The Sophia Zaveri Foundation

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In memory of Sophia, who died on March 15th 2020 when she was only 13 years old, the Sophia Zaveri foundation contributes to three charities which reflect the spirit, compassion and bi-cultural roots of her caring and nurturing nature. 

Sophia was born in Brazil and spent some of her growing-up years there, spending time between Brazil and the UK. She loved going back to Brazil to visit. She loved the warmth and the people and whenever she saw a poor person or a young child selling something to make money, she would say, “Can’t we help them or please buy something?”

If you could have met Sophia, you would have seen what a special girl she was. She lit up the room with her bright smile and made immediate friends with everyone she met.

Sophia loved children and helping others. She was always changing her mind about what she wanted to do when she grew up but she had already decided that she wanted to help orphans and the poor in her gap year before university. Sadly, she will never have that chance, but we like to believe she would have become a doctor, nurse or teacher so that she could do as much as possible to help others.

She was the Head Girl in her school and especially looked out for the younger children and always had something nice to say to them and about them. She loved to draw, sing, dance and learnt to play the piano. At home, she loved nothing better than to watch a movie with her parents on Netflix, talk with her older brothers by phone, or send them silly videos of her making different funny faces. She was truly the light of our lives.

Sophia will be eternally missed not only by her family but by everyone whose life she touched. Because of her constant desire to help others, we want to honour her memory and keep her light shining by helping others.

Below are more details of the four main areas we will fund:

Support for orphanages

Sophia always loved young children. She liked to play with them, make them laugh, take care of them and always felt comfortable and fulfilled around younger kids. She wanted to work with orphans in the future and it is one of the reasons that we (via Sophia’s father’s company, BMI) have provided support to orphanages in Colombia and Brazil over the years. From 2015 to 2018, Sophia and her father visited orphanages in Salvador (Brazil) around Christmas, delivering toys and enough food for a month.

The Sophia Zaveri Foundation will therefore offer continuous year-round support of food and supplies to an orphanage in Salvador which shelters and educates young children.

Depending on donations and ongoing funding, we hope to build and open a new orphanage in Monte Gordo – a very poor town in Bahia in the northeast of Brazil where there is currently nowhere for orphans to find shelter (the nearest orphanage is 60 km away). Monte Gordo is very near Guarajuba – her favourite place in the world.

Support for families in extreme poverty

We will support families in small towns in Bahia - who are in extreme poverty. This means they are earning less than R$ 600 per month which is approx. US$109, £81 or €96 at today’s exchange rate (Jan 2022).

These are families who are not covered by government aid programs and never have enough food to eat. The foundation will therefore be supplying them with food and other items to last them for each month.

Support for those living in deprived Old Folks' Homes

Care for the elderly who are on the fringes of society is scant in Brazil, especially if those senior citizens have mental health issues. The Foundation supports a charity which provides accommodation to these needy seniors. Support is directly delivered in the form of food, supplies, building maintenance and 'luxury' items such as adult nappies. By donating, you will be bringing relief and joy to these deserving elders. There is very little in life that is as satisfying as giving someone the gift of dignity.

Support for future doctors from impoverished families

We will support five students from very poor families who, despite going to under-funded, under-equipped state high schools, were smart enough to get into a one of the highly competitive federal universities where they are studying to become doctors. However, even though education is free in Brazilian federal universities, they often fail or drop out because they can’t even afford the bus fare to university, or they have to stop their studies in order to work to help feed the family or to deal with other life needs and hardships.

We will therefore cover a significant part of their expenses for the rest of their university studies to make sure that they can complete their degrees and achieve their dream of being a doctor or teacher. Upon completion, they are highly likely to return and help in their communities but will certainly earn enough to maintain their families. Depending on funding we hope to increase the number of students supported each year.

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting The Sophia Zaveri Foundation. We welcome donations of any size so we can continue with and further expand the principal causes and objectives of The Sophia Zaveri Foundation, in memory of our beloved daughter who so wanted to show love and generosity to others.

