Hyderapals is a UK Charity registered for gift aid with HMRC that provides education and care for children in the slums of Hyderabad, India.

We currently support the work of The Patashala school (formerly the MS Foundation School) in Yellamabanda near Kukatpally. Patashala serves the families of migrant labourers and a community of people who, in the wake of urban development, have been dispossessed of their land and homes. Most live in extreme poverty with inadequate housing and drainage and intermittent water supplies. Parents would like their children to attend school but more often need to send them to work as labourers or house servants. Continue reading

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A Very Special Thank You at Christmas

Hyderapals and the children, parents and teachers of Patashala School in Hyderabad send seasonal greetings and very sincere thanks to all the wonderful friends and kind anonymous donors who have supported us over the years. We could not possibly manage without you.


A recent exhibition was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields reflecting the support their International Committee has given over the last few years to six overseas projects. One of these has been Patashala School.

As a result Hyderapals has been able to improve the quality of teaching provided by the school. Teachers and other local women have been trained to enable them to gain recognised national qualifications, and the head teacher, Lavanya, has been supported to standardise the quality of teaching including the provision of the same work books as those used at the leading schools in India. With support from a local NGO a new mentoring scheme has greatly increased the confidence and abilities of the teachers.

The children have also enjoyed trips to the zoo and an amazing local fort called Golconda providing memories they will never forget.


This time last year our children had a wonderful surprise. Photographer Peter Knight had forged links between Patashala and the Stoke Poges School in Buckinghamshire where pupils organised a huge collection of Christmas gift boxes. Peter arranged for them to be sent out to our school. Follow the link under ‘New Link with Buck school’ below to see a delightful video of our children receiving those presents!

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Andrew’s Visit

Andrew Newton is a Doctor from England. He visited Hyderabad for a medical conference in November (2015). He had seen the work of Patashala and Hyderapals online and got in contact with us before his visit. Continue reading

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Music as Therapy

Patashala School has been very lucky to host two music therapists from Music as Therapy. Music as Therapy is a UK based charity whose mission is the “development and use of music therapy, as a means to relieve those living in conditions of need, hardship or distress, suffering from mental or physical disability and the effects of poverty or sickness.”

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New link created with Buck school

Peter Knight and his family have set up a link between Patashala and The Stoke Poges School which has resulted in each of the schools creating a short film about themselves to send to each other. This international school link has resulted in a fundraising evening in November where Peter’s beautiful pictures will be displayed and the school orchestra and school choir will perform. For more information visit
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