Bodhgaya Development Association


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2015 newsletter (pdf)
2014 newsletter (pdf
2013 newsletter (pdf)
2012 newsletter (pdf)

Where is Bodhgaya?

BDA Objectives

Prajna Vihar School website

Asha Seva Kendra (Tribal women program in Jharkhand)

Jeevan Deep (Health and Education program in Bodhgaya)

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2011 newsletter (pdf)
2010 newsletter (pdf)
2009 newsletter (pdf)
2008 newsletter (pdf)
2007 newsletter (pdf)

Finance Reports: 1993-2006

Prajna Vihar School
Early School History
Reports on the school: 1993-2000   2001-2006
Early history of the school in images

Mahisi Gyanodaya Abhiyan  (Regional literacy and support program run by Sister Jessy)
Reports by year: 1994-2000   





Interviews with students, past student and parents of the Prajna Vihar School, 2015

Bodhgaya is the place where the historical Buddha became enlightened some 2500 years ago. It is currently a place of pilgrimage for people interested in Buddhism. It is in the state of Bihar and one of the poorest and most violent regions of India. Villagers tend to have very little opportunity to change their circumstances. The Bodhgaya Development Association (BDA) provides support for long term initiatives to help the poorest people in this part of India.

The BDA was established in 1992 and is based in Brisbane (Australia). It is an incorporated tax-exempt non-profit organisation. We do not currently (January 2015) have tax deductibility status but we are in the process of applying for this.

The BDA has provided funds for different programs. The longest program we have been supporting is the development, running and expansion of the Prajna Vihar School, which provides education for children of the very poor who would otherwise receive no schooling or very low standard schooling.

Students on their way to the Prajna Vihar School [in background, behind wall] in the early morning, December 2012, with pigs and piglets in the foreground.


From late 2014 we started supporting three other programs.

One of these, called Jeevan Deep, offers education and health services to low case communities in and around Bodhgaya. We are providing funds for the health care service.

The second new program, called Asha Seva Kendra (literally Centre Serving Hope) is for education and support for marginalised tribal women, about three hours drive south east from Bodhgaya. This is the first time we have supported a program outside Bodhgaya. We have an association with the organisation providing this service through our long term association with Sister Mary Lobo, whose work in Bodhgaya we supported while she was alive.

While we are providing a small level of funding for Asha Seva Kendra, we realise that some donors would prefer to support programs in the Bodhgaya area. If you would like to support Asha Seva Kendra, please specify this when you make a donation.

The third new program provides education on health issues and support for marginalised communities in and around Bodhgaya. It is run by a Sr Manisha, a social worker who has run programs in poor communities for thirty years.

We have supported other programs in the Bodhgaya area such as Mahisi Gyanodaya Abhiyan (Campaign for Awakening Wisdom) and Nari Jagran Manch (literally Forum for Women's Awakening) a life skills, literacy and community-based micro-credit program for low caste and illiterate women and girls.

All work done for the BDA is voluntary with adminstrative costs being donated by people on the management committee in Australia. Because of this, all money donated goes to the projects themselves and no Westerner gets paid from donations.

The BDA manages to keep up its yearly support for the projects from the generosity of people in the West. If you would like to contribute or to find out more, please contact us.

Bodhgaya Development Association Incorporated, 147 Richmond Road, Morningside Queensland 4121 Australia
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