About Us

Why is the school called
The Hummingbird School?

There is a popular story of the hummingbird by Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai. The story is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed as they watch the forest burning and they feel very overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird. It says, ‘I’m going to do something about the fire!’ So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as it can.

In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with a big trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird, ‘What do you think you can do? You are too little. This fire is too big. Your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.’

But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them without wasting any time and it tells them, ‘I am doing the best I can.’

And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always be like a hummingbird. I may be insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet goes down the drain. I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best I can.

The school intends to create hummingbirds that can carry their drops of water towards world peace and happiness.

Our Mission

  • To reach every child of this marginalized community and provide quality education and develop individuals who are critically conscious, critical and reflective thinkers, politically aware, emotionally strong, agents of social change, peace and love.
  • To develop individuals who strive for peace and conflict resolution though non-violence and learn to use democracy for the rights and socio-economic development.
  • To make schools the centers of social change and movement.
  • Teaching a group of motivated, energetic youth from the local community, the standardized teaching practices, curriculum and assessment practices in a teacher’s fellowship program.

Our Vission

  • Transformation of a marginalized, tribal, flood affected community into a peaceful, critically conscious, socio-economically empowered community through education.

What we do?

  • The school currently serves 19 surrounding villages and intends to serve 44 villages in the next 5 years. The school which was set in Jan. 2017, in its first year had 110 children with 26 of them living in the hostel located on-campus. In its second year the school currently has 240 children and 70 children living in the hostel. The school has 15 teaching faculty and11 non-teaching staffs. In its endeavor to provide children with exposure to different perspectives and ideas the school has been hosting short term teaching volunteers from places as far as Delhi and Chennai. While it is a huge financial challenge to sustain it, the school provides free education to 100 children and also free hostel facility to 60 of them. These are children hailing from extremely disadvantaged families who otherwise would have not gone to any school.