1st November 2012 - Furniture donation dispatched
The HOPE foundation has received furniture funded by the Earthquake Relief Fund -
see this link for more information and pictures and a video
15th March 2012 - Beneficiaries list available
The trustees of Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund have discussed in detail and produced the list of beneficiaries which will receive funding for
various projects listed in this document.
Keep listening and watch this space for more information of donations soon!
20th January 2012 - Summary Report now available
The committee has now confirmed the potential recipients of the Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund. Here is a summary report on the trustee's trip
to Bhuj in December. This report outlines the background of the trip and the organisations that they went to visit. It also mentions any projects
or equipment that the organisations need the funding for.
Please click here for the full report
Watch this space for further details.
29th December 2011 - All India Radio interview
The committee returned to the UK a week ago, however whilst they were there they found time between their meetings for Don Kotak
to go on All India Radio, based in Bhuj, and interview Jayesh Raval, one of it's presenters.
Listen to the interview
16th December 2011 - Day 2 of visit
On Day 2 of the committees visit to Bhuj in Gujarat, member and Sabras presenter Don Kotak spoke to representatives of more organisations -
including one from an existing project we supported in 2003.
15th December 2011 - Day 1 of visit
On Day 1 of the committees visit to Bhuj in Gujarat, member and Sabras presenter Don Kotak spoke to All India Radio presenter Jayesh Raval.
In this interview Don gives a brief introduction and then Faruk interviews Jayesh on his experiences of the Earthquake 2001. Jayesh revealed
what it was like to be there and the sad loss of some of his family members.
Listen to the report
13th December 2011 - Trip itenary
Here is the itenary of the committee members' trip, commencing tomorrow afternoon (UK time):
3.05pm: Land in Bhuj
4.00pm/4.30pm:Dr Umar Sama â€“ Station Manager All India Radio Bhuj
Wednesday 14th December:
Thursday 15th December:
- 9am: Lions Hospital- Bharat Mehta
- 12pm: Meeting with Christopher Noel â€“ Hope Foundation School
- 2pm: Rushey Mead School - Arvind Sorathiya
- 4pm: Followed by classrooms in Bhuj
Friday 16th December:
Saturday 17th December (To be confirmed)
- 10am: Help the aged India - Anil Kumar Massey
- 2pm: Kachchh Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centre (KCRC)
- 8am: Mr Sudhir (chief co-ordinator) Ashapura Foundation
2nd December 2011 - Visit date announced
Following the committee meeting on the 9th November, 3 members will be going to Bhuj on the 13th December until the 20th December to vet identified projects.
From this trip they will know more about which projects will be funded and how.
The trip has been funded solely by the trustees themselves.
Details of this trip coming soon - stay tuned to this page and Sabras Radio.
3rd November 2011 - Committee meeting
A committee meeting will be taking place on the 9th November to discuss new projects for the Fund to support.
More details will be announced after the meeting on next steps arising from this.
About the Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund (SERF)
The 2001 Gujarat Earthquake
The 2001 Gujarat earthquake was the most devastating earthquake in India in recent
history. It began on January 26, 2001 at 8:46 in the morning, centered near Bhuj in
Gujarat, India. Rated at 6.9 on the Richter scale, the quake killed upwards of 30,000
people and injured at least as many throughout Gujarat and parts of Eastern Pakistan.
Because of its size and location, this quake was very destructive in terms of lives
lost and damage to property. All the deaths occurred in India's western state of
Gujarat, near the Pakistan border. Bhuj, situated only 20 kilometres (14 miles) from
the epicentre, was the most devastated town.
As many as 20,000 people were reported dead. As of February 3, the official toll had
climbed to more than 30,000, though it later fell to 19,727. The final death toll of
Kutch was 12,221. At least 150,000 more were reported injured. This too may be an
underestimate. Over a million structures were damaged or destroyed, including many
historic buildings and tourist attractions.
The quake destroyed 90 percent of the homes in Bhuj, several schools, and flattened
the hospital. Considerable damage occurred also at Bhachau. In Ahmedabad, Gujarat's
commercial capital and a city of 4.5 million, as many as 50 multi-storey buildings
collapsed and several hundred people were killed.
Sabras Earthquake Relief Fund
Following this tragic event, it was decided by Sabras Radio to set up the Sabras
Earthquake Releif Fund (SERF) as a way of channelling the donations of its listeners
and supporters and identifying specific causes to which to donate the funds it raised.
In the year February 2001 to March 2002, SERF collected just over ï¿½170,000 from its
listeners and organisations in the local community.
Since this time, SERF has been identifying projects in Bhuj and Kutch in order to
distribute the donations received and it is the aim of this page to update all who
gave generously with progress on the projects chosen.
Please click on the links below to find out more about the projects sponsored:
Emergency Medicines to India
Purchase of Ambulance with Help The Aged India
Kutch Navirman Abhiyan
NEW PICTURES OF VARIOUS PROJECTS UPLOADED SEPTEMBER 2010 - click here to see them
We are continually supporting new causes, and looking for new ones.
If you know of a project in the Gujarat area which is looking for funding, please contact us!
This webpage will be updated as and
when more information becomes available.
For further information, please send e-mail enquiries to