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Causes: Education

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.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tamara B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Siddhartha School for over 13 years and have watched them grow into a world class institution of learning. Their excellence is demonstrated through the success of their students and graduates. As a nonprofit Siddhartha School makes enrollment available to all students regardless of family income. The teachers are qualified, caring, and support the students in all aspects of their personal growth. Kudos to Khempu Rinpoche lobzang Tsetan, founder of the school💖

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic school! Example for others around the world.
Thank you!

Martha Klaus O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the way they celebrate their students. I visited the school recently and was very impressed with the staff and students. I loved their new ethics instruction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited the school many years ago and have watched it grow to a fully mature flower. So happy for the students and teachers .

Tamara B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Siddhartha School for over 13 years and have watched them grow into a world class institution of learning. Their excellence is demonstrated through the success of their students and graduates. As a nonprofit Siddhartha School makes enrollment available to all students regardless of family income. The teachers are qualified, caring, and support the students in all aspects of their personal growth. Kudos to Khempu Rinpoche lobzang Tsetan, founder of the school💖

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Siddhartha School for over 10 years and have had the honor of watching it grow to a model school in Ladakh for children to attend regardless of the ability to pay. Khen Rinpoche, founder of the school, set an intention for it to provide a 21st Century education, along with opportunities while maintaining the Ladakhi culture. Supporters of the school, volunteers, staff, parents His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the greater Ladakhi community have all shared in the progress and ideals established by Khen Rinpoche. As an educator I feel so blessed to see the development of the school, the skills, curriculum, and willingness of the staff to push past the boundaries of their culture and training to embrace new ideas. Supporting this educational community in Ladakh is extremely important to a cultural and geographical area that is not sustainable due to excessive Western influence, global warming, and penetration of socioeconomic and moral influences.

My experience with the Siddhartha School Project is vast as I was on the board for a period of time, I volunteered at the school for several years to help facilitate the establishment of a working library, have continued to fund raise and support the purchase of library resources, and supported the education of a student who is about to graduate. All of the support garnered by the school goes to the benefit of every student for a quality education.

Sydney Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most impactful organization in which I have made an investment. Their funding support changes the life trajectory of over 400 Students at the Siddhartha School located high in the Himalayas of Northern India. A thoughtfully and fiscally sound organization which will celebrate 25 years of educating young people while ensuring that the ancient cultural traditions are memorialized.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This Summer, I visited the school for the first time. I have supported the education of students for a number of years. During my two-week visit to Ladakh, I witnessed firsthand the community which has been thriving since 1995. It is an educational microcosm of excellence in curriculum, social and emotional learning, and continuance of the students' rich cultural Tibetan heritage. The goodness of this microcosm is now spilling forth into the region with graduates bringing their higher educational studies from within and outside of India back to the people of Ladakh. Siddhartha is an educational platform for goodness in the world.

Ngodup T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It’s an great honour and fortune for being part of the Sss for the past 13 years as a teacher.Despite teaching I worked for heroes project and kickstarter. It was indeed a great part of my life working with SSS. For the remote area as our land and able to provide students with such good wisdom and education. I would like to thank the donors and volunteers for their unwavering support and commitment .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Siddhartha School not only enriches the lives of its students - it reaches out beyond the school grounds into the local community and the rest of the world through the Heroes Project and its collaborative efforts with other institutions and educators.

Taani Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best educational institute in whole Ladakh region providing basic education to the students from remote areas of Ladakh at free of cost. Siddhartha school is unique in its own ways, it provides quality education to the students studying there and also promotes to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Tibetan tradition. 11 batches already passed from the school and many of the graduates are spreaded in all over India and in USA also for their further studies.

Jennifer S.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The SIDDHARTHA SCHOOL PROJECT is an impactful non-profit that provides children from remote regions of Ladakh of Northern India the opportunity for quality education while still preserving local culture. It is an honor to support them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the great fortune and privilege to visit this school in Ladakh during a trip there. I was completely amazed at what has been accomplished there -- school offerings, including instruction in all subjects plus English, and full meals, after-school programming, and extracurriculars, in a great setting of several buildings. I was able to visit every single grade, speak to the students, and meet some of the teachers. It has been an unforgettable experience, and one that's inspired me to do more myself to use education to transform lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visited Siddhartha School in Stok in the summer of 2018. It's a very special place - one in which you feel everyone [teachers, students, staff] is excited to be there. We were welcomed warmly, like family. We visited classrooms , interacted with students and teachers, participated in an impromptu seminar with the older students and a guest filmmaker, and attended a school assembly to inaugurate new dormitory buildings. While modern tools and concepts are part of the curriculum, so is a rich appreciation for their culture, history and language. The students are motivated, hard-working, and compassionate members of society who don't take their education for granted.

