The people of Zainabad are farmers & salt manufacturers. Through Desert Coursers, the Family supports a host of social projects around Zainabad. While some profits are used for the upkeep and modernization of the Resort, this is always balanced to make sure most of the profits are ploughed back into society. This includes running a High School that is accessed by local and children from nearby villages.
In 1999 local water wells were reconstructed to provide water to about 2000 people, in the same year, opened a boarding school for about 40 children whose parents are salt manufacturers and hence deprived of education. The school gives them basic education, lodging & boarding and an escape from being in a labour-intensive salt pan.
On the 26th of January 2001, we had an earthquake, it was the biggest disaster that anyone had experienced. Most of the village schools collapsed. ZHEDP built a girls school in Zainabad which now educates about 350 girls from 5 to 12 years, out of which about 175 are fully supported by ZHEDP, clients and friends of Desert Coursers. Recently with the help of some clients we have put a drinking water facility in this school, it is the only school having this provision. As most of the houses had collapsed, people needed food & clothing, ZHEDP helped more than 2000 families by providing this. During this time ZHEDP helped the Red Cross and other organisations to distribute the relief material. The vehicles of Desert Coursers were used for transporting the sick and injured to nearby hospitals.
Young people from all over the world donate their time to teach the children something new. Others provide funds and specific donations.
They are also an integral part of Desert Coursers and who we are. When we think of Desert Coursers, we think of Akaash Ganga, ZHEDP, Salt Children, Desert Coursers and our natural world.