The South Asian Times

23 February 2019 09:45 AM

Indian-origin woman entrepreneur to swim across English Channel

Image Courtesy: Leah Chowdhry/Facebook profile

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.

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

"I am honored 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," said Chowdhry, who is set to battle with jelly fish, ship tankers and seasickness during a journey expected to take on average 13 hours in light and darkness.

She will have family and friends in a support boat, who will be traveling alongside her but under Channel Swimming Association rules she is not allowed any human contact while undertaking the challenge.

She 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.

It is estimated that around 1.2 million children in India are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. British Asian Trust's partner organization in India, Prerana, runs three night-care centers for children at risk, as well as shelter homes and a residential training center for girls rescued from the trafficking trade.

 The latest project will support India's first online resource center dedicated to the prevention of sexual offences against children and provide 80 girls and young women aged 15 plus with a rehabilitation care program to build better futures.

Update: 07 July, 2018