Nirdhan’s Annual Day Celebrations

Tomorrow, 23rd August, marks the 6th anniversary of the foundation of our organisation in India, Nirdhan.  To mark the occasion the directors are hosting an evening reception to showcase the work we are doing in the rural villages of Bengal, helping families lift themselves out of poverty.

There will be 120 guests at the event – local dignitaries, business people, celebrities and other supporters – which includes a presentation of our operations plus first hand accounts from some of our farmers, including Kalyani, one of our featured farmers – click here to take a look.

It promises to be a wonderful and entertaining evening with music and dance and some traditional food and snacks, including momos, Tibetan dumplings which are hugely popular in Bengal and have become ubiquitous across India.

Here at Shivia in the UK we are particularly excited about the event as it also marks the start of Nirdhan’s fundraising activities within India and new chapter for the team in Kolkata. We are extremely proud of all the hard work they have put into organising this event and wish them every success.

Olly is currently on her way to Kolkata to represent Shivia and support Nirdhan tomorrow evening and will report back later this week when she returns  to London with all the news, stories and photos.

We have updated our short video for Nirdhan to show to the guests at the event.  It has all the current facts and figures from our livelihood programmes.  Take a look here…


Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • 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