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About GEMS

Our school, GEMS, is one of the projects initiated by our non-government organization (NGO), The Garhwal Organization for Uplifting the Needy — GOUN, which means ‘village’ in Hindi. The school has developed through our collaborative experience. We, Kunwar and Lori Chauhan met eight years ago and realized we shared a desire to make a difference in the lives of the Jaunpur/Jansar-Bawar people.


Find out more about Lori, a Canadian anthropologist and headmaster for GEMS school and Kunwar, a man who has worked to improve the conditions of local rural villages and has previously a been a member of the Zilat Panchyat. Read more!


The Garhwal English Medium School was opened on December 1st 2009 in response to the very poor quality of education in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. GEMS began with just a few students, a couple of teachers and a cow shed, now we are a school of 170 students with 17 staff members and a whole school building. Read more!

    Mission Statement
In order to deal with all the issues associated with poverty that the children in Jaunpur are grappling with, we endeavor to provide our children not only with a world class education, but also to address their nutritional, hygienic and health care needs. In effect, the Garhwal English Medium School aims to take children from nursery to class 12 and equip them with all the necessary skills and tools, putting them on equal footing to compete with their better off counterparts for higher education and careers.

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