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November, 23rd 2011 - Lagoon of Crabs

Volunteer and travel writer, Candace Rardon recently Jeevika Director on a visit to Mahinsa Island.  Read her impressions of our island project 'Letter from India:the lagoon of crabs' by clicking here.


October, 11th 2011 - innocent Walk for Water
innocent smoothies have long supported our work in Orissa but this year one of their employees, Geraldine, joined our Walk for Water. Geraldine, along with her boyfriend Alexis, raised over £300 and shared her day on the innocent blog.

September, 25th 2011 - Walk for Water
Thank you to everyone who came and Walked for Water with us yesterday! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. It's now time to start collecting your sponsorship and we'll update you all once we know how much we raised.

September, 5th 2011 - Big Thanks!

Another big thank you to Leila Redpath for organising her fascinating 'Greenwich, Docklands & the Rise of East India Trade' tour yesterday. If you'd like to join Leila for her follow up tour 'Tipu's Tiger and the India Museum' click here for details.

August, 31st 2011 - Looking for something to do on Sunday?

It's not too late to still get tickets for this Sunday's fascinating 'Greenwich, Docklands & the Rise of East India' tour. Click here for full details.

July, 4th 2011 - Missed our webinar?

Did you miss our recent webinar on HIV, Women and Development in India? It's not too late to still see it. Click here, sign in as a visitor and then click the play button in the middle of the screen to watch Priya's fascinating webinar.

June, 13th 2011 - Sundae Sessions

A big thank you to Sophia Surjadi and everyone who performed and helped organise yesterday's Sundae Sessions. Despite the weather, the gig was a great success! Click here to see what you missed.

May, 23rd 2011 - Jeevika Review 2009-2010

Read Jeevika's newly published review covering our work from January 2009 to December 2010 including an outline of all of our projects, a fascinating interview with Jeevika Director, Andrew Redpath and Michael Wood's 'Two Indias'.  Click here.

May, 23rd 2011 - A big thank you!

A big thank you to Leila Redpath and everyone at Kew Gardens for helping to make Friday's 'Kew and the India Museum' tour such a success.  We do hope that everyone who came along had a good time.  There are two more tours in our 'Hidden East India Company' series, full details about the next tour can be found by clicking here.

May, 18th 2011 - Donate by text

Don't have a cheque book to hand?  Don't want to put your credit card details online?  You can now donate to Jeevika by text.  All you have to do is text 'JTGD01 £X' replacing X with the amount you want to give up to £10 to 70070.

May, 16th 2011 - Kew and the India Museum

We still have a few tickets available for this Friday's Kew and the India Museum tour, part of our Hidden East India Company series, but they're going fast.  Book your tickets today to avoid disappointment.


April, 18th 2011 - Follow us on Twitter!

Jeevika Trust are now on Twitter so follow us @Jeevika_Trust to get all of the latest news in bite-sized pieces!

April, 12th 2011 - Too wealthy for aid?

Read the BBC's interesting debate about whether India is too wealthy for UK aid - what do you think?

March, 29th 2011 - Facebook Friends

Become our friend on Facebook and be the first to know what's going on.  See photos from recent events and stay in touch with us and like-minded people.

March, 28th 2011 - Great night on Friday!

Thank you to everyone who came on Friday and made it such a great success.  A particular thank you to TransIndus for sponsoring the event and Dr Vince Cable, MP for toasting our work and the centenary of our founder, E.F. Schumacher.

March, 25th 2011 - Tickets available on the door for this evening's Lecture and Bazaar

Tickets are still available for this evenings 'Raj, Rubies & Rickshaws - An Indian Evening at the Landmark' and will be available on the door.

Dr Vince Cable MP will be toasting Jeevika Founder, EF Scjhumacher's centenary at 8pm. We hope to see you there!

March, 8th 2011 - Tickets for our Jeevika Lecture and Bazaar

Tickets are still available for our Jeevika Lecture and Bazaar on Friday 25th March - don't miss out and book your tickets today.  For full details, click here.

