Indo-International School in Kuran, Gujarat (2001-2011)

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Amidst the ruins of the tragic earthquake of 2001, the Ninash Foundation established the second Indo-International School by building a complex of 10 classrooms for 205 impoverished children in the village of Kuran, Gujarat.


The Ninash Foundation teamed up with the Vaidic Mission Trust of Swami Dharambandhu and Dr. Trivedi to help the 1200 people of Kuran to rebuild their entire village of 200 houses, a project they completed miraculously in only three months.

Christy Koller Library and Computer Center (2010)
With the generous financial contribution of Dr. John Koller and Dr. Mimi Forman, the school now has a state of the art Christy Koller Memorial library with six computers and a couple of thousand books. The Kuran School with a library equipped with computers and internet is the first of its kind in this remote area of Kutchh, Gujarat.


A filtration plant to provide clean drinking water for all of the children was opened in 2010.

Children Center to offer after the school activities was inaugurated during Jan 2010.

Mobile Library in each Classroom (2011)


Each class room got a mobile library with 50 books named in memory of Dr. Douglas Shrader, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy, who had contributed to the Ninash Foundation's Literacy Project by being the voice over for the video tapes shown globally.


A new kitchen to provide mid day meals will be opened in 2011

* A garden dedicated to the memory of Dr. Douglas Shrader (2011)

Mid day meal provided(2013)

December 31, 2012 – January 2, 2013
During Ashok and Linda Malhotra’s visit, they were accompanied by Principal Ram Gusai and the teachers. The 355 children, who in 2001,  could speak only the local dialect of Kachhi , now showed their proficiency by reading, singing and reciting poetry in the four languages of Kachhi (local), Gujarati (regional), Hindi (national) and English (international). They also presented their skills in the use of computers by sending emails as well as educating themselves by learning and speaking English through the use of various internet programs. The children also danced and sang songs for the visitors.


Working with the Challenged Children (2012-2013)

Sukuba, a teenage girl, who was born crippled, could not use her hands/fingers/arms. In India, traditionally, a child born with such a handicap would not be able to be a part of a “normal” life and would most likely be shunned from the society. Sukuba, came to the Indo-International School when she was four years of age. She learned to use her feet/toes to write. She has perfect hand writing (in two languages). She has grown to be such a bright teenager that she showed her proficiency in computer skills by using the mouse through her toes/feet. A local NGO might be offering financial assistance to get her non-functioning arms x-rayed and surgery to be performed in the hope that she would be able to get use of her arms up to 80% of their capacity. After getting the use of her arms, she will be able to finish high school and go to college, might get a job and be able to get married and raise a family with dignity. This touching human story might be the focus of our next Ninash Video.

Blind child is integrated with the class room

In 2013, the elementary school has grown to the 12th grade with an enrollment of more than 355 students covering the majority of the children population who live in Kuran.




A Water Filtration Plant (2011-12)
A Water Filtration Plant is proposed for the village of Kuran to cater to the needs of 1200 people. Funding will come from the Ninash Foundation and local businesses of Oneonta.

Christy Koller Library and Computer Center (2011)
Books, video tapes, DVD's and soft ware for the computers were purchased for the library!

 Global Educational Exchange (2008)
In celebration of the 8th anniversary of the sister cities project, the Ninash Foundation sponsored Ram Gusai, the principal of the Indo-International School in Kuran, to visit Oneonta, New York for three weeks. He visited the five elementary schools in Cooperstown and Oneonta area by giving presentations at the schools as well as at the SUNY College at Oneonta.

Book Shelves and Bleachers for Classrooms (2006-07)
Book shelves and bleachers were bought for each class room for the use and comfort of the children.

Vidya Library (2002-05)
Vidya Library with 500 books was opened in 2002. Another 500 books were purchased along with globe and maps in 2005.

Building the Village of Kuran and Indo-International School (2001)
The Ninash Foundation provided financial help to rebuild some of the houses for 1200 residents along with the Indo-International School for 205 children in the village of Kuran that was devastated by the 2001 earthquake.

Indo-International Schools: A Global Educational Exchange
Through the Indo-International Schools project, the Ninash Foundation has committed to improving the lives of children and promoting literacy throughout the world. The Kuran School is only one of the five schools built as part of the Indo-International Schools project. Each school plays a crucial role in transforming the lives of its students and their communities by opening doors to global education exchange.

How Can You Help!
$200 will support a child

You can help the 50 million underprivileged children of India by supporting the drive to raise funds for the schools built by the Ninash Foundation. The schools require constant support for teachers and children. The Ninash Foundation's program aims to build new schools as often as possible to alleviate poverty and promote literacy throughout India and the world. Your tax-deductible contribution to the Ninash Foundation, a 501©(3) charitable organization, will directly support the project. A donation of $8000-10,000 will build a classroom in a school, and $200 will support a child through an entire year of education; any amount will help provide supplies and pay a teacher's salary. As the individuals in the SUNY Oneonta Learn and Serve in India program have shown, you can make a difference.


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