On Tuesday evening, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Dinner for supporters of the British Asian Trust at Banqueting House in London.
Prince Charles is President of the British Asian Trust which he founded in 2007.
Charles felt the need to take action against the extensive poverty and adversity that he saw in South Asia.
He turned to the entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian Diaspora, aiming to link them with innovative social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region.
Since 2007, The British Asian Trust has organised financial backers, mobilised resources and increased recognition, making genuine difference to over 1.5 million people in South Asia.
Joining Charles and Camilla were more than 300 guests at Tuesday evening’s Dinner in support of the British Asian Trust’s work in encouraging underprivileged people in South Asia to transform their lives.
The event this year marked the launch of a new anti-trafficking fund for India supporting the work the Trust has undertaken in support of at risk girls affected by abuse and exploitation.
Sadly, India is home to almost half of the world’s trafficked population. Reports show that more than 14 million people live in what is characterised as modern-day slavery.
The British Asian Trust has supported many programmes to embolden young, vulnerable girls, to take back their lives, including many who trafficked in the past.
The inaugural event in 2014 raised more than £500,000 to support grass-roots programmes across South Asia. The Trust continues its work with health,
education and livelihoods, enabling access to quality education, skills training and enterprise advancement.
Those in attendance Tuesday included Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi; music and television producer, Simon Cowell with partner Lauren Silverman; X Factor Judge, Louis Walsh; Bollywood actress, Rani Mukerji; Chelsea footballer, Cesc Fàbregas and British Asian Trust Ambassadors Shahid Khan (aka Naughty Boy), Gurinder Chadha OBE, Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE and James Caan CBE.
British Asian Trust Ambassador, Nihal Arthanayake hosted the evening festivities, which included a speech by Prince Charles and performances by singer Ella Henderson and comedian Romesh Raganathan.