The Banyan Tree's concerns are largely
with women and their children; training and employment, education, tuition
fees, books and uniforms, housing, nutrition and health.
We personally know the people we work with and those we support.
We care about them and we can speak about them and their problems
and solutions with knowledge and confidence.
We have tight control
over the use of our funds. We do not work with larger NGOs or
through Government Departments.
Our administrative costs are low, with
96% - 98% of the funds we raise used directly in India, where
a relatively small amount can achieve a great deal.
Money transferred at face value buys many times
what it would in the UK.
Our accounts in India are audited and
a monitoring and assessment visit is made at least once every
year (air fares and other expenses are not
borne by the charity).
The smallest of gifts makes a HUGE difference.
What we do...
The Banyan Tree project has grown out of many years' experience dealing with
the social problems and needs of extremely poor and disadvantaged families.
A high proportion are Dalit (the oppressed)
formerly considered as outcastes; many are illiterate, all have few rights
and little access to government services.
Where we work...
The Banyan Tree works in a largely rural area centred on Nedumangad
in the south of Kerala State.
of The Banyan Tree is an autonomous subcommittee
of (Charity No:1078353)
We are a small group of volunteers who have
been the principal funders of the work in India since Autumn 2000.