In November 2019 18 individuals came together in Sri Lanka to take part in the fourth Most Exotic Challenge. The team of cyclists embarked on a 300km journey through the pearl of the Indian Ocean to fundraise for the British Asian Trust’s anti-trafficking and education work in India.
India is estimated to have nearly 8 million people living in modern slavery. There are 150,000 new instances of human trafficking in South Asia every year. Among them are tens of thousands of children, forced into labour in dangerous conditions.
British Asian Trust is working to end child labour in Jaipur, where tens of thousands of children are trapped in hazardous workshops. Their education programme aims to tackle the challenge of poor quality education in South Asia.
The Most Exotic Challenge Sri Lanka raised £280K which will enable the British Asian Trust to continue its work in transforming primary education for the poorest urban communities as well as tackling the sensitive issue of child trafficking in South Asia. To date, the Challenge has raised close to £900K – an outstanding achievement.