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Award for charity founded by alumna Olly Donnelly

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


Olly (second from right) being presented with the award

Alumna Olly Donnelly (1999, Geography) is the founder of Shivia, a UK registered charity that has been working in India since 2008. Shivia works in rural West Bengal, one of India’s poorest and most populous states. The charity gives very poor families the tools and training to start an enterprise from home so that they can earn money. Shivia targets and empowers the people in most need, particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children.

The 18th Annual Charity Times Awards were hosted in London earlier this month and Shivia was shortlisted for an award for the third year running. From a large pool of nominated charities in the International Charity category, Shivia was shortlisted alongside AfriKids, Interpal and Media Legal Defence Initiative. On the night of the awards Shivia was announced as the winner, becoming the International Charity of the Year!

Nishant Lalwani, one of Shivia's trustees commented:

“I cannot express how proud I am of Shivia and Olly Donnelly for this spectacular achievement. Charity Times recognised Shivia as the International Charity of the year 2017. As context, last year’s winner was BRAC, the largest NGO in the world. Yes, seriously. What a well-deserved and wonderful thing this is. I am very proud to be on their board and am terrifically excited about the future of Shivia!”

Shivia runs three programmes based on enterprise and not just aid:

• Poultry Development Services: helping families earn an income from raising chickens
• Agri-Management Services: helping families earn money from agriculture
• Goateries: helping families earn an income from goat farming

For more information on Shivia and their inspiring work please visit their website.