- I feel so sorry when I come across street children. Would it help them if I gave them money?
- How do you choose the children in your projects?
- Does El Shaddai take all the children from one family?
- Our Sponsorship programme
- How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
- Do children leave your homes?
- What happens if the child I am sponsoring leaves the organization?
- What sort of education will be given to the children?
- Do I have to write to the child?
- If I am a U.K. tax payer can El Shaddai get some money back using gift aid?
- Will any one have access to my address?
- What happens when the child grows up?
- I would like to take gifts out to the children in Goa. What items would be most appreciated?
- How many children are sponsored through El Shaddai?
- What happens if I have to stop sponsoring the child?
- How is the health of the children handled?
- Will I receive letters from the child and can I write back to them?
- Can I send gifts to the child?
- How much of my sponsorship will benefit the child and what exactly happens to the money I give each month?
- Do the Children maintain their own religious and cultural identity?
- How can I become a volunteer?
- If I become a volunteer, will my skills be utilized?
- Can I bring clothes, shoes and toys for the children?
- Are staff at El Shaddai entitled to Pension schemes?
We strongly discourage the giving of money to children on the street as this perpetuates the cycle they are in. Often foreigner’s give so much that the child can earn a few hundred rupees a day. Consequently, this means that the families will never let their children attend school, as the income they get from being on the streets is too high to give up. Please give fruit or water to any child you see, but not money and encourage anyone you know to do the same.
How do you choose the children in your projects?
The children come from the street, slums, broken families or are orphans. Some of the children are referred by “CHILD LINE”, “Child Rights”, "Apna Ghar" (Government Remand Home), Desterro Eves Mahila Mandal, Jan Ugahi or other N.G.Os working for the children. The admission of the child is based on the severity of the case.
Does El Shaddai take all the children from one family?
It’s all depends on the situation. If the children have no one to look after them or the child has lost both parents or the family is in extreme conditions then we may help all the children in the family.
Our Sponsorship programme?
We now have over 1,500 children in our care in India benefiting from our child sponsorship programme. We do not say how much anyone has to give but it costs us £25 / $40 /€30 a month to have a child in our care. All the sponsorship money we receive goes into one pot and all the children are treated the same. You do not help just one child but are a part of supporting over two thousand three hundred children in India and we are very grateful . The child allocated to you to sponsor will be in Goa and is aware they may have more than one sponsor. Your child will always reply to your letters, make you a hand made Christmas card and every year we send you the financial report, Newsletter and your child’s school report. You are very special to your child, thank you for being part of our family.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
It costs between £25 / $40 / €30 a month to sponsor a child every month which includes food, clothing, shelter, education and medicine.
Do children leave your homes?
Yes. We believe the best place for a child to grow is with his/her family. This happens when the family environment is conducive for the healthy growth of the child and the parents feel capable of supporting their child. Sometimes, if required, we continue supporting their education and medical needs of the child through our community sponsorship programme.
What happens if the child I am sponsoring leaves the organization?
You will be informed by post or email with details of why the child is no longer in our care and we will allocate a new child who needs your support and we will send you their profile. In case you would want to receive information pertaining to your sponsored child you can send an email to email@example.com and we will get back to you shortly.
What sort of education will be given to the children?
Children are either given Formal Education in good fee paying schools or Non Formal Education in our own school after assessing their ability.
Do I have to write to the child?
It is not compulsory but the child gets a lot of encouragement and a sense of belonging through your letters.
If I am a U.K. tax payer can El Shaddai get some money back using gift aid?
Yes. The Gift aid is the system the government uses to encourage people to give to charities. It does not cost you any thing and is very simple to set up. The government gives the charity the tax you paid on your donations. If you complete a gift aid declaration El Shaddai will be able to recover the money. If you are a U.K tax payer please contact our U.K. office for more information or download Gift Aid form from our website. Our Uk Office Address is: El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd. , 5, Manor Court, Victoria Square, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6AA.
Will any one have access to my address?
