Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, the founder of the Hope Project, passed away on 17th June 2004. Buried near the Hope Project, his presence will continue to inspire us.
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2004 – 2005 was marked by joy and sadness. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, the founder of the Hope Project, passed away on 17th June, 2004. Buried near the Hope Project, his presence will continue to inspire us. We are grateful for his personal engagement with the Hope Project and to his son and successor, Pir Zia who will continue to provide guidance to all of us.
The Hope Project bid goodbye to Mr. Khabir Matthes who had served as a board member since 2000. As the facilitator of the Board and a good friend, he will be missed by all. We take this opportunity to welcome his successor, Mr. Gert Johan Manschot and look forward to his active participation.
In 2004 the Hope Project began two new programs, drug de-addiction and community sanitation. The high incidence of substance abuse made it difficult to ignore the problem any longer. Although the Hope Project does not have the expertise in this area, we felt it was necessary to respond to this need - even if it meant learning along the way. As a result, we now have an evening clinic twice a week for drug addicts where they are given
substitute drugs till they can give up the habit. They are also motivated through weekly counseling sessions to stop taking drugs.
The launch of a community sanitation project was seen as imperative if the Hope Project wants to make any improvements in the health status in the basti. Discussions with basti residents revealed that they were as keen to see their basti clean because the unhygienic conditions affected their daily lives in so many different ways. The program works with community leaders, the municipal corporation officials and residents to convert the basti into a zero waste area by recycling all the dry waste and composting bio-degradable waste.
The last year also saw basti children stepping out and traveling to other parts of the world. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to send 80 students to Mussoorie as part of the Kids in Nature program. Thirteen children represented the basti at the Universal Forum in Barcelona, Spain. Girls of the 12th grade visited CHIRAG in the Himalayas. All these visits give our students the exposure they need to expand their horizons, develop their confidence, learn about other cultures and lifestyles, and still remain anchored in their own identity.
On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank all our partners and supporters and hope that we can continue to work together towards our mission of helping the poor to help themselves.
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