengal within 100km of the city, Kolkata. At SLT, we are firm believers that education goes beyond the classroom, and are proud to support a charity that develops life and business skills as well as the families using their additional income to better educate their children through private tuition.
HOW DOES SIMPLY LEARNING TUITION HELP?
For every family that registers with Simply Learning Tuition, we fund a private tutor for a child in rural West Bengal for an entire month.
We also organise several charity events through the year. Details of these will appear on this page, our Events page and our social media channels, please follow us to keep updated.
Our Director of Education, Katie Haigh, cycled through the night to raise funds for Shivia’s Poultry Development Services, as part of a 5 cyclists forming Team Shivia for the London Nightrider 2019. Together our efforts helped to raise £2,250 for the charity. In June 2019, our donation to the House of Commons annual Shivia Dinner raised a further £1,000.
To find out more about Shivia’s work, please watch this video.