About Us

Read more about Sadie Shares, a children’s non-profit organization that donates 100% of its' proceeds to the Good Samaritan School.

Internationally Focused, Locally Active.

Sadie Shares was founded in 2017 in Lexington, KY by parents who sought to raise their children to become adults who make the world a better place.  An initiative of Friends of the Good Samaritans, we partner with children, families, and other kid’s groups to help teach the value of service and use education to help children break generational cycles of poverty.  

OUR MISSION

To bridge the lives of children who live in the U.S. and children who live in India through sponsorship and hands-on service projects.

THE HOW

Changing Lives by

To accomplish our goal, we created educational programs to benefit children on both sides of the globe.  Here’s how our programs connect hearts, honor culture, and build global community.

Honoring Culture

Through Sadie Shares, kids in the U.S. and kids in India are able to learn about a culture different from their own. This experience teaches children to respect and celebrate differences in all people and become more compassionate and accepting of others.

Connecting Hearts

Hearts are connected across the globe through our hands on mission/service projects and our kid-friendly sponsorship program. Children in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn more about and build friendships with students at the Good Samaritan School.

Building Global Community

Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh's story of founding the Good Samaritan School inspires children all over the globe to be change makers. Kids in the U.S. develop compassionate and generous hearts for those in need. Students at the GSS acknowledge the generosity they have received and use it to give back to their community.

THE DIFFERENCE

Change is Happening Now

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Meet The Team

As a small organization, we can work with you personally  to customize our programs to fit the needs of your children’s group. We love getting to know you and the children you serve. 

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 assistance of 18 volunteer teachers. With the help of U.S. partners, a new, modern debt-free school was opened in 2005 and named The Good Samaritan School. Ananthi  continues to serve the children and families in the slums who affectionately call her “Mummy-ji” which in Hindi means “ “honored mother.”

 

Amanda Evans Lang

AUTHOR AND CREATOR OF CHARACTER “SADIE”

In 2012, Amanda Evans Lang traveled to India to experience the redemptive story playing out in the lives of the children being served by the Good Samaritan School. The hope she experienced in the slums of New Delhi changed the course of her life and the book Sadie and the Land of Dancing Colors was her offering back in gratitude. To honor the life and story of Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh, Amanda wrote a second Sadie book, Sadie and the School that LOVE Built. Passionate about ending extreme poverty through education, Amanda continues to champion Ananthi’s vision. 

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.

shelli@fotgs.com

(877) 453-6847
Ext 701

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 all three Sadie Shares programs.

LLittrell@fotgs.com

(877) 453-6847
Ext 702