The HOPE foundation school in the Ashapura Nagar slum in Bhuj was built in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Kutch District of Gujarat on January 26, 2001 and claimed 20,000 lives. The school, and a small hospital, was built on an acre of land donated to us. The quake-resistant English-medium primary school has given confidence to many residents who lost their children in the quake. Most of the parents work as daily wage laborers, auto-rickshaw drivers and street food vendors whose average monthly incomes is Rs 2,500 ($46).
With its low fees and qualitative education, the school has given the children of Bhuj and their families hope for a better future. In 2010, the school upgraded to 6th Standard. It currently houses 350 students.