Mission: A collaboration with the salesian sisters of don bosco,india, to rescue, house and educate 700+ orphan girls, the unwanted "street children", and educate , 20,000 boys and girls, the poorest of the poor.
Programs: See schedule o building: two major orphanage projects (2 secunderabad and 4 solabasti) were completed this year, and one orphanage project (5 at kokrajhar) was launched and will be completed in late 2015. Our orphanage at secunderabad has the capacity for 150 girls. Our girls now sleep in a bed something most of them have never experienced before. They have study rooms, computers; in a sanitary kitchen they help prepare healthy food. And we will have room for some 80 girls in addition. At solabasti, in assam, in the northeast of india, we completed construction of an orphanage/hostel/training centre that will transform the life of this poor tea-growing village. There, women earn 1. 50 per day, picking 50 pounds of tea and their daughters would have faced a similar future. Now, orphaned and neglected girls have a home and villagers the opportunity to learn skills that will lift them out of poverty. In kokrajhar, also in assam, ethnic fighting and extreme poverty have been especially hard on girls they are the most vulnerable. Some are orphaned, others abandoned, others suffer extreme neglect. We have gathered them into a temporary shelter and have begun to build them a new home. We will have room for 150+ girls. Education: this is the third year for our exciting new program, the thinking schools academy. Led by dr. David paige of bellarmine university in louisville, the objective is to teach methods to teachers so that they might encourage higher level thinking in their instruction. Too much of indian education is based around memorization. With thinking schools, we are preparing our indian students to be problem solvers, to think outside the box, to be creative and innovative. We held two education summits in summer, 2014 that extended thinking schools to a total of 18 schools. We are demonstrating that it can be the model for education throughout india and in other developing countries. Health and wellness: water is critical and safe drinking water essentialso we drilled wells, built storage tanks this year secured still more grants to purchase solar- powered water purification units and install reverse osmosis units so that all our 32 sites in the bangalore province have clean water. We procured grants to fund critically needed medical procedures. We provided funds for purchase of nutritious brown rice, fruits and vegetable to supplement diets