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.