Dhamma Dipa School

Project Brief: An educational project for disadvantaged children of poor tribals in South Tripura
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Stamford
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Shobha Murali
Project Partner(s): Dr. Ven Dhammapiya
Other Contacts: Anita Shah
Project Address: , Bahujana Hitaya Education Trust,P.O. Bishnupur, Manu Bankul,Sabroom, South Tripura,
Tel: 91-3823-275295, 275329
Stewarding Chapter: Stamford

Asha Stars, if any:

Chitra Aiyar

Dec 2008StamfordUSD 10000
Dec 2007StamfordUSD 7500
Dec 2007NYC/NJUSD 9500
Dec 2006StamfordUSD 5000
Dec 2006Work an HourUSD 2316
Dec 2005NYC/NJUSD 3000
Dec 2005Work an HourUSD 2315
Dec 2005StamfordUSD 2315
Dec 2004StamfordUSD 6000

Total = $47946

The Dhamma Dipa School (DDS) is an English-medium boarding school in Sabroom, the southern most district of Tripura. The school was founded by Dr. Dhammapiya, a Buddhist monk who earned his PhD from University of Bombay and returned to Tripura. There are currently 250 students in kindergarten through sixth standard. Dr. Dhammapiya plans to expand DDS by one standard each year, and eventually become a degree college.

The primary interest of the Asha Stamford Chapter in picking this school was to service geography of India that we felt was largely underserved. The big cities and the schools in villages of the states supporting the big cities are typically able to attract resources as there are several non-residents who originate from these areas. However, we felt that the eastern part of the country, especially the tribal areas needed support, more so education support. The Asha Stamford Chapter has been supporting the school for nearly 3 years.

Project Descrition and Background
Turn focus from cities and towns to rural villages by providing quality education to poor tribal children

Upgrade by one class every year and increase only 30 seats (intake capacity) each year. The school will be upgraded up to Higher Secondary (10 + 2) level in future.
Dhamma Dipa School is a Residential School and is registered under the Indian Trust Act, 1882 and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 and is run by BAHUJANA HITAYA EDUCATION TRUST (BHET) a Non-profit Public Charitable Association established on 15th June 1998.