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The Bhuj School

Where Learning gives Wings to Dreams
The HOPE foundation School in Bhuj

One of the most devastating and deadliest earthquakes in the beginning of the 21st century occurred in Gujarat, which is situated in the western part of India. This occurred on 26th January 2001 killing over 20,000 people in the region, the deadliest in its category over the last 189 years. Three important towns: Bhuj, Anjar, and Bacchau were destroyed, more than 50% of the people in the earthquake-hit areas migrated to neighbouring states. The crippling devastation in its aftermath drew relief workers from all over the globe. The small towns and villages were reduced to rubble.

After the initial wave, relief work began to be diverted - to disasters and victims in other parts of the world. However, the mountains of rubble are still monument to the terrible reality of the people of the region, especially Bhuj.

Then, there were those who stayed – HOPE foundation workers. On one acre of land donated to us, we started the Center of HOPE (CoH), a model community development initiative. The signature program of this CoH was the English-medium Nursery and Primary and Higher Primary School that is housed in a building built using seismic-proof technology. The school was located in the Ashapura Nagar slum, near the domestic airport, Bhuj.

The school has been a rallying point for the residents of Bhuj as their children chart out a new future for themselves and their families. Although Bhuj is no longer the same, yet the spirit of the people has been uplifted by the establishment of the school. The construction of the quakeproof school has given confidence to the people who had lost most of their children in the quake, crushed under the walls of their school classrooms.

Due to the good standard of education maintained over the years, in 2003 the school received a recognition letter from the Gujarat education board to conduct classes up to the 5th standard (age 10), followed by recognition for 6th and 7th in 2009 which was eventually upgraded up to 8th standard(age 13) in the year 2012.

Now in 2013, we have 281 children studying in the school. 113 of them are girls and 168 are boys. They are between the ages of 4 to 15.

Most of the parents work as daily wages labourers, rickshaw drivers and street food/vegetable vendors whose average monthly income would be GBP 45.

From not having any hope for future to having dreams of becoming Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Engineers, the students and parents have come a long way from the day of devastation. They still have a long way to go in realizing these dreams. We hope to be part of that process, as long as possible.

You can sponsor a student’s education for a year with just £100. Please donate here.

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