Gopal Foundation, established in the year 1999, was conceived with the noble goal of imparting education to the underprivileged children in our society. Children who could not afford quality education were adopted and sent to schools to get educated. However, we knew that our responsibilities should not and could not end there. Gopal Foundation needed to expand its efforts towards other social causes as well.
In 1999, the Kargil War devastated the country, leaving many with broken hearts and homes. The Gopal Foundation stepped up in these trying times, reaching out to the widows of martyrs from the war and helped in their rehabilitation.
In 2001, the foundation employed all available hands to assist in any way possible after the catastrophic Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat. We helped remodel and rebuild houses in an entire village affected by the natural disaster. Along with this, we also extended our help and resources to restore order and help people affected by the 2004 tsunami that struck the south-western coastline of India.
It was also in 2004 that the Gopal Foundation sought to expand the scope of our work. We decided that our next initiative would be to fight cancer and help cancer patients across the country. We adopted underprivileged cancer patients that could not afford their expensive treatments, and in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi, helped over 800 cancer patients by adopting them and providing them with free chemotherapy and medications. Today, Gopal Foundation continues its fight against cancer by helping patients across the country get access to the healthcare they need.
Our CSR activities reflect our dedication to public service as well. We have taken under our fold, the villages of Suma and Dughilag in Himachal Pradesh.
The construction of an approach road to Suma by the foundation provided much needed aid and impetus for other developmental activities in the village. The foundation also constructed stairs and footpaths in various places for the convenience of pedestrians in these villages. Primary school children were provided with scholarships and books for their education. A children’s park was constructed keeping in mind the physical well-being of the children of Suma.
The village of Dughilag was another CSR project, where the foundation proceeded to improve the standard of living for the residents of the village. Solar-powered street lights were set up all along the village roads. The foundation also helped in the revamping of the renowned Bhapa Sidh Mandir, as the facilities within the temple premises saw remarkable improvement. Our plans for Dughilag also involve the deputation of a doctor to the village panchayat, to provide free health check-ups and medicines to the residents of the area.