Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Children's School and Home in India

The Ministry.  STEP exists to impact people (Society) with the gospel (Transformation), knowledge (Education) and hope for social mobility (Progress).

The Need.  Government schools are located in larger centres and in poorer states, even when they exist they often provide very poor quality of education.  The poor are unable to afford school fees or the transportation costs when they live in remote villages.  Compounding the issue is if a family is from a lower caste as they are highly discriminated against.

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The Solution.  STEP seeks to break down class and economic barriers to education and opportunity.  Their goal is to positively touch the lives of destitute children and their families regardless of their income or social standing…and regardless is the child is a boy or a girl.  In fact, their website explicitly states that special consideration will be given to girls and those from persecuted groups due to their vulnerability.  Children who attend this school from families with more finances will subsidize children from poor families through school scholarships.

eMi Involvement.  Our team of engineers and architects will be designing a K-7 school as well as a residence for 100 children who’s families live too far away and who do not have daily transportation options.  No status (high or low caste) will be maintained and children of any caste will learn and live together.

To read more about this eMi project click here.  To visit the STEP website click here.

Please keep us in prayer as we travel in the air and on the ground and also remember all team member families as we are away for this project.  Thank you to all our supporters and friends who make it possible for me to do this work.