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Fundraising for the construction of a new school for orphaned children in Northeast India through the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission.

The Project

The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission (GSAM) is a home for orphaned children in Northern India. The current focus of GSAM is to build a new government-recognized school on the mission land, both for the children living at GSAM and those in the surrounding communities.

The new school, while modest in size, has the potential to support the orphanage through admission fees of students from the surrounding communities. GSAM also hopes to run adult education classes, free medical camps, conferences and local community meetings outside of school hours. Currently, GSAM has raised 75%, or $150,000 of the required $200,000 to complete the new school project.

I have been in contact with Clifton Shipway, GSAM’s Deputy Director, over the past couple months, and as I spoke to him and learned more and more about GSAM, my enthusiasm for their mission and goals has continued to grow.

I have decided to travel to Banbassa in 2013 to spend time volunteering at the Good Shepard Agricultural Mission. In addition, I will be leading fundraising efforts in the US prior to my departure in order to help the GSAM reach their fundraising goal for the new school project. My current fundraising goal is $10,000, which I plan on raising in part through this online fundraiser.

PLEASE consider donating to this cause!!! :)

If you know me personally and would prefer sending a check, please e-mail me at margienejman@comcast.net




A Little More About the GSAM...

The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission (GSAM) was founded by Maxton and Shirley Strong in 1948. Originally purchased with the intention to train young agricultural workers, the mission gradually evolved into a farm home for orphaned children. The mission attempts to be as self-supporting as possible with crop production, fruit orchards, a dairy, fishponds and a bio gas plant (for cooking).

After Shirley and Maxton passed away, one of their children, Maxine, along with her husband, Warwick, and their son, Clifton, returned to the mission in 2004 and took on the work of building it up again. The children on the mission were in a pathetic state of care after years of neglect. The work was full of challenges as there were massive debts and the electricity, water system, and sewerage were in disrepair. But things have continued to improve.

The Shipways sold everything they had in Australia including their house, cars and possessions and used the money to further improve the mission and the work going on there. Currently, there are about 120 children on the mission. Altogether there are about 220 people on the mission—some of the staff works for a minimal salary, and several staff members work as volunteers. Financial support for the mission has come from family, friends, and church groups across the globe. GSAM is completely privately run; no corporation or organization consistently supports or sponsors the work.

Most of the children come from beggar and leper families, though none of the children themselves have leprosy. They were brought to GSAM to save them from such a fate. By the time they leave they are usually able to obtain a decent job far above the standard from which they came. Some of the “graduates” from the mission are now married with families of their own and work on the mission helping to care for the younger ones.
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