Updated: Jul 10
Back in the day, when economic principles were based on demand and supply with market forces balancing the two – the world was a different place. But ever since the Industrial Revolution, and with every passing decade, this balance has only been skewed against those who were not as privileged, not as educated, not as healthy, or as connected as some of the rest of us.
But every time a tilt of balance occurs, the universe steps in to correct it. And that is what happened in Katargam, Surat, in 1993, when five brothers came from a small village called Amreli. They were self-made industrialists who set up a charitable trust in memory of their mother – eponymously named Smt. Shantaben Haribhai Gajera Charitable Trust.
The focus of the Trust, which over time came to be known with love, admiration, and respect as Gajera Trust, was and continues to be to reach and spread the ultimate goal of ‘One Happiness’ – by establishing a balance and sustaining it in the form of progressive societal growth. By supporting said society with positive transformational initiatives.
How long any organization can stand the test of time depends upon the vision with which it was brought to life. Gajera Trust has built its roots with the vision of ‘ONE HAPPINESS’. The present situation more than ever has given us a reality check that there is one sole purpose of every human - TO BE HAPPY. Moreover, the lives of individuals are intertwined, which means knowingly or unknowingly we are affecting multiple lives with our actions.
This gives birth to our Vision that if one person is happy and content it is going to pass on to those connected with him.
The Vision of One Happiness can be successfully achieved by growing in the sectors of Education, Health, and Community Services. These three are the core of society and advancements made in these sectors spread out to aid the society as a whole. Gajera Trust is now also making active and result-driven endeavours in the area of environmental sustainability as well.
Our President Mr. Vasantbhai Gajera, who along with his four brothers laid the foundation stone of Gajera Trust in 1993, believes that by empowering every soul and being a supportive arm to the society we will all spread what all of us want – ONE HAPPINESS.
The difference we have made thus far…
Over the past 28 years, we have been active in these sectors - Education, Healthcare, and Community Services. Some of the work undertaken by us and initiatives set up and run with the support of our sponsors, the Laxmi Group of companies, are listed below:
The institutions of Smt. S.H. Gajera Charitable Trust spans 9 campuses, with 18 schools, 3 colleges, and an orphanage ‘Vatsalyadham, that looks after orphans coming from the weaker sections of society. Gajera Trust caters to more than 50,000 students in Gujarat, India; preparing them to learn and explore new opportunities.
Sunita’s Makerspace is a place to explore, experiment, and implement new ideas and imaginations.
On 18 April 2015, Trustee and Creative & Strategic Director of the Trust, Ms. Kinjal Chunibhai Gajera, with a team from Gajera Vidhyabhavan launched the first Sunita’s Makerspace at Vatsalyadham. The Trust has expanded the concept in other branches at Utran
Katargam, Pal,& Laxmi Vidhyapeeth, Sarigam.
Special Education Needs Department
Positive mental health sparks children to their fullest potential. With the Special Education Needs Department, Gajera Trust aims to provide a nurturing environment that in return promotes growth & self-awareness.
The light out of poverty is the ability of the next generation to access healthcare.
Gajera Trust, in collaboration with the Laxmi Group of Companies and other organizations, has initiated various healthcare activities in rural areas: blood donation drives, mobile diagnostic vans, eye check-up camps, food, and medicine distribution activities, and support to various hospitals.
Giving to the community is what we have always believed in. Truth be told, serving the community to uplift those left behind has been the true motivation for Gajera Trust.
One of the Gajera Trust projects is to focus on building check dams in Amreli, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Porbandar, and Jamnagar districts.
Tribute to the Courageous & Martyred
Gajera Trust and the Laxmi group collaborate in support of the Soldier Welfare Fund, saluting the soldiers for protecting our lives.
Medical Camp Kaprada
On 19th August 2018, Rotaract Surat East in association with the Gajera group organized a free medical check-up camp where more than 2,600 rural people were checked by a team of expert doctors.
Spreading the message “We can change the world with our two hands” the students of BE - Civil and Mechanical under the NIRMAN Group took an initiative towards sustainability by planting 200 trees in the LVS Campus. LVS has taken the initiative of planting more than 4000 Plants from 2019 to till date.
One for All and All for One
Every single one of the achievements and milestones that we have reached could not have been possible without the support and participation of our team members. We are all only as strong as the weakest one of us and fostering a sense of community and togetherness, where we achieve goals with the tight-knit and disciplined mindset of true believers, is our biggest achievement.
As our vision grows, we need more people to bring that vision to life. Gajera Trust invites volunteers and active participants who share the same beliefs to spread the idea of One Happiness to come and join us.
Who all can connect with us?
If you're a learner, a social health worker, a reporter, a policymaker, or a scientist, we look forward to collaborating with you and grow together.