Welcome to the official website of our orphanage, The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission. We are a farm based orphanage home for destitute children of North India and Nepal. The GSAM is located 350kms to the East of Delhi on the border of Nepal. There are approximately 100 orphan children on the mission. The GSAM is a fully non-profit orphanage run by the Shipway Family that relies on donations and support from volunteers and workers to keep changing the lives of hundreds of Indian children. For information on how you can volunteer or donate to our orphans / mission please take a look at the rest of our website. Volunteering information can be found in the volunteer section.
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 220 people. The mission loves to have volunteer workers to help out, more information can be found the in volunteering sections of our site.
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The school is coming is along really well. This week we pretty much finished all the electrical work. The men still have 8 fans to hang after the painting of the ceilings are completed in the Principals office but the wiring is all ready for that. The plumbing of the toilets is in full swing at the moment with the mistries installing the septic tanks. We are using a relatively new type of system called ‘Bipoo’, developed in Australia. The septic tanks are a rubberized lined and sealed unit which enhances breakdown of the solids and we are setting it up so that there will be basically no contamination of the water table with the waste water. The mistries have now finished all the floor work of the school and have been building the room over the stairwell in the administration area and that is nearly ready for its lintel to be poured.