- A Work of
gift for the children of New Delhi is our school at Jasola
of this school would not have been possible if it were not
for the help of our partners in the U.S. The children never
could have imagined that such a beautiful, first-rate
facility would have been built for them. We would like to
thank everyone who has contributed and those who continue to
work towards its completion.
opened in March of 2005 and has just begun its second school
year. Currently 475 students attend school at this building
in the 1st through 8th grades. The projected capacity of this
building is 2200 students. We want to help this school not
just to achieve that capacity, but to provide a complete 1st
through 12th grade curriculum and faculty.
Jasola School has been a work of faith from the beginning, and this
faith has been honored. When the Alaknanda slum was demolished, the
families were moved to a relocation colony less than 2 kms from the
The Lord has been faithful in the school’s construction and in
providing for the monthly costs. Many times, it seemed impossible to
pay the bills…but the support always came and often in surprising ways.
Every month’s work has been completed debt-free and paid in full.
There are many opportunities to support this and other TGS projects –
to join partners from around the world in giving Delhi’s slum children
a hope and a future.
In 2002, two
acres of land was purchased in Jasola, a developing area of
Delhi. Plans were made to build a school with all the modern
facilities and space to teach up to 12th standard, and give
an education comparable to Delhi’s most prestigious schools.
Jasola Quick Facts:
2,200 student capacity, growing to 2 shifts and nearly 5,000 children
2. 80,000 square foot facility, is equipped with classrooms, computer and
science labs, and play areas
3. $3.5 million dollars for land, building, equipment and materials
4. The Jasola School has been built debt-free and in full each month.
The Delhi Schools Project was a huge undertaking, but
it is only one part of The Good Samaritans total efforts. To
see more about what The Good Samaritans is doing in the
fields of vocational training, tribal literacy, and disaster
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Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh with
The center at Madanpur Khadar was first established in the
Alaknanda slum in January of 1991 and moved with the
community when it was relocated to Mandanpur Khadar in July
of 2003. At first, the school was held in small rented room
within the slum community. In 2003, TGS was able to raise
enough money to buy land within walking distance to the
relocation colony. Now there is a complex with 8 large
classrooms, offices, and a large, grassy yard where the
children can play.
Khadar is one of two feeder centers for the nearby Jasola
location. Each school day has two sessions, one in the
morning for the very young students, nursery-1st grade and
one in the afternoon for the 2nd-5th grades. Currently,
Madanpur Khadar is our largest center with 500 students. It
is very encouraging that the entry level class is our largest
with 126 students in lower level kindergarten.
The second feeder school for Jasola is located within
another slum community called Dakshinpuri. This slum,
as large as the relocation colony of the
Madanpur Khadar slum, has many more deaths each year due to
hazardous living conditions. Unlike Madanpur Khadar, the
government has not ordered a relocation of this poverty
stricken community. This school was established in September
of 1992 and currently has 303 students enrolled.
Good Samaritans have two school centers located in the farming
communities outside of the city. The government does not provide
public education for those who live in rural areas. Children often
remain uneducated or the families are forced to move to the city
where they will live within the unsanitary and hazardous conditions
of a slum community. In 1994, TGS recognized the need for centers
outside of Delhi and established its first school in Bindapur. In
2003 the number of students was increasing rapidly so the school
moved to a
larger facility in the nearby area of Issapur. The school has 87
students in nursery-2nd grades and continues to grow.
First school in Bindapur
is now a church for the surrounding community. The area around the
building is TGS owned farm land which experiments with and grows
various crops to support the community. >>
Shanti Vihar, established in 1992 is the second center
located within another agricultural community. It is the
smallest of the four centers with only 35 students. The
number of farmers
has decreased significantly in the past decade due to lack of
government assistance and support.