THE STORY OF SATHYAM MISSION SCHOOL GUJARAT/BHUJ EARTHQUAKE In the year 2001, as jubilant Indians woke up to celebrate India’s 52nd Republic Day on 26th January, the day’s joyful vibe shifted from happiness and celebration to a state of shock and sorrow. The bustling state of Gujarat was struck by an earthquake, which is still to date one of the worst disasters to hit the state. The epicenter was about 9 km south-southwest of the village of Chobari in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat, India. The earthquake killed thousands, injured many more and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes. Hundreds of villages were flattened, schools, hospitals, historic buildings tourist attractions and many structures were damaged or completely destroyed. In addition, the earthquake caused total property damage as well as the destruction of food and water supplies. RELIEF WORKS The aftermath of the earthquake left the state paralyzed. In order to support the reconstruction and rehabilitation, many assistance packages were created. Many international countries and private countries provided assistance. Various charity organizations rushed to the site to provide relief works. By God’s grace, under the leadership of Sathyam Service Trust, Sathyam Ministries Intl. was able to carry out relief operations to help the earthquake-stricken people of Gujarat. Sathyam Ministries Intl. was able to distribute materials that met the basic necessities of the people. Our generous partners helped us to transport four trucks and a mobile bus filled with supplies to meet the needs of the people who were suffering from the aftermath. Our relief operation team stayed in the earthquake struck areas for about two weeks, provided help and showed God’s love to the suffering. DEVELOPMENT OF SATHYAM MISSION SCHOOL During our stay in Gujarat, people started to wonder what the next moment would hold for them. The earthquake left them hopeless. Due to the destruction of many schools, the children could not return to their schools to restart their education. The local people started to ask us to help them as many parents were worried about their children’s future and well-being. As we started receiving requests to help children get back to school, God guided us to start a school. The local people were overjoyed when they heard this news. We first started the school in a rented, broken down building and named the school as Sathyam Mission School. It was a small start, but God eventually expanded our borders from there. In the year of 2005, thanks to the support and encouragement from all over the world, God enabled us to purchase five and a half acres of land in Gujarat and move our school from a rented place to our own building. If it wasn’t for the faithfulness of God, hard work of our principal, teachers, church leaders, pastors and the cooperation of the local people, we wouldn’t achieve what we have and we are extremely grateful. SATHYAM MISSION SCHOOL At present, Sathyam Mission School is a CBSE affiliated co-educational institution run and managed by Sathyam Service Trust, Kerala. As the school was founded by Dr. C.V. Vadavana, founder and chairman of Sathyam Service Trust in the year 2001 to provide quality education for all, irrespective of their caste, creed, gender, or religion, we are happy that we have been able to continue our vision. The school provides education from kindergarten to secondary level. Our motto is ‘We care for our children’ with the goal to prepare the young minds for a brighter and healthier tomorrow. Sathyam Mission School continues to uphold traditional values while adopting contemporary infrastructure and pedagogies as we raise up and direct the next generation of leaders, future citizens, loyal and sincere human beings. Individuals having diverse backgrounds, carrying unique streaks of values, traditions and cultures are warmly welcomed to enter the portals of this learning community.