Project Hope, under the vision, dedication and leadership of Pujya Swamiji, is dedicated to providing both immediate and long-term, sustainable relief to people in disaster-struck areas.
Project Hope was inaugurated at the hands of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi following the tragic tsunami of December 2004. After traveling to South India in the wake of the tsunami and seeing first-hand the devastation wrought upon the land, Project Hope stayed to bring relief to those who had survived. Wide-scale immediate emergency relief was provided for thousands of homeless survivors, two entire villages were rebuilt, an orphanage, school, vocational training center were constructed and a home for widowed, impoverished and abandoned ladies was repaired and expanded.
In June 2013, flash floods caused the height of the Ganga River to rise to levels unseen in the last 100 years, devastating Uttarakhand’s Himalayan region and taking the lives of thousands of men, women and children. Hotels, businesses, homes, towns and villages lining the river’s banks collapsed, while others were torn apart or crushed by landslides. Roads were destroyed and bridges shattered, causing cars and buses full of people to plummet from steep mountainsides.
As a direct response, Project Hope brought together organizations, civil society, medical professionals and dedicated volunteers as one team to facilitate rescue efforts and inspire long-term green rehabilitation and reconstruction for the aff ected regions.God has given us a special ability to touch others with our smiles, to change a life with a simple warm embrace, to bring meaning to the lives of others by our love. We must use this divine gift and never let it go in vain.
Today, Project Hope’s focus includes empowering schools with green technologies and safe construction techniques. We are also working towards enabling the vision for clean water and fruit plantations in schools, to protect and nurture the health of Uttarakhand’s children.
In addition, Project Hope is providing vocational skills training and women’s empowerment programs, to enable devastated populations to return to self-suffi ciency. These include zero-budget organic farming and produce buyback programmes, handicraft s production, training in construction and the production of water filters, vocational classes in schools, a special cow initiative and more. In such a way, livelihoods are being rebuilt in harmony with the local culture, poverty is being reduced, and the environment is being protected.