STanzin S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

well im student of siddhartha school in which because of charity i was able to proceed toward my dream.
now im in frist year persuing my engineering course .thnkyou siddhartha and dear sponser

Client Served

Rating: 5


I worked as teacher and coordinator in Siddhartha School for eight years.It was one of the most meaningful years of my life.The mission of the school is to preserve the culture of humanity. And I found myself lucky to be the part of it. And the most beautiful thing was to experiencing the witness of growing children towards the betterment of life.Indeed!!! they are major contributors of my growth as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited Siddhartha School this summer. I first donated to the project on meeting Khen Rinpoche in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008. I have worked with children for 40 years. I began working as a teacher in public schools systems across the United States for over 20 years, then as an Occupational Therapist providing pediatric therapy in schools and in home health, and in my own clinic. I was so very impressed with the high level of academics provided in this small school high in the Himalayan mountains. I was so delighted to see rooms of happy, engaged bright eyed Tibetan children being exposed to the wonders of 21st century life in the world being prepared to engage with and offer Tibetan culture and wisdom to the world at large. I feel they are being prepared well to become young adults who can successfully engage with world and bring their culture to a place of integration with the world.will survive and thrive in the world because of the work at Siddhartha School. The vision of Khen Rinpoche to preserve Tibetan culture and prepare them to live in the world today is being realized. They were learning with computers, and videos, interviewing us, delivering amazingly wise and skilled speeches each day in class and assembly. We saw Tibetan cultural dances, songs, plays, traditional clothing interlaced with Western technology and science, culture and speech all at ease and flowing with joy and vitality. The education these children receive is so well rounded with outdoor activities, classroom instruction, individual attention. It far exceeds the level I have seen in our public schools here at home in the United States. It is very clear to me why the children are performing so well in the ratings. My heart is filled and overflowing with joy to share how satisfying it was to visit and see Siddhartha School. I feel these children will grow and help the Tibetan culture survive and thrive in the world because of the very dedicated, devoted, important and powerful work at Siddhartha School.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It’s not only the Ladakhi children that are receiving an education of astonishing breadth ....we , too , receive an education from them . They are astonishing ambassadors of a unique culture and perspective. The school is well run and social media keeps you in the loop ...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The opportunity to get to know the Siddhartha School came with friends in Ladakh who introduced me to not only the school, but their incredible mission. I have since returned several times to Stok and am working with SSP from my university campus in New York. The unique programs which I have personally seen them promote include; cultural preservation through their initiative to teach Ladakhi, Hindi, English, and Tibetan; involvement with the Mind and Life Institute; the sponsorship of children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to receive such a stellar education; and the promotion of local documentary film artists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Siddhartha School is hands down the most impressive institution I have had the pleasure of working with. It was built from scratch with a few simple ingredients, ambition, perseverance, loving compassion, and a dream that has been brought to a brilliant reality.

Everything in Siddhartha school is done intentionally; nothing is squandered and the best interests of the students are at the heart of every action. The facuty love their children, and for many the teachers are not only instructors but care takers. The administrative staff and principal run the school like a well oiled machine, with strength, discipline, patience, and kindness.

The Siddhartha School is a truly a treasure and more than worthy of every dime you may choose to donate.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Teachers, board and staff love their students and do all they can to improve their lives and deliver a great education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has sponsored several students at this important school in Ladakh, India over the years. For just $360 a year per child, we have provided full-tuition scholarships to students from families who could never afford a Siddhartha School's already low tuition on their own. The Dalai Lama recognizes the school as on the vanguard of Himalayan education and continues to visit regularly. The Siddhartha School emphasizes many important things—Social and Emotional Learning and secular ethics, traditional heritage and dialects, and contemporary academics so essential for a region in the midst of rapid change. I've visited the school a few times with my son and husband, and we continue to be impressed with the staff. What is more, in meeting our students and their parents, we were assured that the small contributions we've made have genuinely helped families with real economic need, who are doing their best to make life better for their children. We even get a video message from our child 2x a year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known of this organization since it was begun, years ago. Last year we had the fantastic experience of visiting the School, meeting the administrators, teachers, parents and, most importantly, the amazing students! I cannot express in words the commitments of all people involved in this endeavor. We support a young man who is at the school and meeting him in person simply reconfirmed our commitment. Also, we have had the privilege of getting to know one of the graduates of the School who continued he studies here in the US. She won full scholarship to Smith College. Every year she and her friend (full scholarship) return to their home to provide education to the community on woman’s health issues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the summer of 2013, I had the opportunity to stay with a family in Stok, Ladakh and volunteer at the Siddartha School project and residential hostel. The experience proved to be nothing less than life-changing. There was a brilliance of being immersed in a culture steeped in traditional Buddhist teachings — wisdom, kindness, and generosity abound! And not enough can be said of the most wonderful family that I stayed with who ultimately became my own. The respect for education and learning is palpable at Siddartha School and while as a volunteer you hope give more than you take (away), don't count on it!!