A tribute to former Teachers & Headmaster!
OGB Dr. Barbara Ross, from the US, is the daughter of Cynthia and Donald Ross who were teachers and a Headmaster at the Homes. She saw GO's 'Adopt a Classroom' appeal and, along with family and friends, adopted Class X and funded its refurbishment. Following its refurbishment, she wrote "Senior Classroom No. 10 was rebuilt in memory of my Mum Cynthia, and Dad Donald, as they were dedicated teachers at the school during the 40's and 50's. It was an important period in their lives...they met there and my older brother and I were born there".
GO thanks Barbara, her family and friends for their support of the Homes and in particular for generously funding the refurbishment of Class X.
GO Management Committee.
Who is on the Committee? A list and profiles of the Management Team, as at February 2023, can be found on the About Us page.
GO Projects currently ongoing / planned for 2023.
GO Secretary Dawn Van Steenseel has provided the following list of projects, currently agreed for 2023. The projects will be overseen by OGB, GO & BOM Committee Member, Pauline Singh (nee Brooks). The Homes, in its 123rd. year, has ageing infrastructure that needs refurbishment and continuous maintenance. We are grateful for your generous donations which allows GO to undertake these important projects and seek your continued financial support in 2023.
GO Chairman releases his third book!
"My memoir about the Homes and growing up in 1986 Kalimpong during the Gorkhaland agitation debuts at No 1 globally on the Amazon International site! This is huge for a small boy from Kalimpong who decided to tell the story of his school days to the world!"
- Anirban Bhattacharyya.
The Hills Are Burning can be bought from Amazon.
GO Global OGB Report 2022.
A seasonal message from GO Chairman Anirban Bhattacharyya can be viewed in the video above. GO would like to thank all its Members and Friends of the Homes for their continued support of GO and its commitment to ensuring the legacy of Graham at the Homes. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2023
Global OGB Association (GO)
GO is an independent voluntary body managed by former students of Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong, India.
GO is about reconnecting alumni and facilitating a constructive working relationship with the School’s Board of Management, the School Administration and various Global Organizations to improve and safeguard the long term future of the Homes.
GO seeks to work closely with its Membership to raise funds, which would be used under GO’s Supervision to help improve and preserve the heritage of the Homes.
Restoration and renovation projects have been conducted by GO members, with OGB’s from across the years coming forward to assist both financially and physically.
GO encourages the millennium generation of OGBs to actively support the Homes, and take over the baton from the Senior OGBs, to ensure the continuity of the legacy of its founder Dr. J.A. Graham.
GO promotes itself as a secure and robust organization. It can be entrusted to receive funds and legacies in support of the Homes, whilst maintaining complete transparency.
The Association is open to all former students, teachers, staff of Dr. Graham’s Homes.
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GO Bike Fundraiser Event Success!
The bike event, a collaboration of GO and the UK DGH Committee, was successfully concluded in September with all eight riders arriving at the Homes safely ..... and physically intact! The multi national team raised some US$ 19k riding over a mountainous terrain in the Himalayan foothills awash with monsoon hit landslides. The ride began in the plains of Siliguri and peaked at a height of 8,000 ft in Pedong and finally headed down to Kalimpong, a mere 4500 ft. above sea level! Some 250+ friends sponsored the event and the funds raised will be allocated to building renovations and to sponsorship of new children at the Homes. Organised by OGB and GO Management Team member Tenzing Norsang (From Minnesota, US), the 240 miles over 4 days of riding took in some breathtaking and spectacular views of the Himalayas. GO thanks Tenzing and all the riders and supporters of the Bike Ride for their commitment and support of Dr. Graham's Homes.
GO recommences refurbishment of Homes Cottages.
With the help of generous donors and support from the Homes Management, including the BOM, GO was able to refurbish 22 Classrooms in 2021/22. The School is now in full operation and all children are enjoying learning in a safe and modern classroom environment.
GO will now return to improving some of the cottages, many over a century old, that will require considerable funding to refurbish and modernise. Once again, we appeal to the OGBS and Friends of the Homes to support GO in this venture to improve the welfare of the Homes kids and donate generously. For more information and how to donate please click here.
Completion of the Phase 1 & 2 "Adopt a Classroom" Project.
Almost a year ago, GO launched an appeal to fund the "Adopt A Classroom" Project to refurbish classrooms in the junior and middle school (Queen Mary & Hornell Blocks). A total sum of ca 53 lacs (US $66k) was raised. A year later, GO is pleased to announce the completion of the refurbishment of 22 classrooms.
GO would like to thank the many OGBs and Friends of Dr Graham's Homes for their very generous donations and support, which have allowed the Homes children to return to safer, brighter and healthier classrooms. Please click here for a statement from the GO Management following the completion of the project.
Beating the drum for the Homes!
The school Band will be marching on Independence Day with some new drums purchased by GO following an appeal from members of the band! Thanks to a sponsor, GO was able to arrange the purchase and delivery of the drums to the school, earlier this week.
Be sure to cheer the DGH contingent as they march and give the salute at the Independence Day parade!
Hornell Block (Senior Classrooms) Refurbishments completed!
GO's 'Adopt a Classroom' Project Team, working closely with the DGH Workshop, have announced the completion of the refurbishment of the senior classrooms.. The refurbishments have been completed on time and within budget. The team have sent some images of the refurbishment work - Click here to view.
If you are interested in supporting the project financially or through provision of resources or indeed, by sharing your skills please contact the team for information.
Adopt a Classroom Update - March, 2022.
With your generous donations, GO was able to fully fund the refurbishment and upgrade of 12 Classrooms in the Junior Block. The work is now complete and the final cost of the Phase 1 project is estimated at ₹ 25.3 lakhs. A summary of the cost is attached here.
GO is progressing the Phase 2 programme of refurbishing and upgrading 10 classrooms in the senior block. Total cost of the Phase 2 project is estimated at ₹ 29 lakhs and is expected to start end April. Funds raised for Phase 2 currently stands at ₹ 22.2 lakhs. The shortfall in the budget needs to be covered, and once again, we appeal to the OGBs and supporters to dig deep and donate generously. For more information about the costs and how to donate, please download the following document.
Dr Graham's Homes is open again!
The school re-opened on March 1st. after a ca 2 year COVID shutdown, to all students, including the boarders. State & Local COVID rules and guidelines continue to be strictly followed. Since September, GO has been refurbishing the classrooms in the Junior School Block. Most of the work on the block has been completed and students and teachers were delighted to find themselves in classrooms that had been modernised and refurbished in their absence!
Click here to read a report and an acknowledgement by GO's Sushil Marda, a key and active member of the Adopt A Classroom project. Below is a slide of images of the refurbished classrooms, under occupancy!
Juniors return to refurbished Classrooms!
Ray of Sunshine!
What a proud moment! Old Boy Raymond Cooke releases his autobiography! It is fabulous, funny, engaging and above all a story of an incredible journey of a little 'orphan' boy! A Must Read! Detailed chapters about his growing up in DGH will make you reminisce! Support the book - Proceeds of the book sales will go towards renovating the senior school classrooms under GO Adopt A Classroom Project!!! Amazing photographs included!!
AUSTRALIA & NZ: https://www.amazon.com.au
UK & SCOTLAND: https://www.amazon.co.uk
The Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel