May 10, 2024

Time for a "Spring Refresh"!

Visiting Siloam Boarding Home for Girls (February 2024)

Written by Mary Peterson, LPGM Program Director 

As I begin to take on spring projects around my home, I can’t help but think of the many projects that need attention in the boarding homes in India.

Visiting India in February, I saw firsthand crucial aspects of maintenance and repair that have unfortunately gone unaddressed at the four boarding homes where LPGM-sponsored students live and study: Saron, Siloam, Melpattambakkam, and Kalrayan Hills.

This is simply due to lack of funds.

Our partner, the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC), which owns and operates the boarding homes, and our India-based staff have identified three critical priorities for facility improvements:

Workers painting walls

$10 per gallon

Refresh Rooms with Paint

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Image of toilet in India

$72 per door

Add Toilet Doors

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$2,018 per roof

Repair Leaking Roofs

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Students finished their exams and departed from the boarding homes in April. 

NOW – while students are away on summer break – is the perfect time to repair and refresh the boarding homes!

Visiting students in their village
LPGM staff and board members visit students in their village (February 2024)

You can likely understand the importance of safe shelter, nutritious food, medical care, spiritual enrichment, and access to a quality education, which sponsorships through LPGM cover.

You also surely understand how important it is to invest in the physical space where students live and study.

Today, we are calling on you to help fund urgent repairs and refresh the boarding homes as soon as possible.

Will you join me in tangibly improving the boarding homes now, during their summer break? Please respond by June 15, 2024.

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Spring Refresh Priorities

$10 per gallon
Refresh Rooms with Paint

Where: Melpattambakkam, Saron & Siloam

Why: To create clean and healthy interior spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing.

Goal: $14,320

$72 per door
Add Toilet Doors

Where: Melpattambakkam Girls' Boarding Home

Why: To ensure the private, dignified, and safe use of bathroom facilities for all students.

Goal: 32 doors ($2,304)

$2,018 per roof
Repair Leaking Roofs

Where: Kalrayan Hills & Siloam Boarding Homes

Why: To provide functional and leak-free spaces (dining halls, rec halls, and dorms) for boarding home students.

Goal: 10 roofs ($20,180)

Your gift to LPGM's Building Safe Spaces Fund will be used for the projects listed above, until needs are met. Funds raised beyond these needs will support building/structural needs of LPGM partners in India and other global locations as they are identified.

Great news! The ALC is so invested in the well-being of their boarding students that they will invest in up to 20% of the total cost of the refresh!

Thank you in advance for contributing to this critical initiative.

Mary Peterson joined LPGM in 2012. She manages the Project Education India sponsorship program and collaborates with LPGM's global partners on a variety of other initiatives.  

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