ABOUT US

We empower vulnerable people across the world through essential support initiatives.

‘Avasara’ is the Sanskrit word for opportunity. We are a family and friend run charity with a vision of a world where everybody has an opportunity to forge a better path.

Our primary focus is in India, East Africa, and the UK where we take on sustainable projects targeting education, sanitation and financial empowerment. Where necessary, Avasara also stands ready to provide emergency relief, like during the COVID-19 global pandemic

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An map highlighting the charity's countries of operation: the UK, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya and India

CREATING SCALE WITH EVERY POUND

Each project is collaboratively constructed alongside local communities, such that Avasara’s project management experience is combined with the community’s lived experience to create the most impactful solutions.

We undertake projects with relatively low financial requirements, but which have scale to produce a significant impact for beneficiaries. By partnering with grassroots organisations, including small charities and schools, we keep costs low so that over 90p of every £1 donated goes to the communities.

OUR CORE TARGET ISSUES

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Vulnerable communities are often the hardest hit by global crises as supply chains break down and economic recessions spread. Where appropriate, Avasara will seek to assist these communities during these difficult periods by providing essential relief.

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At Avasara, we believe that education should be accessible to everyone. We are focused on providing educational opportunities to young people, regardless of their circumstances of birth. Avasara will look to create impact through equality programmes, scholarships, and essential school supplies.

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Lack of access to basic sanitary facilities can be inhibiting for communities across the world, not only due to the spread of disease and illness, but also through restrictive female hygiene, resulting in girls leaving school. Avasara will focus on projects to facilitate education and access to basic sanitation.

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Across the Global South, providing an opportunity to women to earn an income through micro-entrepreneurship has been shown to have had a positive impact for whole communities. Avasara will look to contribute to this work by providing access to capital, as well as guidance, to women who show the commitment and focus to provide for themselves.

Our trustees

Meenal Patel

After graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Meenal went on to spend 12 years in the banking industry working in leadership roles at both J.P. Morgan and Barclays. 

After deciding to transition out of banking, Meenal returned to LSE to complete an MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help bridge the gap between financial knowledge and social development. Currently, Meenal is working as an early-stage founder of her own social enterprise with the ambition of bringing social impact to for-profit business.

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CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES​
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Amit Patel

After graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Amit spent 8 years in financial services working at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. 

From there, Amit transitioned to real estate where he has spent the past 8 years in property development. Seeing how the world has been struggling in the face of global crises has given Amit the focus to try to make a difference in any way possible. Now, he is relishing the opportunity to bring about change from his position as a Trustee.

Bhavik Patel

After graduating from the University of Manchester – MBChB & University of St Andrews – BSc (Hons), Bhavik has worked in the NHS for 4 years.

He has undertaken charity work in South Africa and Mozambique, witnessing how small scale, well planned projects can have a big impact on local communities.

As a surgeon, he has developed quick decision making skills and an interest in education and training. He hopes to bring his previous experiences and interests to the charity to enable it to develop and grow.

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