Update February 2015: We have launched a brand new campaign: Orphan School. Take a look and join us in making yet another massive difference in the lives of these amazing orphan children!
Desks? Check. School furniture? Check. New school bus? Big Check! As our campaign enters its last two weeks, all money raised up to $52,000 will be used toward the completion of six new classrooms off the unfinished back end of our school. This extra space is sorely needed and has been a dream of ours for years. Whether or not we reach this final goal, our campaign has already been an overwhelming success! To our 600+ contributors: We can not thank you enough for all your support.
We are overwhelmed! Over 2800 people have now chosen to tell their friends about our campaign by clicking the Facebook Share button above. This is a huge deal, word of our work, our campaign and our amazing children is getting out to the world! Thank you all so much for your continued support, emails and notes of encouragement!
After being featured in Indiegogo's newsletter we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the world, we can't believe what's happening!
Here is our launch video for those who missed it:
After we hit our initial $4000 goal we released this second video:
Our orphanage, The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission,
has been caring for orphan children in India for over 60 years! We run a
school to help generate funds to support our orphans. Self-sufficiency is a huge goal for us
and already we are running without the support of any grants or
Government funding. We do, from time-to-time, however ask for help with
special projects. This is our first ever Indigogo campaign.
Run by Australian family, the Shipways, our orphanage was started in 1952 and cares for around 100 children from all over India. We grow our own food, run our own dairy, maintain our own buildings, tractors and vehicles, make our own furniture and recently launched our largest project to date: our school.
The Maxton Strong School, named after our orphanage's founder, was completed in July 2013. The school is used primarily to provide education for our orphan children as well as many students from the outside community; through fees raised from outside students we are able to pay for the expenses of the school and ultimately the education of our orphan kids.
Santoshi & Cynthia sitting at one of the desks we plan to make...
Though our school may be up and running, it is not fully furnished. Many of our classrooms are left without desks -or with desks that are so old and damaged they can barely hold the weight of the child sitting on them.
Our biggest need at the moment is 100 desks. To reduce costs we will be making them ourselves. A desk that seats two kids costs just $40 when we make it ourselves.
Every project like this can dream...so here's ours. $52,000! We're planning to build 6 new classrooms off the unfinished end of our school. We weren't planning on doing this for years but with so much support from all over the world...we're shooting for the moon. As our school expands, we need more space and this will help us get it.
We can't thank you enough for helping our dreams come true. The kids are blown away by the worldwide support. How high can it go? We have no idea. But we are so grateful for how far we've come. THANK YOU!!!!
Some of our students in our school...
If you are interested in helping out in other ways you could look at:
- Share this page on your Facebook, Twitter or GooglePlus account to encourage others to help out.
- Apply to volunteering with our orphanage or school or giving a donation on our website.
Our project videos were created by a visiting volunteer. John Marshall is a 9-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and writer from the United States who is spending some time with us here at the orphanage. It's his second visit.
John wrote, directed, shot and edited these videos that highlight our beautiful children. For anyone interested, he used a small Sony Nex-6 mirror-less camera. For the sliding shots, he improvised with a skateboard and a dining room bench that we had on hand!
Another volunteer, Jim Hilgedick, took the featured project image at the top. He also helped with color correction of the video. Thanks, Jim!