About Clifton

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.

Diwali 2017

Like a Roman candle lighting up the night sky, the Diwali festival of lights overshadowed everything here this week. Coming and going in a flash we were surrounded with some amazing love and blessings by some beautiful supporters from around the globe. The Shipway boys playing with sparklers. Kamal lighting a sky

Framing The Roof

In an effort to direct water run off, provide a mounting point for solar panels and deflect much of the suns heat, our new Learning Resource Center will be fitted with a tin roof, similar that the one on our Primary School building. The Primary School roof. The metal frames are welded together

The Mela

Banbasa is the name of our local town and around this time each year the Alliance Club of Banbasa hosts its annual town fair (mela). Thousands of people from the community and surrounding villages flock to the center of town to enjoy rides, watch shows, eat food, play games and participate in the famous charity

Rice

With the monsoon now behind us, this week we kicked off our paddy (rice) harvest. Not only do these crops feed us in a literal sense every single day of the week, they also help to provide many essential other items through money generated from the sale of excess goods. Our farm is a

Getting Plastered

Work continues up at our Learning Resource Center with most inside and outside plastering work nearly complete. As the monsoon winds down and the weather continues to cool, we look forward to even more progress in the weeks and months ahead. This project is really coming together! More than half of the exterior is

The Monsoon

Let’s talk a little bit about the monsoon this week. You may wonder why there is so much rain in India in the summer. It works like this. In the warmer months, the sun heats both land and water...but land temperatures rise more quickly. As the land heats up, the air above it expands and

Laying Bricks

Up at our school, big changes have been happening at our Samartha Saxena Memorial Learning Resource Center with new walls appearing and quickly being plastered. Thanks to a secure roof on top, the monsoon can't stop this progress, enabling us to potentially complete all work short of the painting. That we will have to