In 1999 the super-cyclone 05B hit the east coast of Odisha. The entire area was severely damaged and thousands of people lost their lives. Like many others, the village Ichhapur and its school were completely destroyed.
Contacts of Christa Eschmann and her mother Irmgard Ullrich to India initiated a spontaneous relief effort to rebuild the school. In only three months they had collected sufficient funds to allow for the construction of a new, storm-proof building with a concrete roof. The 21 m bungalow was completed in 2001.
They then had the wish to further develop the school, thus helping to improve also the infrastructure of the area. With this intention the trust ???Zukunft für Ichhapur’ (Future for Ichhapur) was founded in 2005. The charitable trust is registered with the Finance Department of Hanover, Germany. Read our trust’s charter (in German).
‘Zukunft für Ichhapur’ works together with the organisation Sri Aurobindo Seba Sanstha. Its chairman is Prasant Parija.
was born in 1950 in Hildesheim, Germany. She is a professional musician and is teaching flute at the university in Hildesheim.
Besides her musical career she is a writer. Stories, essays and a novel were released by different publishers. She is a member of the German writers organisation and of the Poetry Group in Hanover.
In 2012, she participated in the project Global Generation of the Weltfriedensdienst e.V. (a German peace organisation). There she presented the aims and story of ‘Zukunft für Ichhapur’.
was born 1957 in Odisha, near Ichhapur. He is married and has two grown up sons. He has lived in Pondicherry, south India, for over twenty years and is heading a small company for the production and distribution of incense.
He inherited a large plot of land in Ichhapur from his grandfather. Prasant decided not to use the land for his own profit. Instead, his vision was to build a school, since the area was largely cut off from any prospects for development and education. (More information under Ichhapur School)