Siddhartha School Project
Mission: The mission of Siddhartha School Project is to provide operating funds and capital improvement monies to the Siddhartha School, which endeavors to give the children of Ladakh, India, access to a rich, thoroughly modern education that is in harmony with their Himalayan heritage and their cultural traditions. Our foundation ensures that the school is open to all families, regardless of their economic circumstances.
Results: Founded in 1993 by the esteemed Buddhist abbot Khen Rinpoche, the school is a vital agent in moving a simple Buddhist culture into the 21st century with care and consideration for the ancient traditions of its people. Located in the high Himalayas of northern India, Ladakh is among the last places on earth where a traditional Buddhist culture remains unrepressed. But rapid modernization and the global market economy threaten Ladakh’s sustainable, communal and deeply peaceful way of life. For over 20 years Siddhartha School has provided a dynamic, sensitive program of academic excellence for all children, Nursery age through Class 10, regardless of economic means. It is an institution with a great track record. Since 2008 and 2009, 100% of the first two graduating classes passed the government exam. A female student in each class set and then broke, the highest exam records ever achieved in all of the Jammu and Kashmir region.
Target demographics: Children in Ladakh, India, regardless of their economic circumstances
Direct beneficiaries per year: 415 Ladakhi children, and provided employment to over 32 people. We are proud to share that many of our teachers are educated Tibetan refugees.
Geographic areas served: Ladakh, a remote region of the Northern Indian Himalayas
Programs: Social and Emotional Learning and Secular Ethics, Buddhist philosophy, debate training and dialectics, Art and cultural programming in music, Intercultural Arts Programming, Residential housing and care for 45 children, many from areas fifty miles away or more.