Jul 26, 2019

Bonus Day Bonanaza

Kamal at Jaspal Rana Institute of Education
Kamal at Jaspal Rana Institute of Education

Just a quick update to share a recent success. As many of you may have heard, this past Thursday was termed July Bonus Day here on Global Giving, with lots of matching money available for new large donations. The money didn’t last long, it was all claimed in less than three hours, but our Mission: University campaign ended up doing quite well.

Overall, our fundraiser received $11,603 in new donations. As well as $3801 in free matching money! For a total of $15, 052 in just one day! Crazy. That covers 75% of all second year fees for all of our Mission: U kids. Which is so awesome.

The campaign total now stands at $37,697 (as soon as the match is added) so we’re looking good. Thanks so much to everyone who got involved.

We’ve also had many college visits for our students. Clifford met with his BioTech Department Head at Uttranchal University; Kamal toured his PE sports facilities at Jaspal Rana Institute; Sunny took the first step towards becoming an architect at Dev Bhoomi University; Basanti inspected her hostel at Swastik School of Nursing; and Job launched into his first full week of classes at Ewing Christian College!

School begins in the coming few weeks and last minute preparations are all being made. It’s a huge step for these kids and an exciting time for all of us as this dream becomes a reality..

Thanks once again for stepping forward and supporting these kids. Education is the key to life here in India and together we're giving our Mission: University students the chance to aim higher and dream bigger than they ever imagined.

John

Job will be a towering giant at his University!
Job will be a towering giant at his University!
Clifford preparing to take on the Science World!
Clifford preparing to take on the Science World!
Jul 2, 2019

Summer Fun!

Jyotika fishing in our pond
Jyotika fishing in our pond

Summer break is now officially over and our children are back at school. If you have not been keeping up with our Weekly Newsletters, the last 30 days have been a series of games, activities, challenges, swims in our pool, trips to the jungle, cards, competitions, fishing and fun. Our good friend John Marshall is out here from the USA helping to keep our kids entertained over the vacation period and he sure is doing a great job!

We are also in the changover period as the weather in our area of India going from hot, hot, hot to hot, hot, wet. The monsoon is knocking on our door with irregular downpours that bring a burst of joy, life and energy to the place. Our fields, animals and plants love it... but not nearly as much as our kids! Every storm has our kids out playing football, dancing or having mudfights in the rain. It's the perfect way to cool off.

We also had a visit from Mansi one of GlobalGiving’s India Field Team members. Mansi came to meet our organization, see the work we are doing and offer advice on how we can better use GlobalGiving to impact our organization. It was great to have her here with us and we are already implementing much of her advice.

We want to thank you all for your amazing support; each one of you is helping to bring joy and life into the lives of these amazing children. We hope this latest batch of photos helps you to see that.

Kamal with some of the biggest fish of the day
Kamal with some of the biggest fish of the day
Carrom has been a popular game all summer break
Carrom has been a popular game all summer break
Nothing like a little mud
Nothing like a little mud
Pre-monsoon downpour!
Pre-monsoon downpour!
Someone forgot their umbrella
Someone forgot their umbrella
Cornhole is a new game for us this summer
Cornhole is a new game for us this summer
The boys having a swim in our pool
The boys having a swim in our pool
Kickball is a very competative sport
Kickball is a very competative sport
The soccer tournament was good fun
The soccer tournament was good fun
Mansi (middle) from GlobalGivings India Field Team
Mansi (middle) from GlobalGivings India Field Team
Welcome to the monsoon
Welcome to the monsoon

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Jun 25, 2019

Mission: University...almost accomplished!

Mission: University Map
Mission: University Map

As the month of June comes to an end, I wanted to give you all a snap shot of where the project stands at the moment. At more than $22,000 raised, we are well past year one and moving to get year two fully funded. Thanks to each and every one of you. Whether from large or small donors, this project only happens because people like you care about these kids.

Of the ten kids we started out with...turns out two will be ineligible to attend school this fall. Coreena and Ellie, need to retake exams in 12th class and will then be preparing to be part of the Mission: University class of 2020 if they choose to be. 

Of the remaining eight...

Clifford will be attending Uttranchal University studying BioTechnology this August.

Sunny will be attending the prestigious Dev Bhoomi University, one of only two schools in our state recognized by the Council of Architects in Delhi.

Jessica will be attending Graphic Era University, majoring in Journalism & Mass Communications. She had to make an entrance video which can be viewed here if you're interested. 

Kamal was accepted to Jaspal Rana Institute for Education and Technology to become a physical education teacher.

Sonia and Reeva were both accepted at Himgiri Zee University where Sonia will work towards a BA in Social Work and Reeva will study Travel & Tourism Management. (Reeva had a change of direction mid stream.)

All of these schools are in Dehradun, which is a beautiful college town in the mountains, cooler in summer, lite snow at times in winter. The kids are excited to have some familiar faces not too far away. The attached map was made to help them orientate and have it all feel a bit more real.

A bit further south, Basanti was accepted at Swastik School of Nursing, which is a huge deal as nursing students typically require a science back ground, and Basanti studied art in 12th class.

Job is our last undecided. He recently took an entrance exam for Ewing Christian College in Allahabad and is waiting to hear results. If he gets in, he'll be in a prestigious Government insitution studying history and political science...but we'll just keep our fingers crossed for now.

School begins for most all kids mid August so we still have some time. For now, thanks again for helping to make this happen. The kids are so psyched to get started and be the first in their families to attend college!

With love,

John

 
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