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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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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...

Badal - BSS

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...

Samsher NCC certificate 8-15

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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