“Bringing childhood to children who have never had it”.
El Shaddai as an organization exists to open Homes and Shelters for the abandoned Street Children and for children coming from economically poor or broken families, providing them with the basic necessities of life, so developing their personalities leading to a brighter future. To establish support systems for the weaker sections viz. women & children of our society. To conduct awareness & educational programmes including medical camps among the slum dwellers.
LOVING ~ CARING ~ SHARING
Founders & Board of Trustees
The El Shaddai Charitable Trust was founded in 1997 under the aegis of Anita Edgar and Matthew Kurian the Founders, with seven members forming the Board of Trustees under whom the Management and Staff function.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust is set up to help:-
• Orphans (Children)
• Street children
• Slum children
• Children coming from economically desperate backgrounds.
• Children whose parents suffer from terminal illness/disease
• Children living in high-risk environment.
• Children of underprivileged migrants
• Runaways (Children)
• Terminally ill children.
• Families living below poverty line (Loan a goat, wells for life)
• Children of commercial sex workers
• Children coming from schedule castes and tribes.
• Women and Child; healthcare, support and counselling.
• Children whose parents are in prison.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust provides the following services:-
• Residential facilities
• Medical facilities (Basic and specialised)
• Holistic growth of children in our care.
• Family support through regular visits, counselling, family planning.
• Talks on health, hygiene and healthy eating.
• Professional training/schooling
• Technical training
• Apprenticeship and job training/placement
• Grants and Scholarships
• Community sponsorships
• HIV & Aids assistance through projects and Cottage Hospital
• Awareness and treatment of Polio, sickness and disability.
- Victory House Saligao, Goa, for about 60 boys aged 7 years-12 years, opened in 1997.
- Shekinah House, Assagao, Goa, for over 50 boys aged 12 years and above, opened in 1999.
- Rainbow House, Assagao, Goa, for 47 girls aged 7 years and above opened in 1999.
- The House of Kathleen, Assagao, Goa, for 58 girls and boys aged 2-6 years, opened in 2002.
- Asha Deep, Panjim, Goa, opened in April 2003. For up to 100 children offering day and night care facilities.
- Stepping Stones, Margao, Goa, opened in April 2005. For up to 150 children day and night care facilities.
- Little Acorns, Calangute, Goa, opened in October 2005 for up to 100 children day care facilities and at night in an emergency.
- Colshaw & Harvest Cottage at Victory House
- Laurel Cottage
- Rainbow’s End at Rainbow House
- Shanti Niketan: A Non Formal and National Open School, opened in June 2001, for children in our care at the Homes.
- Manna Khana “Meals On Wheels” : A take away packet food distribution for children started on Children’s day (14th November 2004) in Vasco, Goa.
- Impact Goa : A Research Study on the Socio – Economic Status of migrant families children in the state of Goa.
- SCAN – Stop Child Abuse Now: It is a project of El Shaddai involving in advocacy, campaigning and intervention on Child Rights and Juvenile Justice. It has been observed that children who are victims of various offences require support from the pre-trial stage till the trial is concluded. Often, after the conclusion of the trial, the child needs support for the healing process. SCAN provides this psychological and social support and also provides them with legal assistance. The rehabilitation and reintegration of these children which needs to be facilitated shall be taken care of by SCAN. Therefore SCAN will provide holistic services for all children as we believe that every child matters. SCAN monitors cases by networking with the police, forensic medical doctors and the concerned public prosecutor. SCAN also gives legal advice and assistance to the police during investigation. It has been working towards more case conferences with the police to ensure more effective handling of cases.
- El Shaddai Community Care Centre (The House of Norma): Children’s Hospice for Terminally ill children and a care centre for people living with HIV/AIDS in Goa. Outreach work is also carried out through this centre.
- Good News Community Welfare Centre: This centre inaugurated in July 2011 at Moti Dongor, Margao. It caters to schooling children as well as school drop-outs through tuition facilities. A number of Vocational training courses are provided for women and children.
- Tremara Community Centre: Opened in March 2008
- The Ashraya Community Centre: Inaugurated on 10th November, 2012 in Vasco. We provide education for those who have never been able to go to school, tuition for school going children and non-formal education for the drop-outs reintroducing them to mainstream education. Nutritious meals and medical care is given in the Centre and ‘Medical camps’ are being held for families living in the slum area. Literacy classes and Vocational Training Courses in tailoring and sewing motivate young women giving them a chance to improve their lives.
- Chirag Ghar in Nagpur: Children’s Rehabilitation programme (residential).
- Adarahalli Community Centre in Adarahalli, Karnataka
- Faith Missions : Community Centre in Kottayam, Kerala
- Loan a Goat : Goat Project for underprivileged families and their children
- Wells for Life: Bore Wells for remote villages of underprivileged families and their children.
- Khana Ghar
- KLC Community Centre, Aradi
- Mobile Clinic
- ‘Fun 2 Retire’ for Senior Citizens and Orphaned Children.
- Catering Institute for Underprivileged children, in Goa
- Craftsmanship Training in Building Trade, in Goa
- Water Purification Plant in Goa
- Community Centres in Goa
- Education Centre and Hostel in Mungod (Karnataka)
After working for a decade in the field of rescuing children at risk, we discovered that the rise in street children in cities is due to the migration of communities from the villages for survival and livelihood. This in turn burdens the infrastructure of the cities, giving rise to socio-economic problems. In order to stop this viscous cycle, El Shaddai has decided to embark on Community development projects by adopting one village at a time. We plan to bring about a holistic development through various schemes:
- Community Centres: Providing educational support and nutritious meal to school going children.
- Adult Education: Providing illiterate men and women with the opportunity to read and write.
- Micro-Finance: Empowering housewives by training them in various skills/trade and opening avenues to generate income.
- Bore-wells: The economy of the villages is fully dependant on agriculture. This in turn depends on the annual rainfall. With global warming and drastic climatic changes, rainfall has become unpredictable. This adversely affects agricultural outputs – the very sustenance of the community. Digging bore-wells will provide them with alternative source of water to carry their farming. This will not only improve the economy of the community but also prevent them from migrating to the cities for better prospects.
- Gift a goat, cow, piglets and chickens: This provides the community an alternative means of livelihood.
- Children pursuing higher studies and professional courses
- Children working in reputed Companies and establishments.
- Children pursuing Vocational Training Courses
- Medical rehabilitation provided to children with disabilities
- Childhood to Children who never had it
- Better future for Street Children.
TAX STATUS IN INDIA
All donations made to El Shaddai Charitable Trust are eligible for Tax Exemption ie. 50% tax exempt under section 80G and 100% tax exempt under section 35AC or 80G.