The game plan for now is to start classes for the slum kids in March. Some of the slum kids already go to school. Others do not want to go to school. But others, due to family responsibilities are unable to attend school. The plan is to offer basic classes for those who want to learn, but can’t do to family obligations.
Then once that is established and running, in June or July, we will start a nursery school for main stream children, which will be the beginning of the school that will be affiliated with the orphanage. As you know, the goal is to start a world class school that will eventually fund all of the other projects of The Orphanage Project.
The past couple of days have been full of drama. We found out that Chotu not only stole tens of thousands of rupees worth of our things and sold them, but he also handed out our things to the other workers (we have some repairs going on) in the house. So, it became a whole web of lies and people involved. Because Chotu showed no remorse and refused to admit his mistake, we had to get the police involved to teach him a lesson. Chotu spent the day at the police station and the police made continuous rounds of our home as they interrogated all of the workers in our home. In the end we barely got any of our things back, Chotu got sent back to his village, and the police officer asked for the suitcase Chotu had stolen and 200 rupees (a bribe). I have heard of corruption in India…but it was disillusioning to see it first hand.
Scripture for the Day:
He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. Deuteronomy 32:4.