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"We teach and nurture hope for some of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged children. We are a non-denominational, non-profit school located in Varanasi, India."

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Congratulations to all our middle school students

  Through your generosity Buddha’s Smile School (BSS) was able to support 80 middle school students this year — 40 girls and 40 boys — and we are pleased to announce all but two passed their end of year exams with good grades. “Our middle school scholarships provide students with free transportation to school, payment more...

Rajan with HH Dalai Lama

“Blessing of HH Dalai Lama and receiving award are still big encouragement”

Seven years ago, in April 2009, director and founder of BSS Rajan Kaur Saini received the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from Wisdom in Action. His Holiness Dalai Lama handed out the award to her in San Francisco. Receiving this award felt as a big blessing and a great honour to Rajan and it encouraged more...


Betsy Rose touches hearts

Recently we had the privilege to welcome American singer and songwriter Betsy Rose. For many years already she is spreading the message of justice, peace and love in the world. Where she is, she touches and moves the hearts of people. In our school Betsy Rose sang different songs in English and Hindi, and played more...

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Taking care of our students in winter time

During cold winter nights in Varanasi it is always a big challenge for our students to stay healthy. During the day the temperature is warm but as soon as the night comes, temperatures drop down to 7-10 degrees Celsius ( 44-50 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. Most of our students and their families sleep in small more...


Living under a bridge

Since October 2015 around 35 students who had been living in huts along the railroad (called Chaukaghat Community),  live under a freeway bridge in open air and without any shelter to protect them.  The photo above shows BSS students Golu, Chotu and Majnu in their  new ‘home’….under a freeway. Our students and their parents and more...


BSS will have Day Care Center

Buddha’s Smile School has started with the construction of a small day care center for children in the age of 0 to 3 years old. This new center will enable girl elementary school students to attend classes on a regular basis rather than intermittently stay home to care for their younger siblings. Rajan Kaur Saini, more...


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 Kaur Saini, founder of BSS said. “They enjoy coming to school and I was told more...


Raj & Shalu’s story

We found Raj and Shalu (Brother and Sister) at the railway station slum community in 2013. They simply caught Rajan Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School’s attention and were brought in and registered as students. Presently Raj is studying in Grade-1 and his sister Shalu in L.K.G. “It was very difficult to convince their 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 Kaur Saini, more...

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The youngest student

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 she replied she couldn’t because she needed to look more...


Visiting student communities

Every few month or so Rajan Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School 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 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...

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