New Delhi, 4th March 2020: Sports and Youth Services & NRI Affairs Minister of Punjab, Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi launched Savera, a non-profit organization at Indian International Centre, New Delhi recently. Feed or bleed India, a short film by Susheel Jangira was screened at the event followed by a panel discussion in between Ms. Shazia Ilmi, Dr. Samir Parikh, Mr. Arvind Uppal, Ms. Sonu Bhasin & Mr. Sohail Madan on “Sustainable Actions for an Impactful Change”.
The charitable trust aims to focus on addressing issues of wellness, women & child, environment and sustainability through sustainable and impactful work. It believes in the fusion of the power of ideas, power of sustainable collaborative outreach programs and the power of awareness to build a unified, progressive and rational India
“It is a dynamic world and it requires a narrative best suited to the need of the hour. I personally believe that a little good can take us a long way. We have started Savera to do that little good and address the evils of today for the betterment of tomorrow.” said Mr. Sodhi, founder of Savera during the launch.
For over 15 years, Savera Charitable Trust has touched over a million lives in the Ferozepur district of Punjab. With initiatives in rural wellness and community development, Savera has aided medical urgencies, provided vocational training and organized blood donation camps along with assisting and showcasing the work of rural artisans.
Under the environment sustainability vertical it works towards creating a safe environment by influencing positive change in behavior patterns by educating the rural population in and around valuable ecosystems to secure wildlife, resources, and wetlands. They have partnered with BirdLife International to create Safety zones for the Indian Bustards and Vultures.
Samir Parikh, Director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis National Mental Health Program who is also in the board of advisors of Savera added “We would like to create awareness about issues that are still seen as taboo in the 21st century and strive to help the underprivileged and rural sections of the society in achieving wellness. The aim is to develop initiatives that are holistic and focus on a healthy mind that can reside in a healthy body. Our initiatives not only focus on physical health but also on mental and emotional health which is an integral part of well-being.
Programs addressing health and gender equity, cases of violence against women and children and work towards improving maternal and infant health are some of the initiatives of the women and child hand of Savera.
The advisory board members of the foundation include some of the renowned names in the industry like Lt. Gen Vijay Singh, Mr. Vinod Kumar Duggal, Dr. Samir Parikh, Ms. Neetu Mehta, Mr. Arvind Uppal, Ms. Sonu Bhasin, Mr. Neeraj Sharma, Ms. Namrata Bali & Mr. Anirudh Taparia.