Bethany Girls Home Expansion
Construction (Finally) Under Way
After two years of waiting and praying, while Satan tried his best to stop the project, the construction is about to begin. The project will require three phases to complete.
Phase One provides living quarters on campus for Prem & Kumari who now live 25 miles away in a rented house. You may remember they sold their home more than 10 years ago to build Bethany. Phase One is fully-funded and expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
Phase Two will more than double the space for each girl and double the occupancy to 100.
New Addition & New Direction for TPG School
During 2016, a third floor was added to the TPG High School building to house an expanded computer lab. This addition was made possible by a special gift from a long-time donor and friend of IDN. This new lab will continue to serve the students and staff at the school, but will also provide an additional 10 computers for use in teaching basic computer skills to adults in the community for a fee. This income will help support the operation of the school in accordance with a plan now in place to make the school self-supporting within 10 years. The Board of Directors and the administration of the School have accepted this challenge. They are planning other innovative projects and options to reach this goal. This is a bold step toward faith. Please pray for them as they launch out on a venture which will require God’s guidance and help.
2016 was a good year for water!
Through the support of our partners and donors, IDN drilled 15 new borewells in 2016 bringing the total number of wells to 22, providing safe, clean water to hundreds of people who did not have access to safe drinking water. We are planning 25 new wells in 2017. More than 100 applications from churches in villages with no source of safe water are on file for borewells.
The 2011 India census identified 640,000 villages of 500 to 10,000 people. That is 833 million people. Most of them have no source of safe water. IDN is investigating the possible option of providing water filter systems for families where a water well is not yet possible. More info to come later.