Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan's immense earthquake relief and rebuilding operation is still in full force. On Sunday 22nd April 2001, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree and a large group of Sants and haribhaktos travelled to the town of Bhachau - Kutch, which had been badly devastated during the quake. A principle school in this town is the Shree Saraswati Vidyalaya, run by the Shree Leva Patidar Boarding Trust. During the earthquake, the school buildings were badly damaged and so they had to be demolished. The devoted Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan were constantly scouting even the remotest regions of the affected area to ensure that the aid is given to where it is most needed. The Trustees of this school approached the Sants for some small assistance in the school rebuilding. But the ever-gracious Acharya Swamishree went further and promised to have the school completely re-built for the Trust.
A large assembly gathered at the site of the school where His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree ceremonially laid the foundation stone of the new school building. The main dignitary invited on this occasion was the Honourable Justice Shree S S Soni, Gujarat Government, Ghandhinagar. Other principle guests included Shree Ramjibhai R Patel, President Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj Bhuj Kutch, Shree Harilal Nanji Patel, Deputy Sansad Kutch and Shree Jadavjibhai Varsani and Shree Premjibhai Varsani, Trustees Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan.
Special prayers were held for the spiritual wellbeing of all those who perished as a result of the earthquake. In His divine blessings, His Holiness Acharya Swamishree emphasised the importance that the ancient scriptures have given to education and the relationship of a teacher and student (guru - shishya naato). Lord Swaminarayan has commanded that Acharyas should create centres of education and through these teach sadaachar - good conduct. Acharya Swamishree reminded the teachers of the vital role that they play in forming of the character of society. His Holiness appealed for all to join in with humanitarian efforts such as this school rebuilding, and from such work, learn to live together with love, compassion and without corruption. Acharya Swamishree implored everyone to do their bit, to create a society which was better than it was before.
Below are photographs of the foundation laying ceremony performed by HDH Acharya Swamishree in the presence the Managing Trustee of the Shree Leva Patidar Boarding, Shree Nanjibhai Danabhai Patel.