The kids are loving this new playground at the Elizabeth Barrie School! Huge thanks to all who helped make this incredible space possible!

The addition of a second bus makes the Elizabeth Barrie School attractive and available to even more area students than before.  Tuition paying students help to further the sustainability of both the Elizabeth Barrie School and the Christiana Children’s Home.

Thanks to some generous supporters, the Children’s Home was able to purchase a very gently – used vehicle! The previous van “died”, so this new ride is much needed and has been very gratefully received. It will be used to provide safe transportation for the many daily errands that are done to meet the ongoing needs of the Children’s Home and the School. We thank God for His amazing faithfulness!

The Yanadi Tribe is located on the outskirts of Bapatla and is comprised of people known as “untouchables” in the Indian society. Because of their social caste these villagers are quite poor, have low literacy levels, and limited social and economic opportunities. As a result, their children grow up in this same situation, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.

A daycare center, which will help to provide the young children with nutritious food, education, and hope for a brighter future, was recently started in the Yandi colony as a joint effort of the staffs of both the Christiana Children’s Home and the Elizabeth Barrie School.

 

As the new compound wall took shape, an idea to build-in spaces for 5 small commercial shops was born and the work is nearly complete! The rent received from these shops will be a source of income for the School.

Additionally, a second story with 2 large rooms was added above the shops. These will be used as a computer lab for the school and a counseling area.

Inside the new wall, a shaded eating and play area is being constructed, as well, which will be a great place for the children to escape the sun for a bit!

It’s game time! If there’s one thing that children love, it’s games. New kabaddi and volleyball courts were recently installed at the Elizabeth Barrie School and were put to immediate use!

An outdoor pavilion was recently completed at the Elizabeth Barrie School. This area will offer a shaded space for children to eat their lunch, as well as playing games!

The new Volleyball and Kabaddi courts and a place for jumping rope are a big hit!

At long last, in early November 2022, a Medical Team was once again able to visit the Christiana Children’s Home and Elizabeth Barrie School to perform physicals on all of the children.  The previous medical trips were in 2018 and 2019, and the planned subsequent trips had unfortunately been prevented due to COVID concerns in 2020 and 2021.

A team of 11, including one physician, a nurse practitioner, and two nurses were kept busy for the 10-day trip.          Along with doing physicals for nearly 300 children, a 1-day medical camp was set up in a nearby colony that is often overlooked, and 117 people were given much needed medical attention.

Also included on the team were 5 members of the Friends of Children’s Village Board and 2 videographers. It was heartening to see, first-hand, how well the children are faring, and to see the School thriving.

 

After the addition of six classrooms, two bathrooms, relocation of the school offices, and equipping of additional science labs, the Elizabeth Barrie School is now prepared to offer Grade 11 for the children from the Christiana Children’s Home, as well as for tuition-paying students from the community! Pending the receipt of the appropriate governmental permits, new classes for Grade 11 will be offered for the next school year (June 2022).
Classes currently offered are Pre-K through 10th Grade. The addition of the 11th Grade will help prepare students for their college education. The government of India is encouraging a shift to a multidisciplinary system that facilitates greater critical thinking and flexibility in the students’ thought processes, and plans are in place to implement this approach at the EB School.

A great benefit for each student attending EB School is that all classes are taught in English, which provides the children a broader range of options as they pursue higher-level education and enter the job market. Another benefit for students from the Christiana Children’s Home is that they will now not have to travel to a different school after completing the 10th grade, they can stay in the home and attend EB School.

The goal for the EB School is to attract more and more tuition-paying students, which will make the school more self-sustaining. A school bus was recently purchased in order to give the school a broader radius from which to draw students. This bus, along with the addition of the 11th Grade, will attract many new students and will help to make EB School locally sustainable.

Our year-end Facebook Fundraiser brought in more than $7,000 to pay for new school uniforms for each child. Despite COVID the children, thankfully, keep growing! Thank you to all who gave so generously.