OUR SCHOOLS IN INDIA
In January 2017, Kaleidoscope Child Foundation opened it's newest educational programs in Bodhgaya and Lakhanpur, India.
Establishing Namasya Charitable Trust as our NGO (the name means: worthy to be seen), we embarked on our most ambitious work to date bringing high quality, sustainable education to 90 children in Bodhgaya and 30 in Lakhanpur.
The school in Bodhgaya sits near the ancient site of the Bodhi Tree, the legendary location where Siddhartha gained enlightenment, thus becoming known as the Buddha. This ‘birthplace’ of Buddhism is a remarkable paradox of visiting Buddhist and monasteries alongside the traditional practices of Hinduism among the Indian population.
Even today, the neglect and poverty that so shocked a young Siddhartha into a path of servitude around the fourth century BC, still exists today. Many of the children we serve live well below poverty lines and are still defined by their lower caste heritage.
Yet, in spite of such hardship, their resilience, thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm has strengthened our commitment to expand our programs.
Thanks to our supporters, more than 30 children are enrolled in beginning educational courses. In one year’s time, these children have gone from no educational exposure to impressive gains in Hindi, English and basic math skills. Their innate creative abilities are masterful, and we are excited to expand this program and provide them with tangible and sustainable platforms for learning.
With the acquisition of land complete and the beginning phases of construction underway for the first school in this village, Kaleidoscope will soon be able to educate 200+ children – changing generational illiteracy in the area and cultivating the probability of a greater future.
Once the building is complete, we will need to furnish the classrooms, hire additional qualified teachers and increase our basic supply inventory.
You can be a part of this project by donating and earmarking your gifts for our India project.
School Director-Nandlal (Nandu) Ravidas
Nandlal Ravidas (Nandu) is our administrator in India, serving, supporting and managing our school programs in Bodhgaya and Lakhanpur. Since officially obtaining our NGO status in 2017, Kaleidoscope annually serves more than 100 children from lower caste slum villages offering high quality education, hygiene support and family assistance. Many of these children are receiving freedom from generational illiteracy.