November, 12th 2010 - R4's 'Today' feature on rural India

To coincide with President Obama's visit to India, Radio 4's Today programme has been looking at 'India's Forgotten People'.  To listen again or to catch up if you missed it, click here.

October, 11th 2010 - East India Excursion

A big thank you to everyone who joined our East India excursion but particularly to Leila Redpath for organising such a fascinating day. 

September 20th, 2010 - Walk for Water

Thank you to everyone who joined our Walk for Water yesterday, you all helped make it a fantastic day.  We'll update you soon on how much you raised.

September 15th, 2010 - Walk for Water

Don't forget this Sunday's Walk for Water.  For full details and how to register your place, click here.  We hope to see you there!

August 11th, 2010 - Walk for Water
Come and join the team and Walk for Water with us on Sunday 19th September to raise money for our water projects.   A lovely family day out with tea by the Thames at the end - for full details click here.

July 19th, 2010 - Team Jeevika - Dragon Boat Race
Congratulations to Team Jeevika 2010 for coming 8th out 47 teams in yesterday's Dragon Boat Challenge.  Full amount raised will be announced soon but for now, see the pictures here.   To watch a video of the day, including Team Jeevika in the final, click here.

July 13th, 2010 - More poor in India than Africa
A new study by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has shown that there are more poor people in 8 of India's states that the 26 poorest African countries combined.  To read more, click here.

June 7th, 2010 - Michael Wood's Lecture & Indian Bazaar
Tickets will be available on the door from 6pm for Michael Wood's Lecture 'The Last Civilisation? The Living Past in South India' and Indian Bazaar.  The Lecture starts at 7pm.  Click here for full details.

May 26th, 201 - Book your tickets soon!
Tickets for Michael Wood's lecture and our Indian Bazaar at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday 8th June are selling fast and advanced ticket sales close on Friday 28th May - book your's soon to avoid disappointment!

For full details and to book tickets click here.  Hope to see you there!

April 28th, 2010 - Memsahib collaboration
Jeevika Trust are pleased to announce Memsahib have generously said they will donate 10% of all sales generated via Jeevika Trust's website as well as at our Michael Wood Lecture in June. 

Mother and daughter team, Gita and Malika Bagai's sumptuous Princess Jackets recently featured in the Sunday Times Rich List 2010 as worn by Lucy Asprey and are now flying off the shelves.  To order your's visit Memsahib's website and tell them you came via Jeevika Trust and they will donate 10% of what you buy to support our work in India.

Alternatively, Memsahib will be featuring in our Indian Bazaar at the Royal Geographical Society while Michael Wood lectures on Tuesday 8th June.  To find out more details about Michael Wood's lecture and visiting Memsahib at our Indian Bazaar click here.

April, 20th, 2010 - Jee-News Spring 2010
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Jeevika Trust, together with Indian partner organisation Schumacher Centre, staged a successful conference in November that introduced an exciting rural development strategy to New Delhi.

The event focused on the concept of Tri-Sector Partnership - which encourages the three sectors of government, business and civil society to structurally unite and overcome their differences to combat poverty.

A keynote speech was delivered by leading Congress party figure Dr Keshava Rao. He said of politicians: “We feel so cut off sitting in Delhi. We come to power in the name of people that we cannot reach or understand. We cannot see their tears, we cannot hear their voice. Natural justice requires government to break out of the mould and think of new approaches. Tri-Sector is very welcome.”   For more details, click here

October 26th, 2009 - Blogging for India's Future 
Do you want to read India’s own perspectives on climate change chaos in South Asia? Do you want to hear the opinions of the country’s own rural poverty experts?

