Staff need Homes
This project of the Maxton Strong School envisages the construction of a double story housing unit containing 6 homes: two 4-bedroom units and four 2-bedroom units. This additional accommodation is an essential component for the continued expansion of our school & orphanage.
We are blessed to be partnering with S.Group for both the design and fundraising side of the project. S.Group will be launching a crowdfunding campaign before the end of March and will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar, which is wonderful. As a result we would like to start construction almost immediately in mid-April.
It is expected that construction could take as much as 10 months to be completed – as the July monsoon will significantly slow down what can be done. We would like to have completed construction by February 2018. It would then take a further 2 months to paint, install electricals, furnish the building and landscape the area ready for occupation. Our hope is to have our families moving in by April 2018.
Step by Step
Here is a rough outline of the steps we will need to take for the project to move forward without any hiccoughs, but even then, you never know.
- Secure and transfer funding to India
- Secure permission to remove trees from site
- Construct foundation
- Secure permission for soil fill
- Construct the second story
- Install electricals and fittings for both floors
- Paint interior and exterior
- Landscape around building
Who gets the benefit?
The benefits of this project will be felt directly by the six staff families who take up residence. Indirectly some 650 students will be affected as the new accommodation will allow us to employ more staff for our school and orphanage. Local builders and construction crew also will receive full time work until the project is completed.
Our hope is to have the entire project completed at the latest by April 2018, but we must start now – in April 2017. Given problems that we have faced in the past we are expecting to have the first floor completed by October 2017 and the second by February 2018.
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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 to the building of suitable accommodation for staff members, 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-018
- Project Manager Clifton Shipway
- Listing categories Education