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Buddha’s Smile School Student Badly Burned on Rail Tracks

Last weekend (November 8, 2013) one of our young Buddha’s Smile School (Varanasi, India) students was burned when he tried to cross the rail tracks behind his house. Babo was burned on his back and legs with high electrical current.The school has no funds for his medical care. He will most certainly need skin grafts. The school has no money for his current hospitilization.

At the beginning of the school of our 221 students 30 live alongside the train tracks in rag lean-to’s. Their home conditions are appalling. In October, one of our students, Durga, 5, was raped and her body thrown under a train and cut in half. Our students who live along the tracks deal with constant dangers.

If anyone might be able help Babo’s medical care, please send a check to: Amistad International, 1657 Edgewood Drive Palo Alto, CA 94303. Or through our website: Please mention that your gift is for Babo, so that we correctly designate your gift. If a miracle happens and there are more funds that Babo’s medical care require, the remaining funds will go into the BSS medical fund for future injured and ill BSS students.

Stone Church Willow of Glen (CA) Helps Families Save Rainwater for their Gardens, Drinking and Bathing

Have you ever had the thought, “I wonder where my tithe goes?” or “What does the StoneWorks committee do?” Well, let me give you one amazing example!

Back in the spring, Roland’s Aunt Karen (who runs the non-profit Amistad International) and I were brainstorming. How can Stone Church, and in particular, StoneWorks, be utilized to help solve a global issue that faces people on an international level?

In May of this year, StoneWorks approved a proposal that I felt did just that. In conjunction with Amistad International, StoneWorks donated $1,200 to Community Initiative for Rural Development (CIFORD) to buy four 3,000 liter water tanks for four female farmers in Africa. The transactions and project went very smoothly.

These women will now be able to harvest the rainwater that was falling from their homes’ tin roofs (and otherwise lost into the ground). When the rains return, the farmers will be able to collect water for their gardens, bathing, cooking and drinking.

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Unlearning Poverty Mentality at BSS

Buddha’s Smile Students call their school “the seventh wonder of the world” and a ‘temple.” Click on this link to find out why.

Urmi Basu and New Light Featured in Documentary Film

Half the Sky book cover

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.

CIFORD Video—Empowering Girls Through Education

Check out Amistad’s video about CIFORD’s replacing female genital mutilation with new rites in Kenya’s Meru tribe. The video was made by Tanya and Boyd Cothran.

Watch the video.