L’Ecole des Soleils is an french association whose mission is to create and support a school in India (Suryodaya Educational Trust), in a small village 7 km from Bodh Gaya, where Buddha reached enlightement.
The tree where Buddha reached enlightement.
The genesis of the project
Arnaud et Shiva (2002)
The genesis of the project begun in India in January 2002 as Arnaud met Shiva in Bodhgaya during the bodhi tree celebrations.
At that time, Arnaud is living during 2 months by Shiva’s home in Bodh Gaya.
Rinku, Shiva’s daughter, and two of her children in 2011.
The project takes place where she lives.
Arnaud will meet Shiva again in summer 2011.
His children have grown and his daughter Rinku has herself 3 children. Arnaud meets her in her village, 10 kms by Bodh Gaya. He is really amazed by this charming place, dedicated to rice, wheat and vegetables growings.
This little village and its houses made of mud is an oasis of happiness with many children all around. Plenty of them don’t go to school and the village people are hoping for a good educational service. The school project idea was born. Rinku’s husband had a non-used building. The place was found. The project could start on good bases…..
Some of the kids, coming to see the French volunteers. How small is the mini courtyard of the little mud house. Most of the children had never seen any westerner people!
Feasibility study and gathering the troops to create the Suns’ School.
Visit of a school financed by an Spanish NGO and managed by indian people. Here happy Annie!
Some of the children coming to see the French volunteers. How small is the mini courtyard of the little mud house. Most of the children had never seen any westerner people!
Creation of the French association L’ECOLE DES SOLEILS
Renovation and expansion of the buildings.
Building Expansion in March 2013
Project and renovation video
Creation of Suryodaya Educational Trust
Local NGO in charge of the shool and managed by Manoj
(trusted friend and Shiva’s son)
A few years of effort and patience
19 January 2016
Opening of the school with 73 children aged 3 to 8 years old.
We hope this project may inspire you and encourage you to work with us in the future!