On 26th January, 2001 (Republic
Day) a devastating earthquake struck Gujarat at 8.46 a.m. With an
intensity of 7.9 Richter lasting about two minutes, it was one of
the worst natural disasters anywhere in the world in last 100 years.
The Boys Primary School in Aadariyana village (which was first built
in 1875) was completely destroyed. No death took place as almost
the entire population of the village was in the Panchayat Bhavan
celebrating Republic Day.
there are 3 schools - the Kumar-shala (boys school - which was completely
destroyed and is rebuilt by Eklavya). There is a Kanya-shala (the
girls primary school, classes 1 to 7, which was built in 1986) and
a High School (classes 8 to 10 built in 1994). Both these school
buildings had some damages that were repaired by Eklavya.
in immediate relief efforts (food, clothes, medicines), but quickly
realised that with its expertise essentially in Teacher Training
and School Management, a long-term contribution by helping rebuild
a school would be more worthwhile.
A team was sent
to identify a village which had a school which was destroyed in
the earthquake, where people said "our houses we will repair
ourselves, you help us make the school building as we don't know
when it will otherwise get done". The village also had to be
max. within 3 hours by road from Ahmedabad to enable Eklavya teachers
to do up-down in a day.
a village on the border of the Little Rann of Kutch was identified,
an agreement signed between Eklavya and village people, ratified
by the District Collector, thereafter approved by EQ Cell, Department
of Education, Government of Gujarat.
essentially consisted of building a school at a new site; and teacher
training for teachers of all schools in the cluster of 8 villages
over a period of two years.
Mr. Sunil Handa,
Chairman of Eklavya Education Foundation and visiting faculty, Indian
Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, made a quick Project. Report
and sent e-mails to about 150 of his old IIMA students and friends.
Within four hours, he received by e-mail USD 1000 from Prakash Jhanwar
from Singapore, and that was just the beginning! Sunilbhai felt
overwhelmed and blessed Prakash spontaneously, "Tu Jug Jug
Jee" May you live a thousand years!
About 5000 employees
of M/s.ABB from all over India donated one-day salary, a 3 man committee
looked into various projects in Gujarat on Earthquake Rehabilitation
and decided to give the entire amount of Rs.19.42 lacs to Eklavya.