Welcome To WIA UK

WIA UK was founded in 1960 by Her Excellency Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Sister of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was conceptualised at the home of the Indian High Commissioner, at Kensington Palace Gardens, London. Since inception, it has been a tradition that the spouse of the High Commissioner of India to be Patron of the WIA.

At that time, the main objectives of the WIA were to strengthen ties between Britain and India and Indians in Britain. Young students coming to the UK were provided with support and links to British and local Indian families by the WIA.

In July 1981 the WIA was registered as Charity, raising funds for projects that reflect the ethos of empowering the women and children and is in the 59th year of continuous service to the Community. In addition, the WIA has taken on a holistic approach to support the homeless and disadvantaged.

The WIA currently supports 8 projects in India and 3 in the UK.  With a membership of over 500 ladies in London, the WIA continues its commitment to empowering women and children through education, rehabilitation, life skills and social welfare.

Our Mission Statement

To empower socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society to reach their full potential through education. WIA primarily supports projects that help participants acquire or upgrade skills and education, be it technical, vocational or entrepreneurial, all aimed at income generation. Some of the other projects we support are a by-product of these like, rehabilitation, maternal health care and child nutrition. In addition we assist disaster relief operations by collaborating with charities working in disaster stricken areas around the globe.

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Why WIA ?

WIA is the oldest Indian Charitable Organisation in the UK. It has a long history of commitment to the mission set out by its founder and every Chairperson has striven to uphold the ideals that it embodies. The Committee members all work for the WIA on an Honorary basis and the work is done with diligence. Almost the entire funds collected are disbursed to the charities that are supported at that time with a minimum of overhead costs.

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Why is the WIA undertaking this?

With the mission goals in mind, the WIA raises funds which are disbursed to the charities that engage in such activities.

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India’s Hope

Children are the future as we know. In order for us to achieve our place among the developed nations of the world, we must aim to educate as many children as possible. In India we have unfortunately found that education for the girl child has been neglected. WIA is committed to facilitating a change in this area.

Dear Friends and Members of the WIA,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you into the wonderful world of the WIA, the oldest Indian Charity in the UK. This website is a peep into what we do and stand for, in the field of empowering and supporting those who need it. I hope that you will feel as passionately as I do when you see how far every penny you donate goes towards the betterment of the lives of those less fortunate.

Originally begun as a social platform to help members of the community to find their feet when they came to the UK, giving them a continued sense of support; the WIA has grown in leaps and bounds to become a Registered Charity in the UK, funding many projects both here and in India.

Our initiatives and the charities we support range from promoting education, vocational training and medical care initiatives, to feeding the homeless and counselling the disadvantaged. The WIA relies on the energetic and selfless work that its Committee Members and supporters provide, to collect and disburse funds to these initiatives. All the
Committee Members provide their services in an honorary capacity thus keeping administration costs at a minimum.

As I have always maintained, I am very passionate about empowering the women and children, especially the girl child, but this is not exclusive and my focus is on reaching out to help as many people as we can in order to bring some succor and joy into their lives. I urge you all to support the WIA in whatever way you can, every little bit helps.

As we approach the 60 th year of exemplary service to the community, I am truly honoured and very grateful to be the Chairperson of the WIA. To walk in the footsteps of a stalwart like Mrs Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, who founded the WIA in 1960, is no mean task but I am sure that with the help and support of you all, I will be able to continue to make a difference to as many lives as possible.

With very warm regards,
Aseela Goenka
Chairperson WIA
aseela.goenka@wiakuk.org

Dear Friends and Members of the WIA,

The WIA is a charity organisation that is very dear to my heart for a multitude of reasons, not least because I have been actively involved with the WIA for over a decade, and have watched it grow from strength to strength. It has been a privilege to be involved, and especially now at this pivotal point in the organisation’s history, as we approach our 60th anniversary. Through that time many impoverished, marginalised and often ignored groups of people have received financial assistance through our efforts. We have often chosen to go against the grain by supporting smaller grassroots level projects that desperately needed help, or addressed issues within our communities that were previously stigmatised such as mental health and homelessness. Our work has impacted the lives of individuals both here in the United Kingdom and in India.

All of our past and present chairpersons and working committees have worked tirelessly with such sincere dedication. This has been in order to ensure that all of the monies raised have gone directly to our nominated causes. It has proved to be incredibly effective, as we have learned that even the smallest sum of money when appropriated correctly can impact and improve the lives of those in need. It is an achievement to be applauded.

I would like to count on your continued support, as we enter the next phase of the WIA. With your help, we can carry on providing much needed financial assistance to so many worthy causes.

We must keep moving forward and working towards providing aid to those who need it most. I will be working closely with Aseela, our Chairperson, to endeavor that the money we raise together continues to be used to provide a fresh start and opportunities to those who need a helping hand, so that they may break away from their present plight.

Thank you for all your support, I look forward to seeing you soon at our forthcoming events as we mark our 60th Anniversary.

Best wishes to you and your families,
Vinu Khosla
Vice Chairperson
vinukhosla@wiauk.org

Why Women & Children ?

Team members in London had pledged to support the Barclays HeForShe campaign. HeForShe is a United Nations’ global campaign to engage one billion men in the advancement of women’s rights as part of UN Women’s awareness efforts. To summarize one of the five ways to show support for the HeForShe campaign is to support a women’s charity to commit to helping promote gender equality and contribute to community investment.

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