– John 15 verse 13, The Bible
In 1954, Dr. Mark and Dr. Huldah Buntain, with their baby daughter, Bonnie, sailed to Calcutta for a one-year service opportunity. Observing first-hand the growing plight of India’s poor, they began to launch a series of compassionate ministries. Their one-year stay suddenly turned into 55 as their efforts grew into a large holistic network of programs.
The Early Years
Shortly following the Buntains’ arrival in Calcutta, a beggar walked up to them and screamed, “Feed our bellies and then tell us there is a God in heaven who loves us.” This inspired the Buntains to launch a feeding program to nourish the physical needs of the poor. Equally concerned about the uneducated children of India, Mark Buntain built a primary school in 1964, with an initial enrollment of 200 children. His inspiration was to reach out to people who are not the same as you
Big Steps Forward
With the success of their first school, the Buntains inaugurated over 100 more in Calcutta and its surrounding areas with hundreds of children enrolled. Today, there are more than 1000 students benefitting from our school.