About Us

Located in the picturesque hills of Uttarakhand, Chirag School is a Hindi-medium K-5 school for children belonging to economically and socially weaker sections from the surrounding rural areas. At present, we have 122 students, 1 school leader, 9 teachers, 3 support staff and 3 volunteers in the school.

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Our Story

After working for 15 years in the field of livelihood, forestry and sustainability in the remote regions of Uttarakhand, Mr. Kanai Lal, the founder of Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG) realized that it was crucial to integrate education with the natural environment. He believed it was essential to remove the alienation of the child from their major source of livelihood. With a desire to set up a model school, especially for girls, where children could learn about ‘mud bricks’ and ‘micro chips’ at the same time, he set up Chirag School in 2006. His vision was to set up a model school in partnership with the local community where children will have fun learning about things which matter to them and which will be useful to them in later life.

Our work has been covered by The Better India. You can read about that here.

We have also been recognized as one of the most unique schools in India. You can read about that here.

Our Founder

Picture1Kanai ji, the founder of CHIRAG, returned to Uttarakhand in India in the summer of 1985, having spent most of his life working in the US. And thus began his second journey, at the ripe age of 62, to establish an organization that would ‘be a catalyst for the creation of a society rooted firmly in the principles of dignity, justice, solidarity.’ As a result, Chirag was registered as a society in 1986 with the mandate to work with rural communities in the hills of the Central Himalaya.

On 13th June 2013 Mr. Kanai Lall, Founder and Chairman of Chirag, breathed his last after a prolonged illness. He was 89 years old. Kanai ji, or buboo (Kumaoni word for Grandfather) as he was fondly referred to both within Chirag and in the surrounding areas, was instrumental in nurturing the organization with the clarity of his vision and the high moral standards he set for all employees and associates.
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