Get Involved

“You will make more friends in a week by getting yourself interested in other people than you can in a year by trying to get people interested in you.” Arnold Bennett

2 Get involved as a Volunteer of Little Stars School

You can become a volunteer in school, either in the girls hostel or the staff, please find out more here

We are happy to accept one time or recurrent donations. We use donations strictly for the goal as intended by the donor. 

Goals for donation

In the Netherlands funding is coordinated by Conny van Staalen-van Leeuwen. Donations are exempted from income tax. Please mention: for Little Stars School.
Home: 00 31 (0)165 30 14 22; mobile 00 31 6 42 05 21 02.

Stichting Benares Schoolfonds te Wouw (for school, hostel or individual student’s sponsorship)
Rabobank: 19 34 91 353

Stichting Benares Bouwfonds te Wouw (for renovations and maintenance)
Rabobank: 12 75 06 349 

UK Citizens (with tax Deduction)

Friends of Little Stars is a registered with HMRC in the UK as a charity. We have a account with Lloyds Bank and aggregate donations there for sending directly on to Little Stars in Varanasi. We qualify for Gift Aid.

Account name is: Friends of Little Stars
Sort Code: 30-98-29
Account Number: 45980560
Treasurer: Kieran Archer

The residents of USA can get full tax deductions on their U.S. income taxes if they donate funds to Little Stars School (LSS) through the Gupta Foundation based in Philadelphia.
Simple make cheque payable to The Gupta Foundation and mail it to: 6 Fetlock Lane Blue Bell, PA 19422-2459 U.S.A.
Chuck Gupta, President of the Foundation, will send you a tax deductible receipt for the I.R.S.

Be sure to put LSS on the memo line of the cheque.
Provide your email or postal address to get the receipt.
Feel free to call Chuck at 215-248-4123 if you have any questions.
Please sent an email to LSS, and we will contact you.

all (without tax deduction)

Donations can be made, by using the bank account as given below, by Western Union, or by sending a cheque.
Little Stars School is a NGO that is governed by a board of trustees comprised of local business and academic leaders. For official government of India purposes the school is registered as Rishi Pragatisheel Shiksan Sansthan and the hostel as Balika Shanti Sadan. LSS received FCRA registration, which allows it to receive foreign donation. 


State Bank of India 
Account Name Rishi Pragatisheel Shikshan Sansthan
Account : 40296456488 (FCRA Current Account)
Branch Code: 00691
IFSC: SBIN0000691
Bank Address: FCRA Cell, 4th Floor State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch, 11, Sansad Marg, New Delhi – 110001

Address Account Holder
N-1/59-A-23-22, Shivpuri Colony
Nagwa-Lanka, Varanasi
221005, U.P. India


Western Union

Location Haifa Services
B1-108 Assi Ghat Varanasi, India 221015 

Cheque can be sent to
Asha Pandey
Shiv Puri Colony
N – 1/59 A – 23 – 22
Nagwa–Lanka Varanasi
Pin No – 221005, U.P. India

Jatin Singh – Class 6

Jatin is living without a father right now, but the rent for his house is a lot, 3000 Rs. ($48). His mother is a housewife and takes care of her daughter, and one more son. While Jatin’s situation is hard, he is very interested in science at the moment, and would love to pursue science related studies after completing school at Little Stars.

Shivani Mishra—Class 6

Shivani’s situation is “very difficult, and there are many crises in her life” at the moment. Her mother, Leka, takes care of two boys, and one other girl. Her father, Ajit, is a teacher. He earns approximately 3500 Rs. per month ($56). Rent every month is 2000 Rs., leaving the family with $24 to spend. Shivani would be thrilled if a sponsorship came her way.

Purnima Paswan – Class 9

Purnima is 15 years old and is in Class 9. She has lived in the Shanti Niketan hostel since she was 4; her parents are poor farmers in a nearby village. At Little Stars, she is an outstanding student: she speaks very fluent English and wants to become a doctor to make her father’s dream come true. She often leads the morning assembly and helps teachers around the school. At the hostel, she loves to translate for foreign volunteers, cook, and of course, study. She has four older brothers who she loves very much, and is always looking forward to holidays she gets to spend with them.

Deepali Mehrotra – Class 11

Deepali is an incredibly voracious student. Her favorite subject is English, and in her free time, she loves to read books. When asked what she wanted to be when grew up, her answer was “I am not sure, but maybe a teacher.” Her home life, however, has been continuously difficult. Her father, Srikrishna, abandoned her family because of mental issues, and was also an alcoholic. Her mother, Ranjani, scrapes by to pay the Rs. 3500 ($56) rent for their house, leaving her with very little to support Deepali and two other daughters. Besides these ever-reaching hardships, Deepali has done a terrific job in school, and would benefit tremendously from a sponsorship.

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Please feel free to contact us.

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