The Zaveri Family
(Samir, Vera, João Victor & Sarin)

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A Fundação Sophia Zaveri

Em memória de Sophia, que morreu em 15 de março de 2020, quando tinha apenas 13 anos, a Fundação Sophia Zaveri auxilia diretamente instituições de caridade que refletem o espírito, compaixão e as raízes bi-culturais de sua carinhosa natureza.

Sophia morava no Reino Unido, mas nasceu no Brasil e adorava visitar sua terra quando podia. Ela adorava o calor humano dos brasileiros e, sempre que via uma pessoa pobre ou uma criança carente vendendo algo para ganhar dinheiro, ela dizia: “Não podemos ajudá-los?“ ou “Por favor, comprar alguma coisa?”

Sophia amava crianças, ajudava os outros e já havia decidido que queria ajudar órfãos e pobres em seu ano sabático antes da universidade. Infelizmente, ela nunca terá essa chance. Sua família acreditava que seu desejo era se tornar médica, enfermeira ou professora, fazendo o possível para ajudar os outros.

A Fundação oferece apoio em quatro áreas importantes, como:

Apoio a orfanatos

Sophia adorava crianças. Ela gostava de brincar com elas, fazê-las sorrir, de cuidar delas e sempre se sentia confortável e realizada na presença de crianças mais novas. Ela queria trabalhar com órfãos no futuro e a Fundação oferece apoio contínuo durante todo o ano, incluindo alimentos e suprimentos, a um orfanato em Salvador que abriga e educa crianças carentes. A fundação, que depende de doações para seu financiamento contínuo, espera ainda construir e abrir um orfanato próprio, em sua homenagem.
 
Apoio às Famílias em Situação de Pobreza Extrema

A fundação apoia 15 famílias em uma pequena cidade da Bahia, em situação de extrema pobreza. Isso significa que eles estão ganhando menos de R$ 600 por mês (em janeiro de 2022). São famílias que não são cobertas por programas de ajuda do governo e que raramente têm comida suficiente para comer. A Fundação oferece, todos os meses, alimentos e outros itens, como produtos de higiene para meninas, por exemplo.   

Apoio a quem vive em asilos de idosos carentes

O atendimento aos idosos carentes também é escasso no Brasil, principalmente se esses idosos tiverem problemas de saúde mental. A Fundação apoia uma instituição de caridade que oferece alojamento a estes idosos necessitados. O apoio é fornecido diretamente através de alimentos, suprimentos, manutenção predial e itens de 'luxo', como fraldas para adultos. Ao doar, você estará trazendo alívio e alegria a esses idosos. Poucas coisas na vida são tão gratificante quanto proporcionar a alguém o dom da dignidade. 

Apoio para futuros médicos

A Fundação apóia estudantes de famílias muito humildes que, apesar de frequentarem escolas estaduais subfinanciadas e mal equipadas, são inteligentes o suficiente para serem aprovados em universidades federais altamente competitivas, onde estudam para se tornarem médicos. No entanto, embora a educação seja gratuita nas universidades federais, os alunos muitas vezes são reprovados ou jubilados por não poderem pagar o transporte, precisarem interromper os estudos para ajudar a sustentar a família ou ainda por lidar com outras necessidades e dificuldades da vida. A Fundação cobre uma parte significativa de suas despesas, até completarem sua graduação, a fim de garantir que eles se formem e realizem o sonho de ser médico ou professor. Dependendo das doações, esperamos aumentar o número de alunos apoiados a cada ano.

Família Zaveri
(Samir, Vera, João Victor & Sarin)
  • Donald Back 
    • £100 
    • 14 d
  • Keith Segal 
    • £6,000 
    • 28 d
  • David Thomas 
    • £100 
    • 3 mos
  • Heidi Haynes 
    • £500 
    • 4 mos
  • Mark Eisenstadt 
    • £250 
    • 4 mos
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Fundraising team: Sophia's Foundation (6)

Samir Zaveri 
Organizer
High Street, Edgware
João Lepera 
Team member
Rupert Merrick 
Team member
Sangin Zaveri 
Team member
Sanjay Zaveri 
Team member
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