Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)

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Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
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Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)
Socially distancing at school.
Socially distancing at school.

Summer is fast approaching here on the Mission. Over the next week or two temperatures will begin to increase dramatically, eventually getting to as high as 52°C (or 127°F if you are from the USA). That's an unbearable temperature!

We just wanted to check in with all of you who have supported our work recently and say thank you so much. It is always humbling to us when we get notifications of new donations coming in. In the current global climate it means even more than ever to have your support!

We are both delighted and grateful to let you know that all of our children are doing well. While COVID-19 spreads like wildfire across the country we are thus far unaffected. While India itself is second only to the USA in overall cases, our state has a relatively low infection rate. We are doing our best to remind ourselves regularly of how important it is to stay vigilant and not become complacent. Many of our staff have already received the first of their vaccination shots.

School, at this stage, is still open for our kids. Those in grades 6-10 attend daily classes. Over the last week several districts have closed their schools, we expect this might happen in our district too. Our children who are attending university, at this stage, are remaining there.

At home life is pretty normal, our campus has always been somewhat cut off from the world. The biggest change that we have noticed is that our regular volunteers have not been coming: most years we have 100+ people come from around the world to help out. Our little world feels even smaller without them.

As we continue down this road of uncertainty we value the connections we have with each one of you. Your donations, support, prayers and messages empower us to keep changing the lives of our kids. Thank you for standing with us.

No masks required when you are studying at home.
No masks required when you are studying at home.
Celebrating the festival of Holi.
Celebrating the festival of Holi.
Off to the jungle to celebrate Kevin's birthday.
Off to the jungle to celebrate Kevin's birthday.
Some of our youngest ones while baking cupcakes!
Some of our youngest ones while baking cupcakes!
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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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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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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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Christmas presents being delivered in the morning
Christmas presents being delivered in the morning

Welcome to the New Year! It’s hard to believe almost 3 months has gone by since our last report. Of course, as we look back on all the happenings here on the mission it is easy to see how time has just flown by in a flurry of projects, activities and fun!

We had an amazing Christmas here on the farm with loads of past mission children returning home for the holidays. Our days were mostly spent gathered around little fires across the mission; each hearth alive with laughter, stories and games. Christmas morning was especially exciting -every one of our children received two separate presents (one upon waking up and the other at our family brunch). For the first time in many years we didn’t feel overwhelmed by Christmas, but rather were able to enjoy the company of so many loved ones.

We are happy to report that other than your run-of-the-mill winter coughs and colds most of our children are all in excellent health. The exception to that statement is little Niyati who, while playing with her sister and some friends, managed to fall off a stool and fracture her leg (for the second time in under a year). A few weeks in a cast and she will be right as rain.

At school the kids are currently undergoing what we call Formative Assessments, as a precursor to their final examinations these serve to assess how each student is doing with their various subjects. Our Year 10 students are undergoing their last day of classroom-based learning today and will now only return for their end of year finals. The grades that a student receives in Year 10 is the most important factor in deciding which school they can get admission for to study Year 12. Year 12 is the defining factor as to what University they can study in -so as you can see, good results in Year 10 have significant value!

On our farm our wheat crop is growing strong and will be ready for harvest sometime around April, our mustard crop is just a couple of weeks away from it’s harvest. Our fruit trees in our orchards, though under constant assault by monkeys, are starting to bud -and will be ripe with fruits come summer.

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us over the last 3 months. We are happy to report that the issues we were facing with getting GlobalGiving funds to the ground here have now been sorted and everything is running as it should be. We thank you for your patience during that time.

Regards,

Clifton Shipway
Deputy Director

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly!
No Christmas Eve is complete without a Dance Party
No Christmas Eve is complete without a Dance Party
New Year's Eve dinner was a blast!
New Year's Eve dinner was a blast!
Students at our school lined up for assembly!
Students at our school lined up for assembly!
Little Niyati, nursing her fractured leg.
Little Niyati, nursing her fractured leg.
Fun on the playground.
Fun on the playground.
Dinner preparation underway.
Dinner preparation underway.
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The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

Location: Dist Champawat, Uttarakhand - India
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