This is Golu’s story

GOLUWe 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 of drugs, which she would hide in her underwear. The drugs were locally made from of chewing tobacco, derivatives of opium and alcohol.

In addition to her serious addiction, her parents were not caring for her so Rajan decided she should be brought to BSS and persuaded her highly reluctant parents to let her attend.

With a lot of love and motivation Golu began to withdraw from her addictions and resume a more normal life of a child; learning and playing, combined with love and regular food — which are very important basics for children from these types of communities.

Unfortunately, Golu and her family were recently forced leave their Varanasi settlement by the Police and move 60 km away. They are hoping to be able to return as they have jobs as day labourers in Varanasi.

Right now Golu is with her family and no longer attends Buddha’s Smile School. When we last saw her she was no longer an addict. Golu is 7 years old.

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 end up attending University – which is an incredible achievement when you think about it

The school year began in July and we are short of funds to cover 10 of these primary and middle school students scholarship.

Thanks to all of you, we’ve raised enough to cover all but 10 of the students, but we need your help to cover the rest — we’re short just $4,000 USD.

A full-year primary or middle school scholarship is just $400 USD a year or just $33 USD a month.

Please help by making a donation to cover the costs for one of these last 10 students?

 

Excellente nouvelle !!!

HYT_teamL’ 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 qui leur garantit éducation et repas quotidien.

Nos actions ont permis à cette opération de voir le jour, grâce à vous tous : adhérents, membres bienfaiteurs entreprises (société ISE), ou particuliers (artistes et personnes de cœur) inscrits à nos rdv annuels, partenaires presse, mécènes….comme fans sur les réseaux sociaux : des plus modestes aux plus généreux donateurs!

Mention spéciale aux enfants de l’école St Roch qui ont collecté 750 euros lors d’un pique nique  solidaire….

Encore MERCI à tous !
Et bonne route aux enfants de Benares

Contact humanyterre France at
www.humanyterre.com
or on their Facebook page
Human Y Terre Mission Gagnon

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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 other individuals on their social networks list.

The St. Roch Kindergarten, Mouvaux, France, held a picnic which raised 750 Euros for the bus and the Board and Employees Council of the Dutch broadcasting corporation BNN-VARA awarded BSS a Labour Day Gift of 2500 Euros toward the new bus, thanks to a proposal submitted to them by Mrs. Monique Rutter.

We also want to thank Humanyterre and Hyt who paid for repairs to our old school bus. Now we’ll have two fully-operational and safe buses for transporting the 220 children to and from school each day.

Funds for the original bus purchase were donated in 2007 by Geir and Ase Davidson and the many school children, friends and businesses of Etne, Norway who continue to support BSS by helping provide daily meals for the children.

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First run of the new Bus thanks to everyone
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BSS children happy in their soon to be repaired bus
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Our old and soon to be fixed bus. Many Thanks

Jahida’s story

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Jahida (left), her mother & Rajan

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 Rajan to allow her and her sister to be enrolled in Buddha’s Smile School. She’d found out about BSS from her neighborhood Bengali refugee friends while they collected trash together.

Like many Dalit girls in Northern India, Jahida is over-burdened with her family’s many survival needs which take priority over her own and are placed firmly on the shoulders of even youngest children.

“But Jahida had a dream, and some get-up and go,” Rajan Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School’s said. “She’d decided many years before, she wanted to extricate herself from the poor begging lifestyle and become a Nurse.”

After passing grade 5 at BSS, Rajan helped Jahida enroll in class 8 in a Government run middle school.

“It’s a pity but Jahida had to drop-out from her school last year due to more family pressures.  Her mother fell sick and Jahida had to work hard for her family to help them survive.” Rajan said. “However, Jahida was lucky and after a while we were able to help her return to school and continue with her studies.”

However, in the meantime Jahida’s mother had made Jahida marry as she felt it would protect her daughter and keep her safe. Fortunately, Jahida’s wish to continue her studies was honored and she was allowed to continue living with her mother and studying, and not have to move in with her husband’s family .

Her husband is 17 years old, the same age as Jahida.

“Jahida will move to the girls dormitory after we build it in 2016. We will then watch over her and help her develop her self confidence so she is be able to achieve her dream to become a Nurse one day.” Rajan said.

To support Jahida and the many other BSS students like her please make a donation today!

 

 

Gunja wins first prize

IMG_5378“I’m so excited,” Rajan Kaur Saini, founder of Buddha’s Smile School 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 BSS for many years and is now one of their  middle school students. While middle school students are still cared for by BSS and sponsored by BSS donors, they attend a government-run middle school.

“Winning this prize has given Gunja more confidence and she has become even more dedicated to learning and showing other BSS students how it’s possible to progress,” Rajan said.

This is the first education hurdle many kids from BSS need to manage, moving from the more cloistered BSS environment out into the world of a government school. Rajan and her team monitor every child. They’re taken to school each day in a BSS bus, call into BSS to have a meal and their homework checked and at the same time have their frame of mind assessed.

“Gunja always tells us she is so proud to be a student of BSS,” Rajan said. “She is a number one star, in my opinion, an example of what can be achieved by the poor Dalit children.”

Gunja lives in a leper community on the outskirts of Varanasi, India. Buddha’s Smile School currently looks after 35 children from this community.

“I discovered her community in 2006,” Rajan said  “A leper woman who knocked on the school gate asked me to visit the community and asked if the children could be given an opportunity to attend school at BSS.  No one cares or pays attention to them, she told me,  because they are the children of lepers.”

Gunja was among the first batch of children BSS took and  she has always wanted to become an artist one day, Rajan says.

“Today we can see the huge changes she has made,” Rajan said. “Her hidden talents are shining through and Gunja can finally see that it might be possible for her to live her dream. She may truly become an ARTIST one day.”

Gunja is now in 6th grade. She is intelligent, vital and, as Rajan says, “she knows the value of herself and is a proud young girl.”

However, in her government school Gunja cannot tell anyone she comes from a leper community.  “So this is another reason the girl’s dormitory we are building will be so helpful. It will keep Gunja and the other girls safe for the future,” Rajan said.

 

 

This is Puja’s Story

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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 said to Rajan.

And that is when Rajan decided she must get Puja into BSS so they could teach her as much as possible.

Over the past few years, Puja has slowly developed and has opened up to all the BSS teachers, who have taken a special interest in helping Puja and motivating her.

“Everyone tried to help develop her social skills. At first she did not want to come to school and was not interested once she got here, but we all helped and now she looks forward to attend Buddha’s Smile School each day,” Rajan said.

“We’d show her things from my ‘magic bag’ and soon she became interested to learn through the toys and pretty things.  Now she never misses a day. Puja loves to color in her notebooks and also to dance,” Rajan said.

“I’m planning to have a dance teacher work with her. Just like our deaf mute student, Deepak, who can now play the tabla (drum) I believe one day Puja will also find her talent which she can develop to make a better life for herself.”

 

 

Let’s keep him coming to school!

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Badal, pleased to have arrived at Buddha’s Smile 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 us make sure he and others like him can keeping coming to school by making a donation today. We’ve raised 27 of the 43 scholarships we need for this year – but we need your help to cover the rest. Sponsor a child today.

Buddha’s Smile School is short of funds to cover 43 students this year. In just one month, with your amazing support, we’ve raised enough to cover 27 of these students. Help us cover the costs for the last 16! A full-year primary or middle school scholarship at BSS is just $400 USD a year or $33 USD a month. A donation of any amount helps. Make a donation today!