At the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, a large children's home in north India, our goal is to enroll all of our ambitious 12th class graduates in top colleges. The Mission: University program is into its fourth year and will soon have 25 participating students working hard in a variety of challenging disciplines. We invite all supporters who know and love these kids already, or those just looking to make a real world impact, to help us give them this life-changing opportunity.
In a competitive country like India, education is critical. It's estimated that only 4% of Indian students will ever earn a college degree. Without a degree or a marketable skill, many young people in the country face a bleak future of low paying jobs and little opportunity. The cost of a year's education is $2500 to $4000 (US) depending on major and school selected. And while this may seem affordable by western standards, it is far out of reach for all but the wealthiest families.
As with most all higher education these days, the challenge is how to pay for it. Unfortunately, there is minimal aid available in India and loans are not practical for a children's home like ours. And so, as we have done for more than 70 years, we are seeking to partner with like-minded individuals to help lift these kids up. Whether with a single donation, monthly support or direct sponsorship of a specific student, together we can actually do this!
This project has huge long-term potential to change these children's lives. Among our participants we have a future Architect, a Bio-Technician, a Social Worker, a Nurse, a Physical Education Teacher, a Civil Servant, an International Finance Broker, an English Teacher, a Hotel Manager, an Editor and a Child Advocate Attorney with many more to come! While we believe all of these kids have the potential to change the world, we know your help will certainly change their worlds forever.