VEERAYATAN VIDYAPEETH, BHUJ

June 2001 – September 2003

In June 2001, Veerayatan built a semi-permanent infrastructure in Sharad Baug, Bhuj to replace Veerayatan’s stop-gap schools. The campus hosted a primary school and a residential dormitory called Gyan Sankul. Additionally, to serve children in highly impoverished areas as well as child laborers, Veerayatan had set up two specially-designed educational programs called K.I.D.S. and Shrutam. Through both the primary school and the educational programs, the Bhuj campus educated approximately 1000 students every year.

bhuj school
bhuj school

Veerayatan Vidyapeeth’s (Govt. Regd.) primary school provided:

  • Free education from Std. 1 to 8 as per approved syllabus
  • Free transportation
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Uniform, textbook and supplies provided free of charge

In addition to the extensive physical damage caused by the earthquake, the calamity also sadly tore apart families and social networks. Many children became orphans, or lost one parent during the tragedy. Veerayatan, to find a way whereby these children could also continue their education and rebuild their lives, opened the student hostel:

  • The hostel was home for more than 100 children. By providing a sanctuary for children, Veerayatan provided a safe alternative to homes that had become unstable environments following the earthquake.
  • Cultural activities provided the children with a platform to explore their hidden abilities.

In addition, the cultural and educational activities conducted through Veerayatan Vidyapeeth school had provided occasion for celebration in a very difficult time for the people of Kutch and also constituted an integral part of the rehabilitation process and the return to normal life in the wake of the tragedy.

Veerayatan's efforts had therefore been welcomed in this area. As this project had proved to be vital for the community, families requested that Veerayatan continue these activities on a permanent basis for the children. Therefore, Veerayatan began construction of a permanent educational complex at Jakhania campus for the long term rehabilitation of earthquake affected people and for the education of under privileged students.  

bhuj school

For more information on how you can sponsor one of Veerayatan’s Children, please visit our Sponsor-A-Child page.

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For more information or to find out how you can help Veerayatan’s efforts in Kutch, please contact us at

VEERAYATAN VIDYAPEETH
Bhuj-Mandvi Road
Jakhania, Mandvi
District Kutch 370460
Gujarat, India
Tel: 02834 275483
shilapiji@hotmail.com