The GDCT has supported Soham for Kids since it was founded in 2010. The charity aims to build upon the fundamentals of education by considering every aspect of a child’s development right through to young adulthood. The charity takes a holistic approach, providing vital food, clothing and healthcare alongside education. It aims to support the neediest children in the community, ensuring preparedness for the world of work after school, so investment in education results in permanent, positive change.
Soham for Kids also supports the pupils’ parents and guardians, offering vocational classes for adults, thus helping them to develop work-related skills that can provide additional household income while the children are in education. This includes sewing classes and English language classes.
As the school expands beyond its current site in Hyderabad, the charity is looking further afield with plans for expansion into other regions of South Asia.
Soham for Kids Fundraiser Event
In September 2011 Soham for Kids held its first fundraiser event in the Cotswolds in the UK, and was attended by British and Asian society, as well as political and business leaders, it was a glamorous day with Bollywood style entertainment, champagne and lawn games.
A fabulous time was had by all 200 guests, who between them managed to raise over £200,000 through a sensational live auction, hosted by well renowned Sotheby’s auctioneer Harry Dalmeny, a silent auction, and a raffle.
A new record was set of £20,000 paid for a case of 1995 Chateau Margaux, and one of the highlights of the day was a pledge of £100,000 by a prominent Indian businessman. Soham’s target for the event was to raise £150,000 for a new school building, a target that was met and exceeded, thanks to the generosity of the guests.