Three Graduates with Bright Futures

Thanks for Changing Lives

The 571 2017 graduates from Good Shepherd Schools are spending the summer preparing for the next chapter of their lives, and for most of them, that means furthering their education.

Each graduate represents a unique story, a family changed, a destiny altered, and a future that is bright. We thought you might like to meet three of these up-and-coming world changers.

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Chandra was more fortunate than many Dalit young men. He was able to study from lower kindergarten all the way through Grade 10 (US high school equivalency) at his Good Shepherd School. He comes from an extremely poor and marginalized ancestral group and his parents struggled to provide for the family’s daily needs. But the school was able to assist in this as well. Chandra’s father was hired by the school to run errands and this substantially increased the family’s standard of living. Chandra and his parents are grateful for the support from DFN. They say that without it, Chandra would be facing a much more difficult future. Although Chandra is unsure of his long-term career plans, he will enter college this fall. He said, “I have big dreams, and I know continuing my education is the best way to achieve them. Thank you for helping me get this far in my studies. Please pray for me as I decide what is next for me.”

 

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Ritu is a spitfire and an absolutely brilliant student. Her teachers said, “She was at the top of her class from kindergarten all the way through Grade 10!” Like nearly all students in Good Shepherd Schools, Ritu comes from a marginalized group living in extreme poverty. Her determination to succeed never wavered though. She loves technology and plans to study mathematics and physical science in college. Without the quality education she received at her Good Shepherd School, Ritu’s future would likely look very different. Ritu says, “I know I am so fortunate to have had the guidance and support from my parents, my teachers, and everyone who contributes to the school financially. I just want to say thank you for helping make my dreams come true. I will work hard in my future studies so that I can make a difference to others.”

 

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Harshita loves people. And she is one of the rare few who enjoys public speaking. Of all the students in her school, she was selected to present from the stage during school programs. She even won an opportunity to be a host on an FM radio station. Now, Harshita plans to study communications in college so she can further develop her talent. “I am thankful for the opportunity to represent Good Shepherd Schools in the next phase of my education. Thank you so much for supporting the schools so that I was able to graduate. Please pray for me and my family!”

These three amazing young people are representative of the caliber of the class of 2017. Like young people everywhere, they are full of life, optimism, energy, and hope for the future. Thanks for making it possible for them to achieve the milestone of high school graduation!

There are many other children just like these kids who still need your help.
You can sponsor a child for just $33 per month or give a one-time or recurring gift.

Thanks for being a part of changing lives. Your investment creates a legacy!

Free To Be … A Student

Although summer is just beginning here in the United States, in India it’s back to school time.

Students in the 107 Good Shepherd Schools DFN supports are almost ready for a brand new year. Backpacks are being filled, uniforms are being purchased, and teachers are preparing to have full classrooms once again.

Jassica is 11 years of age.

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She is one of those 26,000 students in India who are ready for the new year. Wide-eyed with curiosity, interested in art and folk dancing, she is thankful to be in school again this year. It wasn’t that long ago when she thought she might never be able to go back.

You see, Jassica’s mother became overwhelmed with the difficulties of living in extreme poverty and decided she would leave her family, abandoning Jassica’s father and siblings. It’s a sad story, but a common one. Often when a parent decides to leave the family, the older children must go to work to help supplement the family income.

Although Jassica’s father is uneducated, fortunately he believes in the power of education, the freedom it offers.

So in the midst of his grief, he packed up his little family and moved into his mother’s home. Each day he journeys to the village square and seeks that day’s work. If he finds work at all, it’s usually lifting and loading cargo onto trucks for transport. It’s exhausting and physically demanding work, and the wages are very low.

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He’s satisfied though. He knows his own sacrifice means his girls can have a brighter future. He’s grateful to his mother for caring for the girls while he works. And he’s grateful to the Good Shepherd School in his area.

Jassica’s life could have been very different. Instead of preparing to go back to school this year, she could be working in a factory, or cleaning toilets in someone’s home. She could have been picking vegetables alongside her aunt. She could have been carrying rocks in a quarry.

Instead, she’s filling her backpack. And her mind.

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Thanks to supporters of Good Shepherd Schools through Dalit Freedom Network, Jassica is free to be exactly what she should be at this time in her life. She is free to be a student.

Would you consider helping another deserving child be free?

Please consider giving a one-time or recurring gift to DFN’s “Free To Be” initiative which helps facilitate all the ongoing freedom initiatives for the Dalits in India. Or sponsor an individual child. There are many children just like Jassica. Children who need you.

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