The UK has been supporting South Asian Countries in different fields like education, poverty alleviation, and mental health programmes. Mian Mansha who had been appointed as the Chair of the Advisory Council of the British Asian Trust thanked the Prince of Wales for taking a keen interest and supporting Pakistan.
Mian Mansha appointed Chair of the Advisory Council (British Asian Trust)
Mian Mansha has been appointed Chair of the Advisory Council of the British Asian Trust. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2004 for his contributions to industrial development. He is the current Chairman of MCB Bank Limited and a Board member of the Atlantic Council, USA.
The British Asian Trust said that he had been contributing to charity work in South Asia. Mansha said, “I am honoured and excited to have been appointed Chair of the British Asian Trust’s Pakistan Advisory Council. I have been enormously impressed with the work of the British Asian Trust in Pakistan, especially the ground-breaking mental health programme, and their focus on supporting thousands of women to secure jobs. I look forward to supporting the organization to be even more impactful.”
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust said: “We are delighted that Mian Mansha has joined as Chair of our Pakistan Advisory Council. We hope that his leadership will contribute greatly to our work in Pakistan. It is through the guidance of our Advisory Councils that we do all we can to be impactful, cost-effective, and accountable in all our endeavours.”
British Asian Trust
It is an International Development Organization that wants South Asia to prosper. Prince of Wales and British Asians founded this organization. The main aim was to eliminate poverty and inequality in South Asia. It supports poor and marginalized people to achieve their best with sustainable solutions. It has been supporting programmes for a decade now.
The British Asian Trust has been supporting programmes in Pakistan for over a decade. Over the past three years, 16 million people have benefitted from its mental health programme. 25,000 people have been provided with mental health care and support. Last year, the UK government-funded them with £2 million for the Trust’s Women’s Economic Empowerment programme. This will help approximately 10,000 Pakistani women to find a job or start a business in a post-pandemic phase.
Mian Mansha thanks Prince of Wales
He thanked the Prince of Wales South Asian countries. He met Prince of Wales Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camila at a dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of the British Asian Trust. It was to raise funds for the COVID 19 recovery work in Pakistan, Srilanka, India, and Bangladesh. The other dignitaries included Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Secretary Sajid Javid, and Adar and Natasha Poonawalla, heads of the Serum Institute of India and long-term supporters of the Trust.
Mian Mansha said that he was thankful to the Prince of Wales for his constant support for the educational development in Pakistan. He said “I am honoured to have met His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall at the British Asian Trust’s Annual Reception and Dinner at the British Museum. The British Asian Trust’s fundraising efforts to tackle poverty, inequality, and injustice in South Asian countries such as Pakistan are highly commendable and quite a feat in the current COVID-19 environment. I am grateful to the Royal couple and the British Asian Trust for their kind hospitality and generosity. Having just learned of his health, I also take this opportunity to wish His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales a swift recovery from COVID-19.”
The Prince of Wales said: “I cannot quite believe it is almost two years to the day that my wife and myself were able to be with all of you to celebrate the work of the British Asian Trust. Since then, across the globe, there has been a terrible loss of life from COVID-19 and we have especially seen the devastating impact throughout South Asia. In these most challenging times, the British Asian Trust has run four significant fundraising appeals which have so far raised almost £20m. A truly remarkable achievement in such a difficult environment.”