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Bodhgaya Development Association (BDA)

147 Richmond Road
4170 Morningside Queensland
Australia

Phone No.: +61 (0) 7 3399-2017
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E-mail adress:
Internet:http://www.dharma.org.au/bda
Contact person: Victor von der Heyde

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The Bodhgaya Development Association (BDA) provides support for long term initiatives to help the poorest of the poor in the Bodhgaya region.
The BDA was established in 1992 and is based in Brisbane (Australia). It is an incorporated tax-exempt non-profit organisation.

Objectives:
• To establish a set of activities for the on-going support of community projects in the Bodhgaya region, Bihar, India.
• To raise funds and secure donations for use in community projects targeted to the poor and needy of this region. The projects should deliver benefits such as: Education, Health, Literacy, Community Care.
• To raise the self-esteem and self-reliance of the communities involved.
• To raise and distribute funds with minimal operating costs, thus ensuring the greatest transfer from the donor to the final recipient.

The BDA has provided funds for different programs.
• The development, running and expansion of the Prajna Vihar School, which provides education for children of the very poor who would otherwise (generally) receive no schooling.
• Support and funding for fifteen years for the the Mahisi Gyanodaya Abhiyan, a literacy and economic self-suffiency project administered by Ma Jaishree Upadhya (known as Sister Jessy), which operated in outlying villages in the Bodhgaya area.
• Support and funding for Nari Jagran Manch a program for lower caste women and girls, covering literacy, micro-credit, education and training.

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