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Mahabodhi Girls Hostel
(Girls' Hostel - Established in 1992 with 25 girls)
gurujiVen. Sanghasena established the girl’s hostel to provide boarding, lodging and medical care free of cost for girls belonging to the underprivileged families. The first building of the hostel was built in 1992 especially for girls because the Ladakhi society was and continues to be negligent towards the female child, particularly in matters of education. Initially the building was just sufficient to accommodate the first batch of 25 girls however, over the period of time; the need was felt to extend the same facilities to the hundreds more students belonging to poor families of the remote villages. At present there are 140 students who come from approximately 70 different villages of Ladakh, living life happily amidst love and compassion.

They are looked after by the warden, incharge, co-incharge and the foster mothers. And as they would do in a family environment, the children are encouraged to clean and arrange their own rooms, help in gardening and participate in many of the Devachan social events. The feeling of a shared responsibility and accountability towards each other’s peaceful living is inculcated in them through the compassionate and blissful teaching of the Buddha.

gurujiEvery year we admit students in our hostels and we require sponsors for newly admitted children. Total amount for sponsoring a child is Rs. 35,000/ (Approx. Equivalent Euro 550 and US$750) which cover entire their boarding, lodging, food, medicine, education, uniform, stationary etc. for a year.
Objectives of Mahabodhi Education Program
The Mahabodhi Education program aims at imparting quality education at an affordable or no cost basis, embracing children from poor families and secluded social background. It believes that everybody has a right to the best possible education and here, we offer it with outmost love and compassion. A child admitted is considered a valuable asset of the school and sincere efforts are done to groom them in the right direction to serve the society better.
Ever since its inception the primary objective of the school has been to impart holistic education to students irrespective of their gender, family background and socio-economic conditions. At Mahabodhi education program, we offer comprehensive education embedded with integral love, care, and compassion. A blend of tradition and modernity, materiality and spirituality, knowledge of head and heart, fitness of body and mind, the school provides a complete balanced environment focused on shaping children into better human being of tomorrow. The aim of the school is to provide education directed towards the multi - dimensional growth and development of the students. The environment of the school fosters a love for learning, empathy for others, unity in diversity, compassion in action and a sense of social and moral responsibility among the students.
"Illiteracy and poverty are the biggest enemies of mankind; they must be fought and conquered at any cost."
~Bhikkhu Sanghasena
Future Plans
  • Our plan is to give boarding and lodging facilities for 200 girls.
  • 50% of the buildings at each sites is all ready existed with the help of sponsor, supporters and well-wishers. Rest of the other 50% yet to be constructed as and when some philanthropic individual or group come forward to support.
  • Staff quarters to be built for each hostel as at the present the staff live in the same dormitory of the hostel.
  • A prayer hall cum study hall in urgently needed for both hostels.
  • The hostels need Guest Rooms with attached bathrooms for the sponsored during their visit to stay.
  • Multipurpose play ground/ Indoor Stadium/ sports equipments/ Music equipments also require for both hostels.
  • Video/ Audio visual equipments and educational cassettes/ CDs
Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre
P.O. Box No 22 • Leh Ladakh 194101, India
Tel: 91-19 82-264372 . Fax: 91-19 82-264155
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