On 26th January 2001, the Indian state of Gujarat was hit by a devastating earthquake which destroyed entire cities. The Art of Living Foundation and its sister organisation, International Association for Human Values (IAHV) were not only present for immediate emergency response, but stayed on long after the disaster, helping survivors come to terms with the new reality.
Apart from providing relief materials, the Art of Living Foundation built a high school, a hostel and 15 temporary schools. Through its post-traumatic stress counselling and trauma relief programmes, Art of Living volunteers reached out to over 100,000 people in 120 villages. A village called Nana Dahishar, was completely rebuilt with 124 earthquake-resistant homes, a multi-purpose community centre, a primary healthcare centre, village government centre, a primary school, a place of worship, water tank, water supply system and drainage system.