Derby girls raise over £2,500 for Indian homeless charity

Eight-year-old twins from Derby High School raised money to help homeless children in Mumbai after an inspiring trip to India

Freya and Satia Badwal, of Aston-on-Trent, held a ‘back-to-front’ day at Derby High School, raising £264, while donations to their online donation page have reached £1,001.

On top of that, Sue Basra, a parent at Derby High School and friend of the Badwal family, has agreed to match what the girls have raised, making a grand total of £2,530.

The girls created a Just Giving page and a YouTube video after visiting India last year and seeing the work of the Vatsalya Foundation first-hand.

The foundation supports around 4,000 homeless children every year, giving them an education, food and somewhere to sleep. The money raised by Freya and Satia will not only help pay for books and clothes for the children, but also contribute towards the foundation’s renovation project to house more children.

Children who will benefit from the money have sent thank you cards to Freya and Satia, their mum Karen and dad Harvey.

Mrs Badwal was extremely proud of the girls’ efforts: “We are thrilled with the amount raised and are particularly grateful to Sue and her daughter Gabi for matching the donation.

“It was lovely to receive the thankyou cards from the staff and children at the Vatsalya Foundation who would also like to Skype the girls to say thank you, something the girls are very excited about. 

“What we really want to do is see how the money has helped the children. We are planning to take the girls back to Mumbai later this year or early next year where we hope to dedicate some time offering practical help too.”

‘Back to front’ day at Derby High School saw students in the Primary Department pay £1 to wear their clothes back to front. Freya and Satia gave a presentation in assembly.

Michelle Hannaford, Head of Derby High School’s Primary Department, said everyone was proud of Freya and Satia and their fund-raising efforts.

She said: “The girls showed real initiative in raising this money and their passion to help the children in Mumbai is admirable.”

The girls’ fund-raising web page, including their YouTube video, can be found at:

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