The Rushey Mead Foundation is an international charity which provides long term educational support for under privileged children.

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Rushey Mead Foundation

The Rushey Mead Foundation is a UK based charity formed in reaction to the devastating earthquake which destroyed much of Bhuj, Gujarat State in India in 2001. The Foundation is registered as a charity both in the UK and India. The Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan launched the charity in October 2002.

Education is a fundamental right of all children and the primary tool by which they can better themselves and escape the harsh realities of poverty. All our trustees are volunteers and nobody is employed to do the administration work. So far we have put over 97% of the money collected to the people who need them most on the ground.

The Foundation's first project was to build a school in a village called Nagor near Bhuj, Gujarat. The school started in a small room with just 7 girls and one teacher in 2004. The purpose built school building opened on July 17th with 3 classrooms, a science lab and the IT room with 15 computers. The job now is to sustain the school on a long term basis.

In 2010 we started a classroom in the Ashapura district of Bhuj for the poor families who either missed education because they had to work for a living or they did not have the basic reading and writing skills needed to do the work.By encouraging them to read and write in this one classroom in their own neighbourhood, dozens of children have so far joined mainstream schools through this process who otherwise would have not gone to a school. This programme has been so successful that we are planning to start a mobile classroom for the children whose parents work and live in a different site every few weeks.

We have also started two classrooms in Pakistan for those children from a very deprived background.


The Duchess of York SARAH FERGUSON

The Duchess is keen to help young people through the Rushey Mead Foundation and some of the other charities she supports.


The star from Bollywood who normally plays the "BAD MAN" but support the Foundation and travels to Leicester to fundraise.