On 26 January 2001 Kutch was struck by a terrible earthquake. Thousands of lives were lost. Hundreds of homes were swallowed whole. People were bewildered, in despair and were in need of a compassionate helping hand.
Pujya Tai Ma together with the Sadhvis (nuns) were deeply moved by this tragedy and rushed to Kutch immediately to initiate relief and rehabilitation work. Several stopgap schools and vocational training centres were set up to help local children and adults get back on their feet.
Realising the vast need for ongoing rehabilitation and for education at all levels, Veerayatan then established many permanent centres of learning in Kutch. These are spread across three locations: Jakhania, Rudrani and Haripar. Using a professional approach, alongside inculcating moral and spiritual values, Veerayatan has created a revolution in the educational field in Kutch.
For those students from challenging backgrounds such as single parent, orphaned, those with very low income or affected by COVID and other such circumstances, Veerayatan has resolved to support these students and families by providing completely free education. This support has also inspired girls to become empowered and pursue educational opportunities instead of being confined to early marriages and a domestic life with no education.
The beautiful, eco-friendly Jakhania campus is the very first site where permanent primary and secondary schools were built and started after the devastating earthquake. In the land where generations had been illiterate and where even the basic needs posed a challenge, the centre of learning in Jakhania provided state-of-the-art educational facilities.
Veerayatan Vidyapeeth Rudrani, providing primary school education, is a unique initiative for the empowerment of hundreds of children from low-income, rural and backward tribal communities who migrated from the border areas of Kutch after the earthquake in 2001, and for whom education was previously an unattainable dream.
Majority of young people in rural India do not have access to higher education and thus their talent is not utilised for the development of the country. For this reason, Veerayatan is committed to bringing higher-level professional education to rural areas to train young people to become part of the professional workforce in the Kutch region and in Gujarat overall.