Who we are

We are a group of like minded women who share the same vision – to help empower and enrich the lives of those we support so they are assured a brighter future. Established since 2017, KindheART has grown in both scope and scale, with our Art and Culture events reaching adults across London and our charitable grants reaching several projects across Africa and India.

Alka Shah

Alka Shah

Founder, Chair & Trustee

Growing up in a large family taught me the value of giving and sharing, and instilled in me the importance of being compassionate and putting others first from a very young age.

KindheART was born out of my desire to do something to help the children I saw and met in Africa who are either disabled, orphaned or just too poor to afford basic necessities. They have so little and yet they are always smiling , always sharing the little they have. They live in hope that some day their future will be brighter. It was that hope that I saw in their eyes that made me want to do something to help make a difference. I feel very strongly that everyone, no matter rich or poor, everyone has the right to education, everyone has the right to look forward to a brighter future.

My love for the Arts and for educating myself on the Arts (which I felt I missed out on whilst growing up in Kenya) led me to start organising curated events which brought the Arts to everyone who had the same passion for learning . I firmly believe that we have found a unique way to learn whilst giving something back to those who need it most. Thank you to everyone who supports KindheART in this wonderful vision we have of changing lives and making a difference where it matters most.

Rajni Ganatra

Rajni Ganatra

Treasurer & Trustee

Having spent my childhood in Africa & India, I was always aware of the poverty and hardship around me.
During my 50 years of living in the UK, I have been passionate about fundraising for various charities.

I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity by KindheART to make a difference to childrens lives whilst promoting art and culture. Together with our enthusiastic team members and the support of art lovers, I hope we we will together achieve our vision.

Kalpana Shah

Kalpana Shah

Public Relations & Trustee

I have been driven by the desire to give something back especially to those in need without any expectations or wanting something back in return . KindheART has given me the opportunity to do that. I believe we present our curated events with art and cultural experiences in a unique way . I love the networking element and the intellectual debate with the many connoisseurs of art who are supporting us in our endeavours towards making a brighter future for the underprivileged. I am so excited at sharing KindheART’s vision and passion towards creating change.
Rekha Savjani

Rekha Savjani

Legal Counsel & Trustee

The importance of philanthropy and giving back to society was instilled in me from a young age by my father whose charitable works in England and India I have been involved with for many years . KindheART has given me the opportunity to combine my love of the arts with my desire to be involved with charitable causes aimed more specifically to help women and children. I am honoured to be part of a charity where I contribute to help improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves and at the same time further my own knowledge of art through our specialist Art related events.

How KindheART is helping

  • Kindheart’s focus during 2019 has been to provide education for Orphans who cannot attend school anymore due to the loss of one or more parent through HIV. We are proud to report that with your generous donations we have sponsored a total of 51 orphans through primary education. These children are from two orphanages in Kenya which are personally known to us.
  • We are helping disabled children stay in school by the provision of specialised wheelchairs and access to the Jaipur Foot programme – We are proud to have donated 55 wheelchairs to disabled children and those suffering from cerebral palsy.
  • We are helping young women to obtain an uninterrupted education by donating sanitary towels so that they don’t miss up to 5 days of school as a result of having to be confined to their homes during their monthly cycle.
  • We are supporting the poorest and neediest children and helping them stay in school.
  • We are brightening the lives of children with life threatening illnesses.

Did you know?

  • There are roughly 153 million Orphans worldwide at the moment and 52 million are in Africa.
  • Schools practise widespread discrimination against children with disabilities in enrolment decisions.
  • Many schools in the developing world are not equipped to teach disabled children, and stigma against those with learning difficulties pervades many societies.
  • There are still some 59 million primary-age children and 65 million adolescents out of school – Unicef.

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