No. We will never share any information we take from you with third parties unless specified. Your address will not even be passed to the child. The child will be able to communicate with you only through El Shaddai Goa office. Please make sure that you do not include your address on any correspondence you send, to help the office only send your name, the child’s name and I.D. number at the top of the letter. In case of change in address you could write your new conatct details in a seperate note for the office or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do the needful.
What happens when the child grows up?
Once a child reaches their adolescent years, we encourage those who have any family to stay with them and continue their further education which El Shaddai will pay for. Those without any family can stay with us in one of our‘Cottages’and continue their education locally in Colleges, University, Vocational Training or be given an apprenticeship locally. We will act as a supporting body until they become confident individuals and be able to stand on their feet.
I would like to take gifts out to the children in Goa. What items would be most appreciated?
We ask you not to bring expensive gifts to your child. This can lead to jealousy for those who never see their sponsor. One small gift is acceptable and maybe something from our Needs List for items we currently require in the Home of your child. Please note: In India most things are far cheaper and available now. It is better to bring money and buy locally.
How many children are sponsored through El Shaddai?
El Shaddai supports more than 1,500 children through out India of which 850 children are in Goa.
What happens if I have to stop sponsoring the child?
Some times circumstances change and the sponsor is no longer able to continue with the sponsorship. If this happens the child will remain with us and we will find another sponsor. Email us at and inform us. It would be wonderful if one of your friends could take on the sponsorship so that you can keep up to date with the child’s progress.
How is the health of the children handled?
The children are trained in cleanliness and hygiene. Each Home has staff with knowledge of first aid. Children are admitted to local hospitals, see local doctors/dentists and specialists whenever necessary and looked after with the utmost care.
Will I receive letters from the child and can I write back to them?
Yes. You can expect to receive two to three letters a year from your child and we encourage you to write back!
Can I send gifts to the child?
As parcels are lost or stolen before reaching us, please only send the money for gifts to your child through the El Shaddai office in your own country, stating clearly your child’s name and I.D. number as many children have the same names. Whatever money you send we will buy a gift of the same value we buy for all the children. Any remaining money goes towards the monthly birthday parties where all the children can celebrate together. Wherever possible we will take a photo of your child receiving their gift and email it to you.
We do not encourage sponsors to give their sponsored child individual gifts for Easter and Christmas as other children who do not receive likewise feel left out. So keeping in mind the feelings of all the children and to prevent jealousy among them, we maintain uniformity and prefer giving a similar gift to all the children for Christmas and Easter. You could contribute towards Children’s Christmas or Easter fund and we can utilize that money to buy gifts for all the children and make them feel happy.
How much of my sponsorship will benefit the child and what exactly happens to the money I give each month?
Your donation does not go directly to the child. The donations go to the El Shaddai account so all children are treated the same. El Shaddai has started a corporate fund where any extra money is placed; the idea is to generate a secure financial future for the charity. If anything was to happen to Anita or Matthew, El Shaddai would be able to continue helping the children through this fund.
Do the Children maintain their own religious and cultural identity?
We run on Christian principles. Christian values are taught as a code of living. We do not interfere with their cultural identity. The children are also taught some western ideas to help them in the Homes to have a common way of life as many of the children come from different parts of India and have varied and extreme cultural backgrounds.
How can I become a volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering your services, please see our volunteers’ section on this website.
If I become a volunteer, will my skills be utilized?
Usually, this can be discussed with the coordinator on request. For any further enquiries please contact UK office or click on to the Volunteer info.
Can I bring clothes, shoes and toys for the children?
Anyone coming to Goa for a holiday can usually bring an extra case of second hand children’s cotton clothes and shoes to us free of charge. Please contact Christine Gregory Tel 07806781462 or email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org who arranges all the XS baggage and can advise on what to bring or contact your airline direct.
Are staff at El Shaddai entitled to Pension schemes?
Yes, they are provided Retirement fund and Pension schemes through the Employment Provident Fund Scheme 1952 of Govt. of India.
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