Buddha’s Smile Students call their school “the seventh wonder of the world” and a ‘temple.” Click on this link to find out why.
Amistad has been a proud sponsor since 2005 of New Light, programs for children of sex workers in Calcutta, India. Founder/director, Urmi Basu, and New Light are prominently featured in the highly-acclaimed book ‘Half the Sky’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book and upcoming documentary film covers the oppressive conditions faced by poor women and children throughout the world, and the efforts of brave people like Urmi who aid the helpless in making new lives for themselves. For more on the book and the upcoming documentary to be released in October, 2012, please visit Half the Sky.
Last week Buddha’s Smile School founder/director, Rajan Kaur, visited a neighborhood of garbage collectors to select several new students for the new school year which begins July, 2012. These are children who would not otherwise be going to school. This photo above shows several of the children who are giddy with delight at being chosen as one of the 22 new students. When you come to the last photo in this series you’ll see some of our current most advanced students. What a transformation our kids have while at BSS!
These photos show the ‘before’ and in a few years, if the families will commit to their children’s education, the students will be transformed into confident sharp kids ready for high school.
In January of 2012 Brooklyn, NY artist Erica Harris was welcomed to Buddha’s Smile School in India to teach art classes and take photos of daily activities at BSS. Thank you also to Erica and her friends who raised over $6,000 for BSS middle school scholarships. We invite you to take a look at Erica’s beautiful photos of our BSS students: http://www.ericaharris.org/2012/03/2012bssactivities/