Who we are - FoSBT(UK)
Several of the FoSBT Trustees and early 'Friends' are current or former volunteers with SBT in Delhi, who were determined that our support for the street children whose world we had visited should not come to an end on simply because we had to return to the UK. Our experiences with the children at various shelter homes in Delhi touched us, changed our perspectives and left us hungry for more. With the support of others with experience in the voluntary sector, and of the founders of SBT in India, the idea for an official UK organisation came about as a way to celebrate 20 years since SBT (the inspiration for FoSBT) first started to coax children off the unforgiving streets of India's capital and into an environment in which they could hope to lead meaningful lives.
Nidhi currently works as a banker in London. Having studied in Delhi where she spent several months teaching Maths to some of the boys at Apna Ghar, she found the experience very enriching. She was taken on officially as a teacher but was so inspired by SBT's work that she refused to claim the expenses she was owed. Her enthusiasm to do more for the children was instrumental in the formation of FoSBT and has also been known to express itself in poetry!
Nick is a partner at a firm of notaries in London. In 2006 he went on a 'City Walk' tour with one of SBT's graduate ex-street kids (now a tour guide, obviously), was strongly impressed by what he saw, went back to volunteer in early 2007 and now manages to escape from his documents whenever possible (currently about four months every year) to live in Delhi and do a variety of work with street children.
Steve is a Commercial Director at KPMG, with a background in retail operations. He leads KPMG's relationship with some of their larger corporate clients. He has worked with a number of charities in recent years, aiming to bridge the gap between the corporate and charitable worlds. He was introduced to the work of SBT when he visited the City Walk with his wife and two sons; inspired by that, he ran the London Marathon for SBT before joining as a Trustee in 2018. Hobbies include anything on two wheels.
After many years' experience as a GP in Scotland, including in deprived areas, Justin now works part-time 8 months a year at a University practice. With his wife, he spends much of the remaining time volunteering in India and Myanmar on health-related projects. They prefer to return to the same organisations each year to deepen the ties and try to ensure continuity in the work. Together with Nick Thompson, he has committed to visiting Delhi at least once a year to assess developments and give feedback to Trustees and supporters in the UK.