Stichting Kinderhulp Bodhgaya, Netherlands
Stichting Kinderhulp Bodhgaya/Child Welfare Bodhgaya Foundation gives castless orphans and children that are left behind, in the district Bodhgaya, in Bihar, India a home again, medical care, education and a vocational training. In this way a fundamental contribution is given to the development of structural provisions for childsren with a seemingly hopeless future.
Two kilometers from Bodhgaya, where according to the tradition The Buddha reached enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in hte world-famous Mahabodhi temple, a children village was built with associated infrastructure. In accordance with the local culture the village for children is called "Lord Buddha Home for Children". This complex facilitates in a shelter for hundred children, girls as well boys, in small family houses for 10 children each. The children are raised by their "own" mother, who gives them the loved and respect they deserve. A health centre wich is also available for the local community, a pray- annex recreation building and staff rooms are part of the village. A primary school will soon get under construction. Since this year there is also a vocational training centre, wich is also available for the children and youth from the local community.
The buildings are surrounded by a play yard, sportfields, a kitchen garden and soon here will be a small farm for hte kids.
Because of the numbers and the problems of the outcast children in Bodhgaya region, it's impossible to house all the outcast children in the village. To prevent theze children from derailing, The "Lord Buddha Home for Children" provides Community Empowerment programs about health care, education and employment for these children and their families. In this context healthcare is the foundation for a healthy society. When people are healthy, it becomes easier for them to follow an education learn a trade ans work towards a better life. Therefore we have setting up Multi Activity Centres (MA|C's), run by local people, where people can learn how to control their helath, the helath of their family and how to improve the local living conditions.
These extensions to the program are seen as innovative elements in finding a solution for the current problems facing the orphans and outcast children in and around Bodhgaya. they add enormous value to the program.
The Stichting Kinderhulp Bodhgaya/Child Welfare Bodhgaya Foundation is cooperating the programs with the NGO Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra in Hazaribag, India. This organization is raised in 1971 and well known in India and also international.