Dec 14, 2020

One Week On The Farm

This is indeed a difficult time across the globe, we are so grateful for the amazing support that we have received over these last few months. Rather than write a long report we would rather share this short video that gives a good look into just what a few days here on The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission looks like. Check out our latest video One Week On The Farm.

The truth is, the pandemic has hit us hard. Our school fees (which we rely on heavily to pay our staff) have not been coming in; neither do we have the heart to put pressure on parents of our students at this time. To add additional stress to it all we did not receive a power bill from our local electrical network for more than 6 months, when the bill finally came in it was around USD$15,000 - over 40% more than we expected! Thankfully some amazing people have stepped up and met this unexpected need. We cannot stress just how grateful we are to all of you for your incredible support through these difficult times.

As we now head into Christmas there are more bills to pay, presents to purchase and celebrations to be paid for. To keep costs low and avoid wastage when so many are in need, we are doing things a little differently this year. The same amount of Christmas cheer, but on a lower budget.

Wherever you are at this time we hope you are safe, happy and with those you love.

Happy Christmas from all of us here at The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission.

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Aug 31, 2020

The Class of 2023

Mission: University - New Group Shot
Mission: University - New Group Shot

As every parent of a college student knows…it’s a strange time to be in college.

As the pandemic continues around the world, as India is now 3rd in overall cases and 4th in deaths, Indian universities are forced to make difficult decisions about safety and how best to educate.

For our Mission: University students, this means remote learning for now. On computers and phones, listening to lectures online, making the best of a less-than-perfect situation.

For Clifford and Sunny, our future Bio-Technician and Architect-in-training, it means no hands-on practical lessons in fields that rely on hands-on, practical lessons. Not ideal, but the show must go on.

There’s a lot of unknowns at the moment, but still…the gears of academia continue to spin and we are pleased to announce our original eight Mission: University students are now joined by five more.

Careena and Chandani (not pictured) will be studying Hotel Management at the well-respected Dev Bhoomi University.

Rosey and Maya will be studying English Honours at the prestigious DIT University.

And Jackie will be attending Graphic Era Hill University (where his sister Jessica began last year), studying International Business.

We could not be prouder of our ambitious students or more grateful for the sponsors who have stepped up to support them. Our Elite 8 have become the Lucky 13…with many more on deck for next year!

For anyone who might be interested in officially sponsoring a student, there are a few partnerships currently available.

Sunny – Year 2 of 5 – Architecture – Dev Bhoomi University

Job – Year 2 of 3 – History & Political Science – Allahabad University

Kamal – Year 2 of 3 – Physical Education – Jaspal Rana University

Reeva – Year 2 of 3 – Travel & Tourism Management – Himgiri Zee University

Chandani – Year 1 of 4 – Hotel Management – Dev Bhoomi University

If you’d like to be more directly involved, just reach out and let us know. We can fill you in on all the details.

What the future holds for next semester, no parent can predict. But our students are buckling down, knowing that in or out of the classroom, you get what you put into your university education.

Thanks for all your support during these challenging times. As Year Two of the program begins, we are thrilled to be offering this rare and precious opportunity to more of our kids. I can tell you, they're all excited to shuttle off to their respective campuses in the months ahead.

We’ll keep you posted.

Stay safe and well,

John

Maya and Rosey ready to study English!
Maya and Rosey ready to study English!
Jessica, Sonya, Reeva and Basanti in the library.
Jessica, Sonya, Reeva and Basanti in the library.
Kamal our Physical Education Teacher.
Kamal our Physical Education Teacher.
Coreena waiting for the kitchen classroom.
Coreena waiting for the kitchen classroom.
Sunny our future architect.
Sunny our future architect.
Aug 17, 2020

Monsoon Games

The start of the Monsoon Games
The start of the Monsoon Games

Hi everyone,

We hope you are all well during this difficult time in world history. Just like many families around the globe we are mostly stuck at home - doing our best to survive and get through each day. Keeping our spirits up when shops, schools and life as we know it is closed down can be tough. Each day can feel like a bit of a grind - but it doesn’t have to be this way!

Our amazing team here came up with an idea to keep life exciting for our children, inspired by our Summer Games program (our summer camp that we used to run for our kids) we have named this new initiative Monsoon Games. The gist of it is that every day at 3:00pm our kids come together for new, exciting and often adrenaline packed games, activities and competitions. To add even more flavour to the mix the kids have been separated into four teams: Huskies, Falcon Fire, Raptors and Cougars.

We are a month into the Monsoon Games and the kids are absolutely loving it. Anything can happen at 3:00pm and we have already seen a huge range of activities, games, Minute-To-Win it style competitions, Lego construction challenges, even a terrific Talent Show. The Games have certainly done their job of bringing joy and excitement into the lives of our kids (and staff).

Wherever you are in the world, whether you are locked up at home or one of the lucky few who still get to go out and socialize, we hope you too are able to find some joy and excitement in the midst of all the struggles. If nothing else, we hope this report, these photos and the thought of 80 happy children in a tiny town in India will bring a smile to your face.

Thank you so much for your continued support, we hope you and your loved ones are safe.

"Cup" Pong challenge underway.
"Cup" Pong challenge underway.
Magic Carpet racing around the Dining Room
Magic Carpet racing around the Dining Room
Corn Hole is an old classic!
Corn Hole is an old classic!
Amoeba Challenge had the teams outside having fun.
Amoeba Challenge had the teams outside having fun.
Lined up, anxiously waiting for the challenge.
Lined up, anxiously waiting for the challenge.
Lego creations!
Lego creations!
Another day, another game to play.
Another day, another game to play.
The last baloon unpopped wins!
The last baloon unpopped wins!
The Talent Show really brought out the stars!
The Talent Show really brought out the stars!
A dance number from some of our younger ones.
A dance number from some of our younger ones.
 
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