The local area is slowly recovering from the devastating effects of the second wave of Covid-19. All our members over the age of 18 have received at least their first dose of the vaccine and all should receive their second doses by mid-September. Good news… we still have no COVID-19 infections within our campus and infection rates in our area are low!
Employment levels are on the rise again. Schools reopened last week and grades 6-10 are offline while other classes continue online. The children from the orphanage continue their daily classes with inhouse teachers in their dining room to reduce the risk of infections.
Home life at the farm
Our farm and children are all doing well with our days spent together as a family while we shelter in place. Many of our children and staff miss friends, holidays and other such luxuries that are still considered a high risk. To boost morale we are focusing on building our community relationships between our children and staff. This includes some fun activities such as impromptu water-fights.
Other activities include successfully growing sugar cane for the first time in many years and the renovation of the Administration building with a pleasing result.
Monsoon rains have brought out a HUGE number of snakes this year with dozens of deadly snakes caught on the property in the last three months. Clifton has been the chief snake catcher for many years and has not seen these number before.
How can you help?
58 orphanage children, 10 staff children, 70 staff members and 6 ex-orphanage children (now adults) returned during the COVID-19 lockdown are now living/studying on our property. In addition, 11 agricultural labourers and over 700 students are studying both online and at school. 19 of our children are now attending colleges around the state through our Mission University program. These students are all attending top-tier institutions which is truly amazing. Funds are required to continue supporting these beneficiaries.
While there has been some difficulty accessing monies from overseas over the past 3 months, local Indian donors have been the focus to boast funds for this project. It is anticipated that the issues with accessing overseas funds will soon be resolved.
Thank you to all who have generously supported us in the past. If you wish to help with this project, just click on the “Donate to this Project” button on the right sidebar.