High Praise

Let me start by saying, we don’t do what we do for any type of recognition… but it sure does feel nice when we get some.

We mentioned a few months ago in this blog post that we had received a surprise visit from three members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). During the hours that the team spent here on our mission they inspected our books, met with our Board, spoke to our staff, spent time with our children and walked around our grounds checking hostels, our laundry, dairy, dining room, workshops, kindergarten, school and more. It was actually a little scary for us, we didn’t know what to expect. There were a lot of eyes on us. We like to think that we are doing things well, that our children have a beautiful home to live in… but who knows what outsiders might think.

Distinguished guest Justice D Murugesan, the highest ranking official ever to visit our Mission

Distinguished guest Justice Shri D. Murugesan, the highest ranking official ever to visit our Mission

Upon conclusion of their inspection one of the team members said to us “I’ve been touring India, visiting orphanages for forty years and this is the best I’ve ever seen” -talk about high praise, we were in tears.

This week we had another wonderful encouragement from the NHRC, a report of their time here on our orphanage has been released. Sent to many of the local and state level government offices it is a huge encouragement for us. In the report, Justice Shri D. Murugesan said that our orphanage “serves as an example for other NGOs running orphanages/children’s homes” -wow! Little us? Wow.

You can download a full copy of the report here:

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What a wonderful encouragement to all of us here, as I said before… we don’t do it for the praise, but it sure is nice. Thank you to all of you who stand with us each day to make this place what it is, to our staff who love tirelessly, work hard and serve fiercely… we are so proud of you all. It is not always easy, but we are making a difference, lives are being changed and children are being loved the way they deserve to be.


About the Author:

Clifton is the grandson of Maxton D. Strong the founder of The GSAM. In 2004 at 19 years old he moved out from Australia to India with his parents to continue on his grandfathers work. Today he is working as the Deputy Director of the orphanage and the Chairman of the Maxton Strong School. He is married to Priscilla, a former child of the mission and together they have 3 sons.


  1. Rebecca Robinson November 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    This makes me so so happy, Clifton! I know this honor is very well-deserved and I’m so pleased that you are getting the recognition that you have earned through your dedication and hard work. It would be extra wonderful if The Farm could be a model for other orphanages in India and elsewhere! What a complete blessing!!

    • Clifton December 1, 2016 at 2:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Rebecca, you are a part of our family too let’s not forget! Ikindar would not be the same without the love that he receives from his sponsor! 🙂

  2. Maureen Foley November 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to you all. Well deserved praise. Never seen such a happier bunch of children and staff. Love our time with you all.
    Have a wonderfull Christmas. Maureen and Gary Foley.

    • Clifton December 1, 2016 at 2:56 am - Reply

      Thanks so much Maureen. We hope you and Gary also have a brilliant Christmas! Today is the first of December which means that each one of us woke up this morning to Christmas carols! It really feels like the season is here! 🙂

  3. Rosalie Groote November 30, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    I look forward each Sunday to read your weekly updates. It is always uplifting to me to hear of the goings on, but sorrowful when I read of matters of the heart. Like those who are unwell or the death of a beloved cow which saddened the lady who cares for each of the animals.
    I pray for your Mission, so it’s helpful when I read of matters that I can bring before the Lord.
    I’m so,pleased for the accolades bestowed upon your Mission.

    • Clifton December 1, 2016 at 2:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Rosalie, we so appreciate your prayers. It is always great to hear from people who enjoy reading our newsletters. We just love the feedback -it is really encouraging to know that our words are at least read by someone! 🙂

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