The Ambika Paul Foundation,
UK- in memory of Lord Paul's daughter Ambika
The Ambika Paul Foundation is a charitable trust set up in memory
of Lord Paul's daughter Ambika who died of leukaemia in 1968 at
the age of four. It was the treatment purposes of Ambika that brought
Lord Paul to Britain in 1966.
He remained in England after her tragic death and went on to create
the Caparo Group of companies, which currently has a turnover of
USD 1.5 billion. The Foundation promotes the well-being of children
around the world through education, culture and health and seeks
to encourage and inspire them to learn about the world they live
in. The foundation supports a number of children's charities in
UK as well as the Zoological Society of London.
Whilst receiving treatment in England, London Zoo became Ambika's
favourite destination and in 1994, when the Zoo was under threat
of closure, Lord Paul gave 1 million pounds to the Zoological Society
of London which used that donation for rebuilding the London's Children's
Zoo in her name.
In India, the Foundation's projects include the
development of a Cultural Centre, a School of Manufacturing and
Material Technology, a sports stadium and community health centre.
In the United States,
Foundation has donated USD 500,000 to the Carnegie Mellon University
in North America, where two research teams are working to understand
infant development to help children with developmental disabilities
such as autism and specific language impairment.
In UK, The Ambika Paul Foundation has gifted over
6,000 UK secondary schools with a copy each of the recently published
book 'Courage,' written by Gordon Brown, MP, the
new leader of the Labour Party and the incoming British Prime Minister.
- The book explores the lives of eight outstanding twentieth-century
figures, all of which have stories of inspirational courage and
examines why some men and women take difficult decisions and do
the right thing against the odds when easier and far less dangerous
alternatives are open to them.
- According to him, "'Ignited Minds' is a very inspiring
book for children."
- Lord Paul who has keen interest in the education of young people
had previously distributed large copies of the book 'Ignited Minds,'
written by the President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam.