Indian-origin entrepreneur in UK to swim across English Channel

London: An Indian-origin woman entrepreneur in the UK is training to swim across the English Channel to raise funds to combat child trafficking in India, reports said on Sunday.

I am honoured to be one of the first ever British Asian women to take on this challenge, with only just short of 1,500 people to ever complete the swim.  Leah Chowdhry

Leah Chowdhry, who runs professional childcare service called Pop up, Party & Play, will set off from Dover on a gruelling 35 km swim to Calais in France on Wednesday to raise funds for the British Asian Trust, a charity founded by Prince Charles.

Chowdhry is set to battle with jellyfish, ship tankers and seasickness during a journey expected to take on average 13 hours in light and darkness. She will have family and friends travelling alongside her but, under Channel Swimming Association rules, she is not allowed any human contact.

Trained over last 6 months

  • Chowdhry has been training hard over the last six months to help raise funds that will go towards protecting vulnerable children from trafficking and exploitation in India and provide quality education for some of the country’s poorest children.
  • Chowdhry has already raised more than 35,000 pounds for this life-changing work.

Partner organisation in India

  • British Asian Trust’s partner organisation in India, Prerana, runs three night-care centres for children at risk, as well as shelter homes and a residential training centre for girls rescued from the trafficking trade.
  • The latest project will support India’s first online resource centre dedicated to the prevention of sexual offences against children and provide 80 girls and young women aged 15 plus with a rehabilitation care programme for a better future.
  • The Trust is also working with The Education Alliance to transform primary education for the poorest urban communities in Delhi.
  • Through this work, around 1,800 students of South Delhi will receive high-quality primary school education.
  • When Chowdhry visited India to see the Trust’s work in action, she said, “Despite hardships, they are so motivated, which spurs me on even more.”