The entrepreneurial family behind two of Wales’ award winning Indian restaurants have quietly been raising and donating a six figure sum of money to support social projects through their charitable trust in Northern India.
Jas Kular, co-owner of Rasoi comments, “We have been involved in developing projects in the Punjab region of India for a number of years. Following one of our visits to the region we noticed that the educational provision and the access to basis health services were lacking. So as a family we decided to set up a charitable trust and commence work on two projects. Firstly, giving young children the opportunity to start & complete their education. Secondly, addressing the lack of professional eye care services in this region.
Our education project sees us support over 75 children to complete their education. From the age of 4 years through to either they leave high school and find a job or go onto higher education, we cover the expense of their tuition fees, providing a daily lunch, uniforms, stationery and any other items that are required to complete their studies.
We receive so many stories about the past students and how their lives are progressing. Pupils have gone on to work in hospitals, offices, hotels, department stores and also completing apprenticeships in the manufacturing sector. As a family we are extremely proud of their achievements and seeing how we can make such a difference to their lives is the most rewarding part of this.
We visit India twice a year to help co-ordinate this project and we hope to support over 100 children through their education by the end of this year.”
“The second project to based around eye care and general healthcare for people who do not have easy access or can not afford this essential service. They do not have an NHS type of organisation where treatment is free at the point of delivery and sometimes what provision is available is extremely expensive and hundreds of miles away.
So we set up a mobile eye clinic that travels to the remote areas of the Punjab and provide free eye tests to all members of the community. These clinics have been extremely popular, with over 150 people attending our last event in one day alone.
Following an eye test, if the optometrist identifies that someone requires glasses, then we will provide these free of charge. If a more serious condition is identified then we have the provision to transport an individual to a regional hospital and whatever the procedure is, we will cover this cost. Secondly, if a resident requires more serious surgery for an unrelated condition, then we have a hospital situated only 2km from the border of Indian and Pakistan, where again, we will provide this care free of charge to the individual. We will make sure they also return home safely after their period of convalescence.”
Kullar concludes, “We are committed as a family to continue these projects and we want to help fund projects that allow people to become educated, remain healthily and to be given career opportunities, things that we take for granted in the UK.
It’s the smiling happy faces that make this all worthwhile”