THE MOUNT CARMEL STORY
Dedicated to the loving memory of Karen Williams, the matriarch, the loving grandmother and the indulging great - grand mother. She believed, supported and prayed every single day.
Karen Williams (1921 - 2003)
"Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
- Proverbs 31:29
A little one shall become a thousand,
and a small one a strong nation,
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.
- Isaiah 60:22
On 10th July 1972, the school began with 12 children in the living room of the Williams residence in E-47, Anand Niketan. In the picture: Tshewang Dorji, the first student to enroll in Mount Carmel School, holding a ball; Michael Williams (the present Dean) under his mother's elbow.
A young Neena Williams with her dozen
THE FIRST CENTURY
Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labour in vain,
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
- Psalm 127:1
By January 8, 1974, the magic figure of 100 students was reached. Mount Carmel School was shifted to E-87 Anand Niketan and the year after that to E -34
E 34 Anand Niketan
COMETH THE HOUR...
He who calls you is faithful,
He will do it.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Fl. Lt. Vijay Kumar Williams resigned his permanent commission in the Air Force. He could now devote all his time to the fledgling school. He desired that it should become an institution of good repute. This desire helped create the Mount Carmel vision found in Luke 2:52.
ON SOLID GROUND
You will possess their land.
I will give it to you for an inheritance.
- Leviticus 20:24
This decade began with the DDA allotting a two-acre plot in Anand Niketan to house the school. Within a few months, construction of the barrack-style 20-room building began.
Dr. Williams, posing with the first doorway.
ONE INTO TWO
I will tell of the kindness of the LORD,
the deeds for which He is to be praised.
- Isaiah 63:7
In 1983, a second plot of land was allotted in Anand Niketan, to house the Junior School.
This aesthetic circular building on a triangular plot, one of the finest and most unique architectural designs in the city, opened its doors in 1984.
BREAKING NEW GROUND
We are Labourers together with God.
-1 Corinthians 3:9
In its Silver Jubilee Year, Mount Carmel West was born, with the aim to set up finally in Dwarka, New Delhi. With 165 students, Nursery and Preparatory classes were started as the afternoon session in the mother school in Anand Niketan.
HOME, SWEET HOME
Discipline your children,
for in that there is hope ;
do not be a willing party to their death.
- Proverbs 19:18
With the desire of Mrs. Williams to empower the girl child, in April 1998, the hostel for senior girls was inaugurated in Anand Niketan. Initially, there was room only to help 50 girls make this their home away from home.
Today, double that number of senior girls from the North East have found residence here.
THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and He will establish your plans.
- Proverbs 16:3
The turn of the century witnessed the birth of the sub-city Dwarka, and the new Mount Carmel. Mrs. Neena Williams handpicked the plot, in Sector 22. By April 2002, the building opened its doors to welcome the afternoon batch from Anand Niketan.
THE PLOT THICKENS
"I am the vine, you are the branches.
Apart from me, you can do nothing"
- John 15:5
With her desire to make early childhood learning fun, Mrs. Williams wanted to house the little kids in a building of their own. That dream was fulfilled in 2004, as the pre-school was inaugurated a short distance from the main school in Sector-22 of Dwarka.
THE FIFTH ESTATE
You Lord, are our Father.
You are the potter, we are the clay.
- Isaiah 64:8
Within its first decade, the Dwarka branch caught up with Anand Niketan among the leading schools in New Delhi. With a waiting list larger than the total enrollment, the rooms appeared to shrink. To improve the teacher-student ratio, the Junior Wing in Sector-28 was born in 2013.
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