IMSB offers ongoing support for The Prajna Vihar School in Bodh Gaya, India.
Coordinates of the school: 24.692041,84.988
Visit The Prajna Vihar School Website: http://pvschool.in
Our Connection With The Prajna Vihar School
Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained his full awakening. It is currently also a major center for Buddhist pilgrimages and the site of the Prajna Vihar School. In the early 1990’s Shaila Catherine participated in a meditation retreat in Bodh Gaya taught by Christopher Titmuss. Each morning during the retreat, Christopher met with and told stories to local children while meditation students delivered gifts of bananas, eggs, or rupee coins. The desperate poverty, illiteracy, and utter lack of health care were heart-wrenching. Shaila later learned that a fellow participant in the retreat had remained in Bodh Gaya with a goal of helping these children.
He took the initiative to found the Prajna Vihar School—an interfaith project serving both boys and girls. Today, the school provides free education to hundreds of economically and socially disadvantaged youth who would otherwise receive no education. Since its beginning, Shaila has followed the development of the school and has visited it several times. The school has developed from a vision of hope to a multistory building serving the primary educational needs of over 550 impoverished children. Ongoing running costs are approximately $60 per student per academic year. It is with full confidence in the integrity and value of this school that Shaila Catherine, the Insight Meditation South Bay (IMSB) Outreach and Aid Team, and One World Children’s Fund (OWCF) are championing this worthy cause.
Working in Parternship with One World Children’s Fund
IMSB has partnered with One World Children’s Fund to more effectively provide support for the school. While the IMSB Outreach and Aid committee is responsible for raising funds for the school, OWCF provides financial, networking, and management services to ensure that donations for the school are efficiently managed. OWCF takes no administrative fee for their services; therefore, 100 percent of all donations we raise go directly to the school. To support the school you may donate through either the IMSB or OWCF accounts. Designate “Prajna Vihar School” on your donation so that it will be used to support our school.
Resources and Information about the Prajna Vihar School