A brand new school built from scratch, educating over 500 children. An achievement to be proud of!
Phase One: The Hard Work Begins
In 2009 H.E.A.T. began its largest project – to build a brand new school in the small town of Vaniyambadi, south India.
H.E.A.T. partnered with HIRA, a charity local to Vaniyambadi, to begin the construction which would school up to 500 children once complete. During this phase local merchants and builders were given the much needed opportunity of employment and many children were ready to sign up.
By November 2010 the main structure of the building was completed and the project was in full swing to become fully operational for the start of the new school year in 2011. Although Phase One of the project was not complete in late 2010 150 children were beginning their education in the 4/9 newly built classrooms.
By late 2011 Phase One of the project was complete and as a thank you for all the donations and continued support from the H.E.A.T. Foundation HIRA invited Umar Shariff to be the guest of honour at the official opening of the school. Umar had the opportunity to experience first-hand the difficulties local children face and how the contributions from the H.E.A.T. Foundation were making such a difference to the children’s lives.
Phase Two: An Invitation to India
Phase Two was the completion of the upper right wing to add more classrooms which included a computer room.
In March 2014 Umar Shariff and other local dignitaries and donors were invited for the opening. Umar was proud to see the school computer room which would give the children skills they would need in today’s digital world.
Phase 3: We’re Almost There
The third phase of the development of the school began in the summer of 2015. This will be the completion of the upper left wing which will consist of additional classrooms. To date the school’s success in the community has been remarkable; it is operating at full capacity with many more applications in the pipeline.
Since 2011 the school has served as a safe place for children to attend lessons, have a hot meal and also acts as a community centre where the children have regular health checks. It’s a fantastic project which could not have been achieved without the contributions from the H.E.A.T. Foundation.