May 27, 2020

Project Completed!

Parwati, one of our agricultural workers.
Parwati, one of our agricultural workers.

Hey everyone, We just wanted to give a quick little update to say that the funds have arrived and we have been able to pay not just last month’s salaries but next months too (and about 20% of the month after that). We are so grateful to all of you for your incredible support, thanks to you everyone is getting their much needed money on time and in full.

In the coming weeks we are hopeful that restrictions in our area will lift a little. It is our hope that we can open up our school and give parents who are capable and willing to resume paying fees. Our classes continue to run online for the school with surprising success. On the farm we are getting ready to plant our rice paddy crop. The children of the Mission are doing surprisingly well, their lives are mostly unaffected by the lockdown. Each day is filled with games and activities as we try to escape the blistering heat of Indian summer.

Once again we thank you all for your amazing support, it would have been a nightmare to manage this alone. It is incredibly encouraging to us to know that we have such a great support team to fall back on during difficult times.

Sunny & Flippy help keep the Mission in top shape.
Sunny & Flippy help keep the Mission in top shape.
Filly is the head of our school Kindergarten.
Filly is the head of our school Kindergarten.
Amos helps out in the office and administration.
Amos helps out in the office and administration.
You know when Esther is cooking lunch will be yum!
You know when Esther is cooking lunch will be yum!

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May 4, 2020

The Cruelest Month

As T.S. Elliot once wrote: “April is the cruelest month.”

This year, as the world has sheltered at home and worked to make sense of the evolving Covid-19 outbreak, our Mission: University program has had to adapt just like everyone else.

Since the middle of March, most schools in India closed and our students were sent home. Then, on March 24th, the entire country of India was put on strict lockdown…all 1.3 billion people…with harsh punishments for driving and virtually all unnecessary movement. This order is in place until May 3rd.

Students have been doing classwork on the computer and completing assessments online as they await the news concerning the future of their respective programs. At this time, it’s unclear what college students in any country will be doing before the end of the term, but we’ll keep you posted.

Most importantly, all students are safe and healthy. In fact, there have been no cases of the coronavirus within the mission gate’s, which is a blessing...with very few cases in the whole state.

This fall, we’ll have three more students joining our Mission: University roster (Rosey, Coreena and Jackie), bringing our total to 11. We couldn’t be more proud of the work our kids are doing and look forward to more successes as our program unfolds.

For now, like the rest of the world, we’ll just wait and see. From all of us at the Mission: University program, we hope you are also safe and well, with the cruelest month behind you. Here’s to better days ahead. We’ll get there.

Thanks for all your support,

John

Apr 21, 2020

Living in Lockdown

Hi everyone,

Just a quick little update to let you all know that we are doing fine during this lockdown period. On the 24th of March our government announced one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Everyone was forced to stay inside. No questions asked.

Thankfully, during this difficult time, we have been able to rely on our farm, our friends and each other. We are happy to report that there has not been a single case of coronavirus on our property (either confirmed or suspected) and, apart from being a little bored, our kids are doing just fine. To pass the time, the children have been playing board games, watching videos, doing crafts, playing on the computers and a gigantic 8000 piece puzzle.

We are in the middle of our wheat harvest and our staff, staff children and older kids are working long days to ensure it all gets finished soon. We are so proud of the hard work they are all doing.

Thank you all for your continued support, for your prayers and messages. We cherish each one.

God bless,

Clifton

 
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