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From Adriana Ferranti, director of MAITRI Charitable Trust
Since February, MAITRI Charitable Trust, an FPMT-affiliated project in Bodhgaya, India, has been carrying out sterilizations of street dogs from Bodhgaya with a major three-week camp and two smaller ones. We’ve seen 395 dogs that have been sterilized, vaccinated against rabies and released to their territories after full recovery. We seem to be catching many “latest-generation” dogs. Amazing how many have managed to escape our drives and how many puppies have managed to survive.
In April, we finalized the results of the end-of-year test in our three village schools. Since only pupils with regular attendance were admitted, 326 took the exam in all six grades in both formal and non-formal classes and 108 were promoted. The new school year started with 547 pupils, inclusive of promoted, failed and newly registered children.
In May, we organized and paid for a deep boring tube-well and hand pump in the extremely undeveloped and destitute village of Nimi in Fatehpur province. There are hundreds of such villages in the district, which somehow fall in the blind spot of the government services that are supposed to provide hand pumps to all villages.
The blasts of July 7 in and around the Mahabodhi Temple have marked a fault-line in Bodhgaya. Gone are the shops and hawkers that crowded, littered and polluted with unbearable noise the space outside the temple, but in have come armed guards and detectors of various kinds that are certainly at odds with the seat of enlightenment. But finally the International Buddhist Council has found some common cause to pray for besides electricity bills, taxes and so forth – every week we meet to pray for peace.
MAITRI Charitable Trust does humanitarian work in Bihar, one of India’s poorest and most densely populated states, providing programs addressing the needs of people in the areas health, nutrition and education as well as care for animals.
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