Jeevika Trust’s partner organisation in Delhi, Schumacher Centre, has undergone a technological transformation to raise its profile online.  The organisation has a new website. It has also launched a stimulating new blog, named The Burning Issue, which focuses on climate change and development in India. Please visit and

Schumacher Centre is currently working on a range of projects with Jeevika, including poverty-fighting efforts in remote villages within the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

October 6th, 2009 - Team Jeevika
We have now collected all of the money from Team Jeevika's efforts in the Dragon Boat Race in July and are pleased to annouce that they raised an amazing £5196!  Thank you to everyone who rowed, cheered, sponsored and supported.

September 25th, 2009 - Eclectic Boogaloo
Another massive thank you to Sophia Surjadi and all the bands that helped make last night's Eclectic Boogaloo benefit gig such a success.  Sophia and her bands raised £547.60.  If you weren't able to make Sophia's gig but want to show your support you can make a donation via her JustGiving page at

September 17th, 2009 - Waterloo Station Collection
A big thank you to everyone who gave money in Waterloo Station yesterday and of course to everyone who gave up time to help us collect £502.04!

September 14th, 2009 - Walk for Water
Thank you to everyone who helped with and came along to our Walk for Water yesterday.  A great time was had by all and we'll update you with full details soon.  Click here to see the pictures.

August 12th, 2009 - 6 MONTHS IN INDIA
Our Communications volunteers, have now been in Delhi for 6 months.  Kindly recruited for us by Ellwood & Atfield, search and selection specialists for communications with a political and regulatory context, Michael Connellan and Angie Windle are now very settled in Delhi.  Journalist Michael has been writing an update for E&A's website - to see how he's taken to the world of journalism in India, click here.

A massive congratulations and great big thank you to all of our rowers and their sponsors who took part in and supported Team Jeevika in the annual Dragon Boat Challenge on the Thames yesterday.  After a slow start, the team reached the final and came 6th out of 34 teams.  16 hairy men dressed in saris and wigs was certainly a sight for sore eyes early on Sunday morning - to see pictures of the team, click here.

A desperate gang of 5,000 impoverished Indian farmers have threatened mass suicide as their crops wilt under a summer heatwave.

The Hindustan Times reported (June 30th) that a written suicide pact signed by the farmers in Jharkhand simply said: “We cannot live a respectable life, we should be allowed to die in a respectable way.”

The signature campaign has been taken to the Indian government, in a bid to win financial aid to irrigate parched crops.

One of the farmers said to an Indian television station: "We will go on hunger strike from 15th August and later we will commit suicide if the government does not help us out." Much of India is currently gripped by destructively high summer temperatures as monsoon rains fail to hit fields.

Jeevika Trust is following developments on the story - watch this space.

July 7th, 2009 - FRSB
Jeevika Trust is proud to announce that it is now a member of the Fundraising Standards Board.   To find out what this means for you when you give to Jeevika Trust, please visit their website -

India’s rural insurgent groups have shaken the country with a spate of recent bloody murders.

Naxalite rebels are gaining strength in areas including Orissa, an eastern state where Jeevika Trust carries out vital poverty-fighting efforts.

The Naxalites are armed Maoist rebels that operate across eastern and southern India. Their ranks are filled by impoverished rural-dwelling young men and women – who see no alternative livelihood choices available to them.

In the latest incident, Naxalites killed 10 policemen in the state of Jharkhand on June 12.

Michael Connellan is a consultant for Jeevika who is based in Delhi. He said: “The Naxalite movement has been sustained for decades by one major factor, and that is rural Indian poverty.”

Economists have warned that India’s future could be threatened by the country’s rampant megacity growth.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal this week, leading Mumbai economist Dharmakirti Joshi warned his country to stem the growth of megacities (those with 10 million-plus populations) or see economic development significantly stunted.

India has 25 of the world’s 100-fastest growing urban areas. Its megacities are crippled by slums. Jeevika Trust works to highlight the fact that urban Indian poverty is fueled by rural Indian poverty. Those who see no hope in the countryside end up on city streets.

The Wall Street Journal states: “What's happening in India is part of a world-wide challenge. Megacities are sprouting around the globe. But in billion-person India, the trend is on steroids.”

