Reintroducing Deena, Jacob and their growing family. Two of their children were married in 2012, and two brand new granddaughters have arrived to bless them all.
The women of the clan: Sandy, Doreen, Jacquie, Lori & the Mama Lois.
At age 90, Lois is active in supporting the Fold, with cards, letters, and gifts. She is known as Grandmother Lois to the children who celebrate her birthday with their Grandmother Martha's each year. (Martha did not know her birth date, so chose to share it with Lois.
It was the family in India that began caring for the lost ones. It was a family in America that connected with this family to unite the two into the present day organizations.
When the site in India needed a new name for their charitable organization, they asked us in the US for suggestions. Considered the founder, Lois (pictured below) thought the suggested name was Murphy House and could not understand it...she replied, call it the Shepherd's Fold. And so it was named.
It is important to note that no one in either family has access to the funds for the Fold in India..
The ultimate goal of both the Fold USA and India to enable the Fold India to become self-sustaining. Already the site is being planted with fruit trees, vegetables and other types of edibles. Chickens are being raised and are providing eggs and meat. (Most of those in India do not eat beef in respect for the Hindu ideology.)
The dream is to acquire a bit more land (and there is land adjacent to the orphan site), on which to raise some water buffalo. These buffalo provide milk for most Indians, and the government purchases the milk daily for delivery. It is a great idea and would work well in this situation.