The Pendsey Trust works with children and young people in Nagpur, India who live with Type 1 Diabetes. Everyone is insulin dependent and without it, coma and death occurs within days. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas and kills them off. Patients must therefore inject insulin many times a day in order to stay alive. In India, without an NHS, type 1 diabetics can not afford to buy insulin as they are already living in extreme poverty. Children are dying unnecessarily.
The Pendsey Trust offers a sponsorship programme where UK families are matched with a child in Nagpur and the UK family cover the insulin costs. The Pendsey Trust then funds educational opportunities, scholarships, vocational courses and business start up grants to enable these young people to eventually be self sufficient with their medical costs. We find this approach addresses the root causes of poverty and also gender inequality (as 90% of people needing our help are female, despite the condition affecting both genders equally – this is due to lower social status of females in the area).
Jo went to India in August 2017 to meet some of the children and young adults the Trust has helped and Invest Leeds now sponsor Sahil, a 2 year old type 1 diabetic boy. In 2019, Invest Leeds will be organising some fundraisers for The Pendsey Trust and will also be looking into corporate giving, perhaps by donating a percentage of profit to the charity.
The Pendsey Trust is proud to be entirely ran by volunteers and therefore has zero admin costs.
Donations can be made here: https://www.investleeds.co.uk/fundraise