With your help Eklavya was able to construct a High Quality school
at village Aadariyana, to replace the school that was destroyed
in the earthquake last year (old school was 5800 sft new is 16000,
old had 12 rooms new has 20 including a library, and a science lab,
old school had floor seating new has desks ; bhoomi pooja was done
on 26 March 2001, school was inaugurated on 26 October 2001; knowledgable
people consider it one of the finest projects completed in the EQ
rehab area - started quick, executed quickly, done well, good quality,
etc etc; in addition to more school were 'repaired' and temprorary
'container' arrange for 25 classrooms)
But more important than the infrastructure is the teachers training
programme which is going on, 3 days every month, 9am-6pm, for 34
teachers from 10 schools nearby villages, they all come to this
new school building made, and Eklavya organises training. This is
going of so well that I cannot describe it. The school building
is beautiful, it can be seen, people appreciate it, but I tell you
the REAL contribution of Eklavya is in the training which is over
two years... and the attitudinal change it is bringing about is
to be seen to be believed. All the teachers have on their own decided
that they will were a common uniform, they take so much joy in their
job its no longer a job from them its fun, this encourages and gives
a great start to the day... and so on...
The total money spend on the Aadariyana School building project
is about Rs 85 lacs (This does not include any cost of supervision
and administration of Eklavya, which is Eklavya's contribution,
this also ensures that 100 paise out of 100 paise donor's money
goes straight to the project only). In addition about Rs 10 lacs
more have been spent (containers Rs 3 lacs, repairing 2 school buildings
Rs 5 lacs, and teacher training Rs 2 lacs) giving a total of Rs
We had received a total of Rs 109 lacs donation, of which Rs 95
lacs is spent and the remaining 16 lacs is kept for the training
program and other activities, some of them which have been recently
done are :
(a)Inter-school Cultural Programme: On 26th January, 2002 an inter-school
cultural programme was organised. Six schools participated and almost
200 students got an opportunity to exhibit their talent. The programme
was enjoyed and appreciated by almost 4500 audience. The programme
stated at 7.00 p.m. and lasted till 1.00 a.m. and prizes were given
(b) Volleyball Tournament: On 23rd February a day-night volleyball
tournament was organised on the initiative of the Village Yuvak
Mandal. In the tournament 44 teams from Ahmedabad, Mehsana and Surendranagar
district participated. The tournament started at 4:00 p.m. on 23rd
and went on till 7:00 a.m. on 24th.
(c) Sewing Classes for Women: Gandhiji said, "Educating is
a woman is educating the whole family". Umaben of the village
volunteered for teaching sewing to the village women. One hundred
women applied for the course, out of which 42 were selected and
two batches were formed each of 21 persons. The course is of three
months and regular classes are conducted every Tuesday and Friday
from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. respectively for each
batch. 20 sewing machines were donated by Mahila Dakhita Samiti,
(d) Discourse on Spirituality: Mr. Tariq Abdullah well-known spiritual
healer from Rampur, U.P. spoke to the teachers and students on Spirituality
on 18th January, 2002.
(e) The Art of Living Course for the village people: Vyakti Vikas
Kendra, India, Bangalore approached us for conducting Art of Living
course for the Aadariyana village. This is an internationally approved
course for making sound, mind in sound body. The programme was scheduled
in February but due to Godhra incidents and riots it was postponed
and will be organised in near future.
(g)The Profile of a Wiseman: On 15th March Mr. H. H. Swami Suddhananda
of Suddhananda Foundation for Self Knowledge, Chennai spoke to the
teachers and students of Aadariyana School and briefed them about
the qualities of a wiseman and how to inculcate them among oneself.
(h) On the Spot Art Competition: On 27th March on the Spot Art
Competition was organised, 96 students from 7 schools participated.
M/s ABB (who were donors for the Aadariyana school project) has
decided to give Rs 15 lacs to make a new school in a village called
Zadiyana a few kms away from Aadariyana (where also the school building
is completely destroyed in the earthquake, right now they are running
the school in 6 containers Eklavya arranged for them). ABB has also
committed to give Rs 5 lacs every year for the next four years to
sustain various developmental activities in this new school. ABB
has requested that Eklavya be its partner in this endeavour and
take the responsibility of executing the project.
Eklavya has accepted to take on the responsibilities of making
school building in village Zadiyana. This will cost Rs 45 lacs (its
a smaller school than the one in Aadariyana), Rs 15 lacs has come
from ABB, another Rs 1.46 lacs has come from Prof Daniel Steenstra
and his townpeople in England, another Rs 77,000 has come from Monitor
Group in India and USA, Rs 14,000 from SHV Energy (a Dutch Multinational),
thus we have a total of about Rs 17 lacs, we need 45, so we have
a shortfall of Rs 28 lacs.
This email appeals to you to help us raise this amount from your
friends and well wishers, you may send your cheques in the name
of EKLAVYA EDUCATION FOUNDATION EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND to the address
given below, you will receive regular email reports of the progress
with photos, and of course we'll be very happy to organise a visit
when you are in Ahmedabad. Needless to say, you have our firm assurance
and deep committment that this project will be completed as well
as the earlier one-and something all donors will feel good about
and take pride in. Please remember that all amount are important,
even if you send Rs 100 or USD 10, it all helps.
Am attaching some photos of the Bhoomi Pooja done on 14 April for
the Zadiyana school, now constructed is going on full speed.
Seven Havan kunds were prepared. Here Pooja can be seen in
The boys put up a skit highlighting the need for Love and
Harmony and not communal hatred.
One school teacher had put up a portable blackboard. He had
drawn and written a quotation O God please bless us
so that we forget the pain of the past and create a shining
future by doing good deeds in the present.
One view of the audience (almost the whole village was there.)
The girls of the school put up a very colourful and graceful
Garba dance performance.
Another view of the audience.