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…

Sashi’s story

SASHI is a student of Buddha’s Smile School 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 of alcohol he beats his wife and three 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…

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…

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 Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s more…

Monu, Raja & Sunny.

Rajan Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School 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 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 Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School and her teachers visited that community they always found her in possession of the same form more…