About Joybells School

Joybells is an orphan school that was established in the late 1990s by the retired Indian Colonel SS and his wife Joy. Principal SS, 76, graduated from the University of Cambridge, and was a senior officer of the Indian Army. Forty years ago, when he led troops through the primitive tribes of northern India, the sights before him gave him great dismay. He saw many abandoned, malnourished, un-clothed children weeping. All this is because there is not enough food in the tribe for everyone, let alone education. To such, he vowed to help these children and others that are in similar life circumstances.
After retiring, SS, with the encouragement of his wife Joy, returned to the tribe and brought the poor children one by one to their newly developed Orphan school. SS and Joy formally established the Joybells Orphan School in April 2003.
Starting from just a small open space, SS and Joy built a beautiful campus over the years. The laid bricks and tiles every day, and the children slowly moved into the two floor building and received their own beds. SS and Jay also built their own farms, and lived a simple, happy life.
Although SS and Joy are working very hard to maintain operations, the area’s economy is lagging, and access to quality teachers is scarce. As the children are growing older, education is becoming a real problem. They urgently need volunteer teachers. Since 2015, we have volunteered every year with the Northfield Mount Hermon School to teach these children.
Currently, there are 25 children in the school. The youngest is in the second grade, and the oldest is in the tenth grade. Some children have been orphans from childhood, and others never knew who their father was. But at Joybells, the children are very fortunate to have a big family who love and support each other.

Our Journey at Joybells

2015

We led 10 outstanding students in the IECG Premiere Program and established a close relationship with Joybells for the first time.

2016

Based on the teaching experience in 2015, we guided two students in the IECG Premiere Program, Anthony and Michael (now studying at the University of California at Berkeley and Wake Forest University) to build a distance learning platform for Joybells to continuously guide children's learning.

2017

In addition to education, the phenomenon of malnutrition among children has become a matter of great concern to our volunteers. Therefore, we guided Jason and Prairie to launch the Drip Plan. At the same time, with the help of a professor of Nutrition at Wake Forest University, the two students provided a viable nutritional improvement program for the Joybells children.

2018

In addition to summer vacation, we increased the winter vacation to teach the Joybells children. Our summer team has expanded into three groups, each with about 10-16 people. Therefore, we are able to continuously and effectively help the Joybells children learn more systematically. At the same time, we are negotiating with a number of high schools in China and the United States to help more Joybells children to exchange and study at various schools, and eventually apply for a full scholarship to the university.

Volunteer Projects

  • Joybells Online Learning Platform

    From 2015 to 2017, two students from the IECG Premiere Program, Michael and Anthony (now studying at Wake Forest University and the University of California at Berkeley, respectively) insisted on going to India with other students during the summer vacation. In the process of teaching, the lack of resources and the children's desire to learn knowledge triggered their thinking to solve this predicament by building an online teaching platform for the Joybells School.

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  • Joybells Drip Plan

    In addition to a lack of education, malnutrition among the children has become a matter of great concern to our volunteers. Therefore, we guided Jason and Prairie to launch the Drip Plan. At the same time, with the help of Professor of Nutrition at Wake Forest University, the two students finally provided a viable nutritional improvement program for Joybells' children.

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