In the heart of every child is a hunger for home. Not just for food and a place to sleep, but for safety and community. Most importantly: for love. At the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, 350kms east of Delhi in the town of Banbasa, we are much more than a home for unwanted Indian orphans. We are a family, where God’s love guides us all as we grow and expand year after year. Not just an Indian orphanage, we are a nearly self-sustaining organization; a working farm, a vibrant school, receiving no government assistance of any kind.
For more than 70 years, with the help of caring individuals worldwide and a lot of hard work, we wake up each day with the same goal: to bring as much love to as many unwanted children as possible. It’s not always easy, it comes with a long list of challenges to overcome… but we are doing it! Lives are being changed and stories rewritten. We are excited to have you along for the ride.
Our Indian Orphanage
The GSAM was started in 1948 in a remote jungle area of Northern India, on the border of Nepal. The “mission” is now surrounded by many villages and small towns. There are approximately 80 orphan children on the mission, ranging from newborn to young adults. Though it is partially self-supporting thanks to a 60 acre farm, the GSAM relies primarily on help from caring individuals to keep changing the lives of so many orphan children.
The mission is largely run on a communal basis with many of the staff working as volunteers, without pay but the mission helps to meet their needs by providing food and supplies. There are also workers who do work for a salary, though it is very minimal. The whole “family” consists of about 180 people. The mission loves to have volunteer workers to help out, more information can be found on volunteering section of our site.
Our Orphan Children
Please take some time to sit and browse through the rest of our orphanages website, we do our best to update it regularly. There is plenty of information to see that we hope will bring you closer to understanding us, our orphans, our goals and our dreams. If you are looking for volunteering information or volunteer work with our orphans please take a look at our visitors information section.
So take a look around our website; meet the team, see what we do. We would love to get to know you more, learn about how you heard of our organization and also hear any thoughts or ideas that you might have. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, please click the appropriate buttons below. We cannot do this work alone so we’re glad you’re here. Welcome to the family!
Our Orphanage’s Blog
We have a small blog that we update from time to time with pictures, stories and details of the happenings here on the orphanage. Though our posts may be few and far between we hope that they still will help to give you a great understanding of what it is we do here.
Each year during the school summer holidays we run the Summer Games. 40 days of madness, games, activities, bus trips, camping, movies, water fights, competitions and more. This year our games were taken to the next level with international trips to the Suklaphata Wildlife Park in Nepal, camping trips in the jungle, visits to the mountains, a zombie outbreak, fishing and cooking competitions and some insane water sports! The games are now over but the memories will last for ever!
Rosey Barta (Australia)
Wonderful. Way too short because our visit was not planned; the most memorable part of our first visit to India. Rick ‘warned’ us that the kids would get under our skin, and that’s exactly what happened. We loved their instant acceptance of us, and were happy to give them all the attention we could! Full of admiration for the work being done on the mission, and are already planning to return for the fifth time.
John Marshall (USA)
No place affected me more than the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission. During my time, I found the children to be beyond adorable, quick to smile and easily pleased. I have no doubt they gave more love to me and my family than we could ever hope to give to them.
JJ Tan (Singapore)
The days spent at the mission will always stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s not the work that we did that really caused the impact, albeit for a good cause. It was the time we spent there, interacting with the kids, the opportunity to bring laughter, joy and smiles. Have to say thanks to the best hosts one can ever ask for in a foreign land, Clifton & Eugene and their families.
Interested In Volunteering?
See how you can help out here on our orphanage. We don’t charge any fees and can provide you with meals and accommodation! All we expect is that our volunteer work with us to make a lasting change in the lives of these incredible orphan children.
See what our past volunteers have to say, learn about our program, spend some time going through our FAQ and then send in an application today!