Staff need Homes
This project for the Maxton Strong School involves 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 have partnered with S.Group (www.sgroup.com.au) for both the design and fundraising side of the project. With their help we have already raised over $220,000 in donations and pledges.
Why this project?
Most of our staff grew up on our orphanage, either as its first teen-aged volunteers back in the 1950s, or as orphan children themselves. In all cases, this dedicated group has spent their entire lives in service to our children, in service to God. The fact that we will soon be able to offer them homes befitting this kind of sacrifice is an answered prayer that will have a huge impact on our organization for generations to come.
It is difficult to describe all that this new building will represent. While new school rooms and new hostel buildings have risen up around our compound (projects that are relatively easy to fund-raise for), our staff have simply continued their work, without complaint, without expectation, living in conditions far below what they deserve. But now as we are finally able to honour them in this way, as we give respect to those who have given so much to our children over the years, we will be creating more passion, more energy for the work being done here.
Construction is already underway; we kicked things off just before the monsoon began. The footings and some of the columns have already been erected and once the floods go down we will continue the work.
It is expected that construction could take as much as 10 months to complete. The July monsoon will significantly slow down what can be done. We would like to have completed construction by mid-2018. It would then take a further 2 months to paint, install electricals, furnish the building and landscape the area ready for occupation.
Who gets the benefit?
The new accommodation will not only be a long-overdue gift for our current volunteer staff and their families, it will also allow us to add additional staff members either at our school or orphanage as the needs arise. Quality housing will help us attract the quality people that will be needed in the years ahead as we continue to expand, moving towards our goal of complete self-sustainability. Local builders and construction crew also will receive full time work until the project is completed.
You could help this project become a reality by making your donation using the EziDebit button below. Thank you for considering getting involved.
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