The project envisages the construction of a new building with classrooms and a semi-undercover open-air play area for young students. Designed to provide a Kindergarten space for approximately 240-320 of the youngest students at the Maxton Strong School, it will also incorporate a semi-undercover, open-air play area.
Engineering Ministries International EMI in New Delhi has provided us with concept drawings and floor plan for the building. All required government approval has been received so once sufficient funds are in hand the project can proceed. Construction costs for a building of this nature can be conservatively calculated at A$250,000. Currently the Maxton Strong School has a Kindergarten building that is being used to provide education for the newest students who enter our school but it is desperately in need of replacement.
Who will benefit?
Our hope is to construct a new building that contains 8 classrooms, toilets, a staff room, storerooms and a large outdoor play area. Each of the 8 classrooms is designed to cater for 40 students meaning the capacity of the building will be 320 students. In addition to the 320 students the Kindergarten will need a further 9 teachers, 8 assistant teachers, 2 cleaners and 1 department head, thus providing full time employment for some 20 people, apart from the 20-30 men who will be involved in the construction.
The Final Goal
A major facet of the vision for this project is to see income generated from the monthly student fees so the project can become self-supporting as quickly as possible. Your generous help can make this vision become a reality for the needy community of Banbassa. To donate just click on the EziDebit button below.
Clifton Shipway (Manager)
Meet the Manager
Clifton is the grandson of Rev. Maxton D. Strong the founder of The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission orphanage in North India. In 2004 at 19 years of age he moved from Australia to India with his parents to continue on his grandfather’s work.
A Challenging Task
Today he is working as the Deputy Director of the orphanage and the Chairman of the Maxton Strong School (the orphanage’s school). He is married to Priscilla, a former child of the mission, and together they have 3 sons.
Over the past 8 years Clifton has overseen the construction of the orphanages new school through the support of HADA. As the school now turns its focus from the construction of just one building to the implementation of an entire campus it will be Clifton’s job to monitor the progress and manage the new facility.
Warwick ‘Rick’ Shipway (Director)
Warwick, or as he is known to most, ‘Rick’, first came to India in 1976 as North Indian Director of an aid organization called For Those Who Have Less. At the time, he was delivering an airplane containing one hundred and ninety-eight pure bred Australian dairy cows to be used in a cross-breeding program to benefit the poor. Mother Theresa personally assisted Rick in his work and, in turn, Rick donated cows to her children’s home in Dumdum, Calcutta. He also brought twenty-five cows to The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission (GSAM) in Banbasa, a trip that changed his life forever.
Shortly after his arrival, Rick saw a need at the mission for someone with his agricultural training and experience. And so for the next ten years, he worked as the Workshop Superintendent, teaching the orphan children about mechanics and mechanized agriculture. During this time, he married Maxine Strong, daughter of the founder of The GSAM, Rev. Maxton D. Strong. Rick and Maxine eventually fostered seven orphan children before having three children of their own.
After encountering Visa difficulties in 1986, Rick moved his family back to Australia where he ran a farm for a college in Tasmania—but the Mission was never far from his thoughts. In 2004, following the death of Rev. Strong, Rick along with his wife Maxine and son Clifton returned to India to continue the mission’s work. So committed was Rick to this project, he sold his house, cars and business in Australia and donated all that he had to the organization. Today, he continues to be a non-stop force for good around the compound, active in all aspects of mission life, leading by example and working harder than most volunteers half his age.
He became a member of our orphanage Board of Directors in 2004 and is a key person in the growth and development of the project.
- Slogan Strength through wisdom and knowledge
- Project Code IND-017
- Project Manager Clifton Shipway
- Listing categories Education