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New foundation to support mission in India
WARMINSTER, Pa. (4/27/11)--Patrick Durkin, vice president of information technology at Freedom CU, Warminster, Pa., is on the board of directors for a new charitable foundation to support the Good Shepherd Mission in Puttur, India. Freedom CU is assisting the foundation.
Click to view larger imagePatrick Durkin, vice president of information technology at Freedom CU, Warminster, Pa., fills syringes at a medical camp at the Good Shepherd Mission on his recent trip to India (Photo provided by Freedom CU).
The foundation’s creation was inspired by a trip to India in February, where Durkin and 10 other individuals worked at the Good Shepherd Mission orphanage and free medical camps. During the nine-day trip, Durkin filled syringes for vaccinations and interacted with the children of the orphanage. I brought 300 bags of M&Ms for the orphans; we sponsored a meal and they got ice cream for the first time,” Durkin said. The foundation will wire donations through a Freedom CU account to the Good Shepherd Mission. Administrative fees will be covered by the foundation and all money collected from donations will go directly to support the orphanage and free medical camps. Durkin’s personal goal is also to purchase a new car for the group, because its current vehicle was in poor condition. The foundation also sponsors nursing students for US$300, who can be hired for the medical camps. The Good Shepherd Mission is without electricity after experiencing a debilitating storm this month. Many of the buildings have been damaged or destroyed. Henry Bakshak and his wife Viola began the Good Shepherd Mission when they brought six orphan boys into their home in 1978. Today, the orphanage supports about 150 children at two locations and medical camps that provide free medical and dental care for the children and local residents. Durkin says of Bakshak: “He does all of this on a shoestring budget, almost no money at all. We’re starting a new foundation, so we can get some real money for this place.”


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