CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF), the philanthropic arm of CapitaLand Group, has launched its second CapitaLand Hope School in Bangalore, India to provide more than 400 children from underserved families with access to education. CHF has contributed Rs 50 mn towards the construction of the school, which is the 31st of the CapitaLand Hope Schools which span across India, China, and Vietnam. Through the schools, CHF aims to provide children with a holistic education for a better start in life.
Located in Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore, the 20,000-sq ft Government Kannada and English Medium Higher Primary School comprise eight classrooms, a staff room, a multi-purpose room, a playground, a kitchen, a sick room, a library, computer and science laboratories, art & crafts room, and lavatories.
CapitaLand staff volunteers and partners collaborated and built the school over a one-year period. CapitaLand staff from International Tech Park Bangalore provided their real estate expertise to the Karnataka Education Department including designing and managing the development of the school. Indian contemporary artist Madhuri Umashankar designed The Hope Wall which was unveiled at a ceremony for the handover of the school on 19 September 2022.
CHF also partnered with an international non-profit organization, Room to Read, to set up the school library with materials to improve literacy amongst the children. This is the 14th library that CHF has established with Room to Read since they launched libraries across Bangalore to benefit some 2,000 children in March 2022.
Gauri Nagabhushanam, Chief Executive Officer, India Business Park, CapitaLand Investment said: “We are extremely proud to complete our second Hope School in Bangalore to help over 400 children and their immediate families. We are passionate about education and have contributed over Rs 100 mn to develop three schools, two in Bangalore and an upcoming school in Pune. We take an active role in setting up the schools and continue to engage the children as well as contribute in various ways including donating various items and organising activities for them. It is extremely heartening to be able to reach out and touch the lives of the communities as we grow our business in India.”
D R Ramamurthy, Block Education Officer, South - 4, Krishnarajapuram, Bangalore said: “On behalf of the education department, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to CapitaLand Hope Foundation for building this state-of-the-art school in Krishnarajapuram for students from underserved families. These modern facilities are unmatched by any school across Bangalore and will immensely help our long-standing need to have this school and ‘Guru Bhavana’ (education office) in East Taluk. With deep appreciation and gratitude, we acknowledge CHF’s contributions towards the children and society, and we would like to continue collaborating with them for great work in the future.”