Educational Institutions

Siddhartha School Project

  • Freeport, ME
  • www.siddharthaschool.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Siddhartha School Project is to provide operating funds and other financial support to the Siddhartha School, a thriving school for poor children in the Leh-Ladakh region of northernmost India. No child is denied admission to Siddhartha School on the basis of financial need.

Main Programs

  1. Raise operating funds
  2. Purchase a solar well pump
  3. Infrastructure improvements
  4. Sustainability fund
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Siddhartha School Project supports the Siddhartha School and its catchment area, located in and around the village of Stok in the Leh-Ladakh District of Jammu & Kashmir State, India.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Scott Cronenweth

Keywords

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education, Ladakh, India, Tibetan Buddhism

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EIN

20-2643361

Physical Address

9 Frost Brook Lane

Freeport, ME 04032 6601

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The academic success of Siddhartha School is unprecedented in the Ladakh region, where the Indian public school system has largely failed to provide basic literacy and job skills. As of 2010, 100% of Siddhartha's first two graduating (grade 10) classes have passed the stringent state academic proficiency exam. For poor Ladakhi Buddhists in the school's catchment area, a scholarship to Siddhartha School may be the only hope for a modern education and solid job prospects in the region's rapidly changing economy. The alternative -- clearly seen across Ladakh today -- is poverty, alienation and the erosion of a globally important culture in which compassion, cooperation and sustainable living are core values. Siddhartha School not only improves the lives of students and their families enormously, but also it sustains precious Tibetan Buddhist life-ways as Ladakh adapts to sweeping economic and social change.

Programs

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Program 1

Raise operating funds

To provide 100% of the operating funds required annually by Siddhartha School

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$70,000.00

Program 2

Purchase a solar well pump

Siddhartha School requires a solar-powered pump for its single well, in order to irrigate trees and food plants as well as provide adequate drinking water for students and staff. This "going green" initiative will dramatically transform the campus and provide much-needed cash and building materials over time.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$18,000.00

Program 3

Infrastructure improvements

Siddhartha School's accreditation with Jammu & Kashmir state is conditional based on infrastructure improvements to be made by 2012. These include:

Complete construction of the dining hall

Construct an examination hall/multi-purpose room above the dining hall

Create athletic fields suitable for team sports such as football (soccer) and cricket

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Sustainability fund

To ensure its ongoing operation in an uncertain economic future with a fluctuating exchange rate, Siddhartha School Project has created a Sustainability Fund. Its purpose is to finance the school in perpetuity, by enabling the organization that runs the school (Siddhartha Welfare Society) to make income-generating investments locally that will cover the school's operating costs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Siddhartha School Project supports the Siddhartha School and its catchment area, located in and around the village of Stok in the Leh-Ladakh District of Jammu & Kashmir State, India.

Funding Needs

Siddhartha School Project's basic funding needs for 2010 and 2011 are approximately $100,000 annually. This includes: $70,000 to be wired to Siddhartha School to cover operating expenses $15,000-$20,000 to meet our own operating expenses (including, beginning this year for the first time, a monthly stipend of $800 for the Executive Director)  $10,000 to cover unanticipated costs at the school; e.g., the need to purchase new computers, hire more teachers, purchase books for the school's library, etc.  All unspent funds are saved to our "Sustainability Fund," for the future use of the Siddhartha School, in an FDIC-insured account.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Scott Cronenweth

BIO

I have been a Siddhartha School Project board member for several years, and have visited the Siddhartha School and traveled in Ladakh. For 25 years I have worked as a freelance business writer and birdwatching tour operator. I took on the role of ED because I was the only person at hand who could and would accept the responsibility. SSP needs to professionalize its systems and processes, but we cannot afford to pay more than a token salary right now.  

 

While I have no prior experience directing non-profits, I have a wide range of professional, technical and personal skills that enable me to learn as I go and accomplish what is needed step-by-step in a good way.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Many schools in the developing world are funded from abroad. Why give to Siddhartha School? Here are some considerations I feel are highly relevant:

Your gift will make a long-term difference. Inadequate education -- not intractable poverty or violence or political repression  -- is the central challenge facing youth in Ladakh today. 

Our school has no "first world" political or religious agenda. It is locally run and exists solely to support the local community.

The culture that Siddhartha School supports is globally important. Leh-Ladakh is one of a precious few places left on earth where loving-kindness, cooperation and sustainable living are core values. We can only learn from these cultures if they manage to survive.  

Though our expenses are growing as we strive to professionalize to meet the school's fast-growing demands for funding, about 90% of money raised goes to Siddhartha School. We make every donation count to the utmost and keep costs to an absolute minimum. 

 Thank you for your interest in Siddhartha School Project."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Joli Greene

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