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More than ‘First Aid’

Sharmili, a young girl-child was hit by an auto Rickshaw a few days ago. Sharmili is from a beggar community in Sarnath near Buddha’s Smile School. “We regularly pick-up Sharmili and her elder brother Biru with the school bus,” Rajan said. “They enjoy coming to school and I was told after her accident with the auto more...


The Most Dedicated Boy

by ASWINI SAHOO – COMMUNICATIONS & FUNDRAISING MANAGER – BSS. Kishan, the most dedicated boy of BSS, stepped into Buddha’s Smile School in 2004. He is the 2nd oldest among all his brothers and sisters. He has two brothers and two sisters, all of them studied at BSS and are now grown up. One of more...


Raj & Shalu’s story

by ASWINI SAHOO – COMMUNICATIONS & FUNDRAISING MANAGER – BSS. BSS found Raj and Shalu (Brother and Sister) at the railway station slum community in 2013. They simply caught RAJAN’s attention and were brought in and registered as students in BSS. Presently Raj is studying in Grade-1 and his sister Shalu in L.K.G. “It was more...


Sashi’s story

by ASWINI SAHOO – COMMUNICATIONS & FUNDRAISING MANAGER – BSS. SASHI is a student of BSS since 2005; she belongs to Harijan Dalit community. Presently she is studying in class-9th in Kasturba Inter College. Her father is a Rickshaw puller; he spends all his earned money drinking as he is a alcoholic. In the influence more...


Shadhika Foundation’s Partner’s Conference

At Shadhika Foundation’s first-ever Partner’s Conference, for  the women from the several Indian organizations which help  girls attain an education, the Chennai, India conference attendees  included  Buddha’s Smile School founder/director, Rajan Kaur. The participating women shared the stories of their organizations, discussed their challenges and learned more about fundraising for their work. Rajan reports, “This more...

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The youngest student

Dana and I met Jasmine on the same day. We went to visit the Bengali refugee community in the summer of 2012 and found one of our young girl students, Tamanna taking care of her newly born sister. Their mother was badly sick. We asked Tamanna if she would return to Buddha’s Smile School but more...


Visiting student communities

Every few month or so Rajan and her teaches visit some of the various communities their students live in. They interact with parents and seek out any issues that might cause a student to begin missing school. They also talk to families of the unschooled children who are forced to work rather than attend school more...


Save Girl Child

A performance was held at  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Benares Hindu University (BHU)  on 2nd October 2015 at Film and Media council. Buddha’s Smile School was invited to participate by three students,  Arindam, Anurag and Bhanu of IIT, BHU, who are also working for Barefoot International. The program was organized to help Buddha’s Smile more...


Deepak–the Tabla maestro of BSS

Deepak, who is now 18 years old was born deaf and dumb, yet he is the heart, the hero and soul of Buddha’s Smile School. Rajan found him in 2004 when he was 6 yrs old – a very dirty, skinny boy diagnosed with Polio. “He stole my heart,” Rajan said. “His parent never believed more...


Monu, Raja & Sunny.

Rajan met Monu, Raja and Sunny’s, family in a Sarnath beggars community in 2003. Their sister, Chanda was brutally murdered after being forced into marriage at the age of 14 years and due to the poverty the family the eldest son who was also a student of BSS was sold by his family in 2010 more...


This is Golu’s story

We met Golu in 2014 when she lived in the Harijan/Dalit community – a slum near Chaukaghat Railway Station, Varanasi. From a tender age Golu had been a drug addict. When Rajan and her teachers visited that community they always found her in possession of the same form of drugs, which she would hide in more...

Thank You: Girls from BSS holding the letters "THANK YOU"

Donation from the Netherlands

For the third time Buddha’s Smile School has received a donation from the Netherlands at the beginning of a new school year. This year BSS received an amount of 1.785 euro. Thank you dear friends from the Netherlands and Lucia from Italy!


Ten More Children Need Scholarships

As you probably know, Buddha’s Smile School operates as a school for poor Dalit children. What you may not know is BSS also has 43 children who have progressed through BSS and now require individual support through their Government Primary and Middle schools years. These children are doing well and some, with your help, will more...


Excellente nouvelle !!!

L’ école Buddha’s Smile School de Bénarès (Inde) a pris livraison ce 3 août de son nouveau school-bus! La concrétisation de plus de deux années de collecte de fonds par l’équipe d’Human Y Terre Mouvaux : soit 15000 euros pour ce don qui permet aux enfants des bidonvilles d’être acheminés en sécurité vers l’école BSS more...

Human Y Terre Fixes Bus

Thank you to special friends in Europe!

Buddha’s Smile School has a new YELLOW school bus, thanks to it’s many friends in Mouvaux, France and the Netherlands. Thanks to Patrizia de Chiara, Do Radius and all our friends at the French NGO Humanyterre in Mouvaux who raised 15000 Euros through their membership, and with gifts from ISE corporation and many artists and more...

Jahida (left), her mother & Rajan

Jahida’s story

The amazing summary of this story is how an Indian Dalit girl, while forced to marry, is able to continue her schooling and reach her goal of becoming a nurse. Jahida has been attending Buddha’s Smile School since 2007.  Like many before and after her she took it upon herself to visit BSS and ask more...


Gunja wins first prize

“I’m so excited,” Rajan said. “I want to tell everyone how Gunja recently won first prize in her school’s art competition and was selected the best student in art for the whole school.” Gunja attended Buhhda’s Smile School for many years and is now one of their  middle school students. While middle school students are more...


This is Puja’s Story

Puja has Down’s Syndrome. In 2012 when Rajan found her she was twelve years old, sitting alone, in a corner of a Chaukaghat railway station community shanty house. She’d never learnt to speak and no one in her family bothered trying to talk to her. “I wonder why Puja has lived this long,” her mother more...

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Let’s keep him coming to school!

This motivated child of Buddha’s Smile School, studying in Class 1, is so excited to come to school everyday! This week, he overslept and almost missed the school bus. But no worries! He so didn’t want to miss school, he ran to get on the bus and came to school without his clothes on! Help more...

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BSS student enters National Cadet Corps

Getting ahead in India when you are from a family of beggars and of the untouchable caste is a major achievement. Growing up in a slum with alcoholics, little food and shelter and probably a daily beating or two can either make or break a child. Buddha’s Smile School, in Varanasi, India has produced many more...


Priyanka, the girl who loves school

You wouldn’t think it, but most BSS children look forward to going to school each day. Priyanka, who has been a student at BSS since 2006 and is now 14 yrs old and studying in class 5, is no exception. In 2013 Priyanka had to drop-out of school for two years because her mother was more...

Children who are forced to beg

Varanasi is a colorful but impoverished metropolis overflowing with cultural significance yet haunted by the many hundreds of thousands of untouchable children. Children who are forced to beg, living their lives in poverty, ignorance and abuse. Buddha’s Smile School (BSS), founded and directed by teacher Rajan Kaur, feeds, educates and nurtures 350 of Varanasi’s untouchable more...

Video – thank you, Thomas Lebec.

Buddha’s Smile School ( école pour les enfants… by yavanamire Thank you, Thomas Lebec, for allowing us to use your wonderful video. Thomas was at BSS last year and has produced a timeless eleven minute video of Buddha’s Smile School and Varanasi. Worth a watch.

Vulnerable BSS Students at Risk: Dormitory Needed

Preethi is a 12 year-old girl from class 3 in BSS. She lives with her widowed mother in the leprosy colony in Rajghat,Varanasi. Without a male figure at home, they are vulnerable, unsupported and have met with some dangers in the past. Recently Preethi has had a change of mind: she’s decided she wants to more...

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