Shiv Shakti Sewa Trust
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Shiv Shakti Sewa Trust
About Us
We are an energetic group of people with the ambition to end poverty. Our group came together in the summer of 2015 from different backgrounds and walks of life at a festival. Since then we have been working individually to make a difference in people’s lives that haven’t had the necessities of life to prosper further. Since February 2018 we decided to unite and share our likeminded vision to end poverty in the world. We want to empower people with resources to help them to; become educated, earn an honest living and in turn help another person to do the same. Like a tree one branch leads to another to flourish and succeed and reaching new heights.
  1. Almost 50% of the world’s population that’s more than 3 billion people live in poverty with more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty struggling to eat food once every two days. [1]
  2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. [2]
  3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. [3]
  4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhoea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day. [4]
  5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were severely underweight due to chronic malnutrition. [5]
  6. Preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment. [6]
  7. Quarter of all humans live without electricity - approximately 1.6 billion people. [7]
  8. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty that's less than quarter the income of the top 100 richest billionaires. [8]
  9. “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” - by World Food Programme. [9]
What are we going to do about it?
We are going to embark on projects which we are raising funds for and can be found by clicking projects. The Charity Commission recently reported that a number of charities were only spending 3% on actual charitable activities. With over 20% going toward expenses and the rest on marketing and staff pay.
How are we different?
Any travel costs and expenses will be paid by the trustees. We firmly believe in getting help from volunteers (including the trustees) to help with fundraising by word of mouth marketing. Where marketing is justified we aim not to exceed 2% of the fund-raised meaning over 90% is put towards charitable activities which is the highest of any charity that exists. You will be thinking what about staff? Our aim is to empower those in need, so we will train staff who are currently in poverty to support and lead projects in their local areas to grow a small hub into one that then becomes a snowball effect and pull one person after another out of poverty.
  1. United Nations Development Programme. "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience." Human Development Report, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  2. United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME). "UNICEF: Committing to Child Survival: A promise renewed." UNICEF, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  3. FAO, IFAD and WFP. "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014. Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition." Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  4. World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). "Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2014 Update." 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  5. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). "Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress." United Nations Children’s Fund. 2013. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  6. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) . "Pneumonia and diarrhoea Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children." Web accessed February 25, 2014.
  7. UNICEF and WHO. "Immunization Summary: A statistical reference containing data through 2013." 10 November 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.
  8. United Nations. "The Millennium Development Goals Report 2007." United Nations, 2007. Web Accessed April 29, 2014.
  9. Oxfam. "The cost of inequality: how wealth and income extremes hurt us all." Oxfam, 2013. Web Accessed May 6, 2014.
  10. World Food Programme. "What causes hunger?" Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide, 2010. Web Accessed February 22, 2014.
  11. UNAIDS. "Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic." UNAIDS, 2010. Web Accessed May 1, 2015.
Projects & Case Studies
Food Drive: The Beginning at St Anne’s Hostel, Birmingham. Read more.
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