> GP-2001


Welcome to the third year of the "Global Perspectives" project from The Ellis School. It has involved schools from many different nations. Each year, the project's focus changes to match prevailing global issues of the times.

After two successful years (see http://TheEllisSchool.org/WorldClass/GP-2000), we present "GP-2001", which examines the effectiveness of international relief efforts and how such activities interact with a nation's culture, geography, economy, politics, and foreign relations . The focus of our examination has been efforts in the wake of India's Gujarat earthquake in January 2001.

The January 2001 tragedy of the Gujarat earthquake and the rebuilding of western India inspired the host project team at Ellis to examine situations such as this, and attention focused on the ongoing efforts there. Since the start of the Global Perspectives project in 1999, the project's "contact school" in India has been Shree Amulakh Amichand Bhimji Vividlakshi Vidhyalaya, located in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Students at that school contributed their insights, as well (see example below).

This year's version of the project included a fundraising component. Students raised money on behalf of CARE's India Earthquake Relief Fund. These students also conducted research related to the various international relief organizations and what they have done--and continue to do--to aid the victims of the earthquake. Information was gathered and organized by students at both schools. Our thanks to the Ministry of Community Affairs at the Indian Embassy and Interaction in Washington, D.C. for their support and information.

See pictures from Ellis' meetings with these organizations!

The Goals of GP-2001:
1.) to enlighten the public about the effectiveness and social impact of international relief efforts, and
2.) to encourage the public to contribute to the efforts of a carefully-selected organization to help the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Gujarat quake.

Student Essays: Table of Contents

1__India Background
India's People
India's Government & Foreign Relations
India's Economy
India's Geography

2_ The Gujarat Quake
How Earthquakes Occur
The Gujarat Quake's Toll

3_ Reaction
India's Response
Building Codes Enforcement
International Reaction
World Response

4__Major Relief Agencies
CARE
Red Cross
ACT
OCHA
.....UNICEF
.....Other UN Agencies in Gujarat
.....Other Agencies

5__Umbrella Agencies in the Information Age
Umbrella Agencies
InterAction
Associations Supported by InterAction
ReliefWeb...
...and Other Information Technology Resources

6__Fundraising Efforts at Ellis

Quick Reference Guide:
 GP-2001 Schools:  GP-2001 Cities:  GP-2001 Nations:
 The Ellis School (USA)  Pittsburgh (USA)  United States
 Shree Amulakh Amichand Bhimji Vividlakshi Vidhyalaya (India)  Mumbai (India)  India



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Participating Schools:

The Ellis School

The Ellis School is an independent all-girls' school in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. At Ellis we are required to take math, science, history, English, music art and physical education, and have the choice to take French, Latin or Spanish. We also have elective courses, which are classes students get to chose. We have lots of after school activities such as plays and musicals as well as sports like field hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse and tennis.
We have a total of about 450 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. We have school 5 days a week from Monday through Friday. We start classes at 8:07am and end classes at 3:07 pm. An average Ellis class has 12 to 18 students in it. We have dances sometimes fro 8th grade and up. In our faculty we have 1 male to every 8 females. We get anywhere from 0 to 4 hours of homework every night.
We have a trailer that we use for a temporary cafeteria where students can buy lunch while there is construction on our real cafeteria. We have to wear white shirts with collars and green plaid skirts every day as our uniform. We have three main vacations a year. Our summer vacation is from June to September and we have two weeks off in December and 2 weeks off in March.
--Melanie B.

Shree Amulakh Amichand Bhimji Vividlakshi Vidhyalaya

Students at the school were directly affected by this event. The letter below is one student's personal account of the earthquake:

 DEAR FRIENDS,

I hope all of you might have heard about the Earthquake that took place recently in Gujarat. Bhuj was the center of this earthquake. It was a disastrous natural calamity.

I would like to tell you about my personal experience during this earthquake. I am from Bhuj. When this earthquake took place only my father and I were there at home. I was sitting in my living room and suddenly a loud noise was heard. I was frightened. I realized that it was earthquake. When we opened the door to get out of our house, we saw that half of our building had collapsed. It was a terrible sight. Suddenly another earthquake took place. We had lost all the hopes of surviving. But luckily nothing happened to our part of the building. We tied a big rope in the O.T.C of our building .As we were on the 5th floor; it was difficult for us to jump out. I came down safely with the help of that rope. But my father got hurt in his leg. I took him to the civil hospital. But when I went there I saw thousands of people who were in much worse condition than my dad. I saw many deaths in just ten minutes. Those who survived were also injured very badly. They were not given proper medicine.

After few days many helps were provided to us. We came to mumbai at our relatives place and my father was admitted in the hospital. Now we are safe here. But many people in Bhuj are yet lying under the debris. I request you to pray for all the victims of this earthquake.

Rucha
Eyewitness

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 India/Gujarat earthquake news sites

http://www.gujaratonline.com/
regular news and information about Gujarat

http://www.gujaratinews.com/
GujaratiNews.com includes links to several sources

http://www.newsindia-times.com/20010202/
this is a weekly--the quake happened on 1/26

http://www.timesofindia.com/270101/pagehome.htm
change 270101 to 280202, 290101, etc. for ongoing developments
(this web site is updated daily)

http://www.newsindia-times.com/
latest articles from India

http://www.samachar.com/
another good news source from India

http://www.gujaratindia.com
updated information specifically about the earthquake and the releif efforts

 http://www.EarthQuakeIndia.com/
much information about the Gujarat quake and earthquakes, in general

http://www.gujarat-earthquake.gov.in
more good, current information about this issue