International Charity award

The 18th Annual Charity Times Awards were hosted in London on Wednesday 4th October and we were delighted that, for the third year running, Shivia was shortlisted for an award.

The largest event of its kind to honour UK charities and their supporters, the 18th annual event brought together charities and organisations from across the sector to celebrate the success and impact of individual and collaborate work.

From a large pool of nominated charities in the International Charity category, we were shortlisted alongside three other charities – AfriKids, Interpal and Media Legal Defence Initiative.

It was an honour to be considered for this award by the panel of 12 independent judges and when we arrived for the ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster hotel we already felt like winners.  So it came as a genuine but very welcome shock to be announced the overall winner, as you can see by the reaction from our team here:

We have received wonderful feedback from many supporters since the announcement, including this on Facebook from Nishant Lalwani, one of our trustees:

“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!”


Olly Donnelly receiving the award from the event hosts with Vasant Subramanyan, Chairman of Nirdhan (Shivia India).

Click here for the full list of winners on the Charity Times website.


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  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

some of our supporters