The director of Jeevika’s sister organisation in India has been called upon by the United Nations to give his expert advice. Dr DK Giri, head of Schumacher Centre in Delhi, is currently advising the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on issues relating to India’s tribal peoples in the country.

The country’s 80 million tribals suffer disproportionate rates of poverty, illiteracy and disease. Millions have suffered displacement due to industrial development on their farm lands. Jeevika Trust with its Indian partners, including Schumacher Centre, has been tackling rural Indian poverty for more than 25 years.

Jeevika Trust has received praise at a major Delhi event that included global business leaders, charity executives and a Nobel Prize winner.  Delegates gathered in the Indian capital on April 17th for the launch of a study on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India by the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) co-sponsored by Jeevika Trust.

Speaking at the gathering was global green icon Dr RK Rachauri, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore for his work on climate change.  Following Dr R K Pachauri onstage was Adrian Mutton of UKIBC, who thanked Jeevika Trust warmly for its input.

For more information about Jeevika Trust and CSR, click here.

Apr 15th, 2009 - ECLECTIC BOOGALOO
Another big thank you to Sophia Surjadi who has organised another successful benefit gig to raise money for our work with HIV/Aids project, Project Mithra.  Sophia, with the help of Kaana Ellie and her full band the Remedies, Druw and the Sound of Nudge, raised £323.42 - thank you!  If you couldn't make the evening but want to support Sophia, you can donate on just giving in her name -

The world’s greatest election is upon us.  India goes to the polls for general elections from April 16 to May 13. No less than 700 million people are eligible to cast their vote.  Jeevika Trust salutes this ‘dance of democracy’ as another historic opportunity for India’s rural poor to express its will decisively and demand its rights.

It was the nation’s rural poor that voted the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition out of power in 2004.  The NDA had entered those elections with the slogan of ‘India Shining.’ But village India knew it was being denied any real share of the country’s wealth – so the rival United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was swept into government. It will soon be seen if the UPA have done enough to retain this rural support.

Andrew Redpath, Executive Director of Jeevika Trust, said: “India’s political parties are always willing to make promises to the rural poor, but not often willing and able to deliver. Whoever the victors are, they must work for all of India and not just the urban elite.”

Apr 11th, 2009 - FUNDRAISING STALL
A massive thank you to 13 year-old Ellie Harris who gave up her Easter Saturday to have a road-side stall on Barge Walk in Kingston-upon-Thames to raise money for Jeevika Trust.  Ellie raised £150.

Feb 16th, 2009 - JAI HO, SLUMDOG!
The team at Jeevika Trust salutes those behind Slumdog Millionaire on their Oscar glory - and on drawing attention to Indian poverty. Andrew Redpath of Jeevika said: "This movie has shone a spotlight on slum life in Mumbai, and that is to the benefit of India and the world. But it must be remembered that the urban poverty seen in Slumdog is driven by people trying to flee village poverty. It is this village poverty that Jeevika tries to combat. Contact us if you wish to learn more."

Jan 26th, 2009 - HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY
Everyone at Jeevika Trust would like to wish their friends in India a happy Republic Day. Jeevika Trust Programmes Officer Judith Crosland said: "Anyone who has been in India on this date knows the Republic Day celebrations are one of the world's great spectacles."

Peter Mandelson, the UK's Business Minister, is currently in India forging closer links between business leaders of the two countries. Andrew Redpath, Executive Director of Jeevika Trust, said: "I hope that Mandelson's team and their Indian counterparts remember the needs of India's poorest while meeting the country's finest business minds. Jeevika Trust believes that business has a vital role to play in meeting the needs of India's poor, and we are working to take Corporate Social Responsibility in the country to a new level."

Dec 15, 2008 - NEW TRUSTEES
Jeevika Trust has received a large number of applications for trustee positions after advertising in the Guardian and the Big Issue for new trustees. The applications came from an interesting range of people from different professional backgrounds. Appointments will be made in due course.  Watch this space...