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by The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission
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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)
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Help Orphans In India (GSAM General Fund)

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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Hey everyone,

As one season rolls into another, as one crop is harvested and another is planted, life here at the mission continues its beautiful, challenging perfectly imperfect unfolding. This time of year, the weather begins to cool, evening mist returns to shoud us all in a bit of mystery, and Christmas preparations are already underway. Throwing a party for 150 is no small task.

As we appraoch the end of the year, we would like to thank you all for your continued support. For our monthly donors, we can not tell you what this kind of regular contribution means to us. For our one-time or seasonal donors, your generousity is equally appreciated.

We do want to highlight one technical concern that you may or may not be aware of.

As a donor to one of our campaigns, you will have received a notice from GlobalGiving recently. They've been having difficullty tranferring money to us due to changes in Indian regulations. One line in this communication really stood out to us and perhaps it did for you as well. (The "issue" in question is the abiity to transfer money.)

GlobalGiving is working hard to address the issue, but there is a chance that we will be unable to disburse funds to this project. If we cannot disburse funds, your donation(s) may be reallocated to another organization per our terms and conditions. If this happens, we will contact you again with additional details, including the option to select an alternative project. 

We want to assure our supporters that the donations you've made and are continuing to make through Global Giving are safe and secure and will eventually reach us. There is no need to cancel sponsorships or stop donations. Until GG works things out with the Indian Government we are working to be able to divert funds to India through Health and Development Aid Abroad (HADA), a registered non-profit in Australia that we have been working with for over 11 years. HADA has helped us raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the constuction of our school and many other projects on the mission. It might take a few weeks to set up but we are confident it will allow the funds to come here safely and securely.

Until then we will have to be prayerful and careful in how we spend what little savings we have left. Work may slow down, but it will continue. Perhaps this is a good excuse for many of us to catch our breath and prepare plans for the next chapter of this incredible journey that we are on together.

We hope this information will help to soothe any worries you may have.  Should you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your incredible support so much.

Kind regards,

Clifton Shipway
Deputy Director
The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

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Running an NGO like ours comes with a lot of responsibility. A responsibility we don't take lightly. Next to the quality of care that we provide our children, probably one of the most important jobs we have is ensuring our accountability with you our supporters. Our weekly newsletters play a big part in that but so too does individual emails, content on our website, Instagram and Facebook.

At the end of each financial year we painstakingly create a Annual Report of the year and publish it on our website along with our Audited Report. Though creating the Annual Report is actually a requirement by law, we go above and beyond to create something we are proud of, a piece of history we look forward to looking back on years in the future.

This week we are excited to release our Annual Report for 2018-19. We think it is our best one yet. It is filled with photos and stories from the whole year as well as detailed information about our finances, expenses and income sources.

Although you can view the report online, we will also be printing copies in the coming week. If you would like to order a copy for yourself please reply to this PL and let us know. We would ask that you make a donation of $8.00 or more to Global Giving campaign to cover postage and printing costs. The final printed report makes a spectacular addition to any coffee table!

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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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The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

Location: Dist Champawat, Uttarakhand - India
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Clifton Shipway
Dist Champawat, Uttarakhand India

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