Whilst there was a lifting of some of the CIVID 19 restrictions in NSW, members of the SSIO Australia were able to support the valuable work done by the Sai College in Northern NSW by participating in a working bee to carry out maintenance and improvements to the college’s facilities. The College’s goal is to provide students with an academically excellent education based upon the NSW Board of Studies syllabus whilst incorporating the integration of universal human values within the curriculum.

The SSIO Australia’s national service project is the support of the primary and secondary campuses of the Sathya Sai College located in Murwillumbah and neighbouring Dungay. The mission of the college is to provide both an academic and character-building education incorporating the ideals self-awareness and self-worth and of service to the community that sets the students up to be caring, responsible and valuable members of society. It has been operating now for several decades, continually expanding to now cover years K to 12. The college charges no school fees and relies upon the voluntary support of the members of the SSIO for much of its development and maintenance.

The recent College Working Bee was held on July 18, 2020 and was, as usual, a productive and efficient enterprise. The event was held during the pandemic as lockdown restrictions were easing but still prevailing and attendance was restricted for this reason. With around 40 worker bees attending from Queensland and within NSW, several items were ticked off the agenda with a roof being built for a shipping container; decking outside the gym area; general electrical work, as well as cleaning and gardening around the school. The volunteers braved the state borders to assist and whilst at the working bee strict hygiene and COVID protocols were followed by all volunteers.  The working bee was also attended by some members of the School Board as well as the School Principal.

To read more about the unique nature of the Sathya Sai College and its educational objectives, click HERE.