Our calling is to take initiatives for needy and marginalized
in India and restore them to confident living.

Luke 18:16 is our guide, “Let the little children come to Me,
and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Our History

1989 Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh answers the knock on her door of a begging child. God speaks to her and tells her to feed, teach and love him. One week later the boy returns with 25 children wanting to attend the “school”.
1990 The mission has a humble beginning in a home garage with 100 students.
1991 School grows to hold 600 children in four rooms of a slum toilet complex.
1998 Tourists from the U.S. unexpectedly visited the school and their hearts were changed forever.
2004 FOTGS was incorporated as a U.S. non-profit to fund and grow the school; first Director was hired.
2005 With involvement from U.S. partners, a new, first-rate facility was completed.
2007 Approval granted by the government of India that allows graduates to apply to any college or institution of their choosing.
2008 Fourth school year commenced in the new facility with 850 students.
2011 First graduating class is sent out to pursue college or a career.
2016 12th school year begins with 2000 students enrolled. 350 children graduated to become the change-makers of India.

Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh

Founder and Director of The Good Samaritan Schools

In 1989, she was a Christian homemaker and college professor with a Doctorate in Linguistics in northern India. Like all Indians she saw poverty in the streets everyday of her life. One fateful day, God decided to use her to change hearts of children in a slum of 25,000 people across from her apartment. After teaching more than 100 children from her home, Ananthi received permission to establish a school within the “toilet complex” of the Alakananda slum in 1991. By 1998, she was teaching more than 600 children of all ages within the slum community with the help of 18 volunteer teachers. With a passion for these children, Ananthi manages a staff of over 150 in New Delhi, India. The children and families of the communities call her “Mummy-ji” which in Hindi means “honored mother”.


Our Mission

To open the hearts of India’s children by providing free education and care through the support of committed partners.

Values

Christ-like Compassion, Faith, Education, Connectedness, Transparency

Strategy

Provide free education, nutrition and medical care to the impoverished children of India. Engage partners in relationship with the children through prayer, giving and traveling to India to experience one-on-one connection and life change.


Our Board

Jess Correll

Jess Correll - Chairman

Founder and chairman of First Southern Bancorp, Inc.
Stanford, KY

Preston Correll

Preston Correll

Local Food Producer
Stanford, KY

Ananthi Jebasingh

Ananthi Jebasingh

Founder and Director of The Good Samaritan Schools
New Delhi, India

Paul Lerwick

Paul Lerwick

Retired Entrepreneur
Asheville, NC

Andy Melvin

Andy Melvin

Creative
Denton, TX

Laura Marie Thompson

Laura Marie Thompson

Former Executive Director
Lexington, KY


Our Staff

Leslie Littrell

Leslie Littrell

Program Coordinator

Leslie has been involved with the Good Samaritan School for over 16 years. Serving with women in her church in a fundraising event called Lil' Lambs Closet, the women made the first contribution to the building fund of the Good Samaritan School. As a representative of Lil' Lambs, Leslie traveled to India for the Grand Opening Celebration in 2005. Seeing the poverty of the children in the slums and the amazing opportunity of the GSS, she returned home passionate about the work of the school and began personally sponsoring children. In 2016, Leslie became a volunteer for Friends of the Good Samaritans focusing on child sponsorship. Currently, she is involved in the development and implementation of our children's program, Sadie Shares. This program gives elementary aged students in the U.S. an opportunity to learn about poverty in India and ways they can help.


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Maggie Elliott

Maggie Elliott

Sponsorship Coordinator

A passion for education, cultural awareness, and child advocacy led Maggie to join the Friends of the Good Samaritans in early 2022 as Sponsorship Coordinator. Her background is in education, both public and as a home-educator to her three children. She previously taught in inner city public schools, and she worked as a tutor both privately and in after-school programs serving at-risk youth. Having recently returned from serving as a cross-cultural worker in Tbilisi, Georgia, Maggie now works closely with the Good Samaritan School’s sponsorship team in India to encourage and support communications between children in India and their sponsors in the United States and abroad.


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Shelli Wells

Shelli Wells

Executive Director

As an educator and administrator for over 15 years, Shelli has advocated for high-quality, God-honoring education both within her own home and in various organizations. Her passion for education combined with a desire to utilize her administrative giftings for Kingdom impact led her to join Friends of the Good Samaritans in 2022. Shelli was first introduced to the Good Samaritan School over 14 years ago as the director of a Kentucky school group which raised money to sponsor a child from India. Since then, she has kept abreast of the ministry through personal sponsorship, attendance at sponsorship events, participation in the prayer group, and her friendship with Leslie Littrell. She considers it a great honor to partner with GSS and the FotGS team to advocate for the impoverished children of India and raise support in the U.S. to transform the lives of Indian children and their communities through the gift of education.


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Cell: 859-230-7230

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