The Teachers at School-Bhuj (2011-2012)

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The nation of India turned a Republic on the 26th of January, 1950. Since then the country celebrates the day with a lot of respect for its such status. Every state's Governing body would organise the Parade in the respective districts for display of the Police & Defense force. The people of the nation would enjoy a national holiday declared by the Government.
But on the same day in 2001, while many schools were getting ready to have their own Flag hoisting and other activities, a massive earthquake, registering 6.1 in the Richter scale, shook the state of Gujarat, with the cityof Bhuj being the epicenter. Thousands of lives were lost. Even more lives were turned upside down. Life will never be the same for most of the.

HOPE foundation step in to helpinsuch troubled times, with some relief for immediate needs. But the organisation wanted to do more than immediate relief. The idea of a Center of Hope was mooted. The main objective being that a center be created where multiple help can be rendered to those who needed it. Therefore with much help and invlovement the CoH was built.

The CoH in Bhuj consists of a formal School facility, a medical facility and a vocational training facility.

At present the School is functioning with 280 students from preprimary lto 3rd grade level. Under the vocational training program computer training is being given to about 15 students.
This year on 26th January the school celebrated the Republic day by holding it's Annual Sports day events. Though many would still be reliving thememories of the disaster, we thought it would wise to move forward and teach the same to the children learning from us. The pictures here are taken during the day's events. Enjoy them. Say a little prayer for all of the children we are invloved with and also for us that we would have the strength and continue to teach them and nurture them for a better tomorrow.
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Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Christopher,

    uploaded a few more images from this fantastic day on our new facebook page. Check out also the website for our new venture in bringing these images alive at, it has links to facebook and twitter accounts. Would be great if you could tag any familiar faces on the facebook images, helps spread the word. My email is still