Hi 5’s “Hope thru Hoops” program made a very unique beginning when a group of basketball players called “Deccan Dunkers” ( a group of corporate professionals in hi-tech industry who are playing together for last 25 years, also hail from Hyderabad) in the San Francisco bay area were inspired by Mumbai’s Hi 5 program in late 2018. They wanted a Hi 5 chapter in Hyderabad, because they were already involved in helping zilla parishad schools for education in the Hyderabad area. Therefore, discussions turned into actions. With the help of Deccan Dunkers network and Hi 5’s contact with the Government of Telangana – Hyderabad began to take shape.
After multiple visits to Hyderabad and meeting various stakeholders, we found very good partners in Krushi Home and Tribal Department of Govt. of Telangana to start our program.
‘Association Saikorian’ is an alumni association of the Students of Sainik School, Korukonda, Andhra Pradesh. As one of their projects they started an orphanage in the outskirts of Hyderabad known as “Krushi Home”. At Krushi home the children are provided all the facilities like proper stay, food, education etc. This is where we run one of our programs.
Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS) has been running 180 residential educational institutions (from 5th standard to Degree) in Telangana State under the Ministry of Tribal Welfare, Government of Telangana. We started our program in one of such institutions situated in Jinnaram. It has close to 1000 children in the school and they are provided with a hostel, food and education for free by the government.
Zila Parishad schools are run by the Government of Telangana. These institutes provide free education to all the kids who enrol in the school. Hi 5 runs its Basketball Program in two of such schools in the outskirts of Hyderabad.