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: https://pvschool.in
Our Connection With The Prajna Vihar School
Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained his full awakening. It has become a major center for Buddhist pilgrimages. The Prajna Vihar School serves children in the nearby village. 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 shared stories with local children while meditation students delivered gifts of bananas, eggs, or rupee coins. The desperate poverty, illiteracy, and 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 and founded the Prajna Vihar School—an interfaith project serving both boys and girls. Since 1990, Shaila has followed the development of the school. She has visited it several times, and remains in touch with the founder, principal, and visitors to the school. 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 $75 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 provide financial support for the school. OWCF provides financial, networking, and management services to ensure that donations for the school are efficiently managed, transferred, and appropriately utilized. To support the school you may donate through the Prajna Vihar School page on the OWCF website.
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