You know the song; ‘Smile and the World Smiles with you’. My wife is the living embodiment, of the wonderful, French saying, ‘Joie de vivre’.
Two of her greatest passions are smiling and children.
One day she was browsing the web, when she came across a web site, www.indianorphanage.com. She was so touched by the story of this incredible orphanage, that she made a donation. Clifton Shipway, the inspirational, head of the orphanage, emailed his personal thanks which was very kind, seeing how busy he must be.
The story of this orphanage is worth telling.
The GSAM was started in 1948 in a remote jungle area of Northern India, on the border of Nepal. The “mission” is now surrounded by many villages and small towns. There are approximately 100 orphan children on the mission, ranging from newborn to young adults.
Though it is partially self-supporting, thanks to a 60 acre farm, the GSAM relies primarily on help from caring individuals to keep changing the lives of so many orphan children.
The mission is largely run on a communal basis, with many of the staff, working as volunteers, without pay.
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.
If you want to help in some way, more information, can be found on www.indianorphanage.com.
In the technological, 21st Century, 1 billion people, live on less than a £1 per day. Many of them are children. Thousands of children die every day, due to neglect, disease and starvation. Most of these diseases and starvation can be eradicated very easily.
If you do have time to look at the web site, you will notice that nearly everyone is smiling. Smiling is free, contagious and joyous, for the donor and the recipient.
Smile and the world really will smile with you. Give and thou shall receive.
My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.