In 2014 our founder and president, Marie Naklie McCoy, was working in Chennai, India on an engineering project and discovered the Opportunity School. It was, and is, a well-run vocational school and orphanage for mentally challenged children ages 3 through 18. Marie was so impressed with Deaconess Kasthuri Devaraj, Headmistress Amali Vincent, and the other wonderful women who run this happy school, and saw that they needed help raising funds for a better building for the children.
Later that year, Kasthuri connected Marie with others in the US who care about the school, and thus SOSMC was formed. We were founded around the goal of raising funds for a new building in Chennai that houses the school and dormitories. But when structural engineers recently determined that the foundation of one of the blocks is sound, the project was changed to renovating one block plus replacement of the other two blocks.
In December 2015, SOSMC was incorporated in the state of Texas, and was recognized on August 1, 2016 by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt public charity.