Greetings. I’m Nidhi Mittal, and it’s my honour to mark Trustees Week 2023 by sharing my experiences as a Kidasha Trustee. My journey is rooted in a deep empathy for the families surviving life in extreme urban poverty in Nepal.
With 18 years of experience spanning across charities like the Trussell Trust and Save the Children, policy think tanks like the Coalition of Urban Transitions, and development arms of management consultancies including KPMG and Ricardo Energy & Environment, I have had the privilege of working on projects that address poverty, hunger, education, and local governance.
My connection to Nepal has been a long-standing one. Since 2011, I’ve been a frequent traveller to Nepal, where I’ve designed, delivered, and evaluated key UK Aid funded programs and child-centred initiatives. These experiences have deepened my understanding of the complex challenges faced by communities in Nepal.
My association with Kidasha began in 2016, and I’ve been actively involved in fundraising for the organisation. The admiration I have for Kidasha’s work in Nepal, where they strive to break the cycle of urban poverty, aligns seamlessly with my commitment to addressing poverty-related issues.
“As a mother myself and someone who has grown up in the South Asian sub-continent, I can empathise with the families in Nepal who face the harsh realities of urban poverty. This personal connection fuels my drive to create positive change, ensuring that children in Nepal have access to the opportunities and support they need to thrive.”
– Nidhi Mittal, Kidasha Trustee
Taking on the trusteeship for Kidasha aligns very well to my professional pursuits. I bring my knowledge of complex urban issues (including urban poverty), international development donors such as the Department for International Development (DFID), as well as understanding of low-income country and government contexts, to help the charity enhance scale the impact of our work.
I joined Kidasha’s board in 2019 which was a natural progression of my commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those in need. Trustees Week is a special time to acknowledge the importance of trustees in charitable organisations. It’s a week to reflect on the dedication, expertise, and collective effort that drives positive change. The diversity of experiences and backgrounds that trustees bring to the table fosters innovative thinking and problem-solving.
For those considering a trustee role, I encourage you to explore this opportunity. It’s a chance to channel your passion, skills, and empathy into a purpose-driven cause. Trustees Week serves as a reminder that your contributions can make a profound impact on the world. If you want to learn more about Kidasha’s unique approach and how you can help please get in touch.
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