Educate for Life started as the shared vision of two friends, Ed Forrest and Akshay Patel, who met at university in 2003 and who wanted to make a difference to the lives of others. The charity came into being in 2005 and, with the support of family and friends, fundraising to build a school in India commenced.
In 2006, Ed and Akshay met a number of different potential charity partners in India and chose to work with Rajasthan Bal Kalyan Samiti (RBKS), an organisation with specific expertise in serving rural communities and educational provision in Rajasthan. Ed and Ash then visited a number of different rural communities, meeting community leaders and members to find out their needs. The wish expressed by the Bakhel community was clear and simple: a school for our children.
In 2007, the foundations were laid for Hunar Ghar School, the first classrooms were built and the very first students were welcomed through its doors.
Today, Educate for Life remains a small organisation. We are a dedicated team of part-time staff and volunteers, working in close partnership with RBKS and other partners in India to make a difference in and around Bakhel through Hunar Ghar School and new projects and services which respond to the community’s needs.