Sponsor the after school coaching of a destitute child by El Shaddai Charitable Trust

Sponsor the after school coaching of a destitute child


Every monthly donation helps educate more destitute kids like Paru

Paru was found at the Mapusa bus stand alone at night. The police were alerted and she was rescued but as she was too young she had no information about her family. Paru was admitted into an ESCT home.

They were given a loving home which offered her comfort, companionship, nourishing food, education and the possibility of a secure future.Paru is now safe and happy. She is at present in the non-formal school. She attends the after-school coaching to get prepared for formal schooling. She has shown a lot of improvement in her studies. She enjoys studying and is a bright learner.

With continuous love and care, she can go on to a formal school, achieve her goals to grow and develop as a normal child.


By donating to this program

You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month

About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
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Program Description

El Shaddai Charitable Trust (ESCT) runs residential homes for needy orphans, destitutes and children at risk. They are currently running four Homes in Goa. This programme is implemented through the residential Homes run by El Shaddai. ESCT identifies the destitute children and enrolls them.

The children are placed in various homes as per their age and gender. At the El Shaddai Home, each child is provided with food, clothing, shelter. Medical needs of the children are also taken care of by the homes. The organization works to provide them the required support to help admit the children into formal schools. For mainstreaming the children, the children are provided extra coaching by trained staff.

The after school coaching forms the basis of their education and is a very important aspect of their growth. The trust serves around 300 under the age of 16 children living in the homes.

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About The NGO

El Shaddai Charitable Trust
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El Shaddai Charitable Trust

Matthew Kurian was appalled at the state of the children living in a slum. Anita from the UK was shocked at the conditions of the children on the streets. Both had the same Dream. El Shaddai was born with a mission of bringing childhood to the children who never had it.

Matthew Kurian is the Co-founder and Managing Trustee of the El Shaddai Charitable Trust. In 1993 he started working with alcoholics and drug addicts in Goa. A visit to a slum changed Matthew's perspective on life completely. Their desperation shocked him and he began teaching them the importance of hygiene, clean drinking water, and healthy food. He was moved when he saw them begging on the streets, collecting rubbish and even eating out of garbage bins to relieve their hunger. He started children's home in a small rented place in Vagator with 15 slum kids in 1997.

Today the trust works with women, youth and children in slums in the fields of skill building, livelihood and rehabilitation. They also have destitute homes for children. In 2012, El Shaddai Charitable Trust was awarded the Spirit of Humanity Award by the AmeriCares India Foundation Child Nutrition

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Julia Kurien

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Area of Operation
Area of Operation

After school program | education

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Location of Work
Location of Work


El Shaddai Charitable Trust has

provided residential care to 350 street children and children coming from broken families

Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2008: Renny Abraham Award


2012: Indian Status Award for Intellectual people

2017: Out Standing Annual Report Award

2017: Best Social Worker

2012: eNGO Challenge award

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Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 October, 2021

Sponsor the after school coaching of a destitute child


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

El Shaddai has set up three daycare centres where they not only visit the children in slum communities but also help the children in need by providing them with the basic necessities like nutrition and education. Besides the shelter activities, there is also fieldwork and slum school being carried out in more than 20 slum areas. Our slum school was active till the month of May 2021 before the state government announced lockdown. With only markets open, the rest of the work was not active apart from a few government organizations. Schools were the first institutions to be closed.Keeping in mind that empowering and equipping women with better incomes will bring greater benefits to the community; we have restarted with the vocational training in all the 3 Community centres from the month of October. Currently, we are running various vocational courses Batch Wise, Like Tailoring, Computer, Mehndi, and Crochet. In total we have around 80 women enrolled in different courses of their choice and are enjoying learning new skills. We are also planning to start adult literature very soon.Over the past year, poverty has doubled in Goa. Since the onset of the pandemic, El Shaddai has been serving hot meals to the children and people from the street and marginalized people and has been distributing groceries for the poor and slum communities. A lot of these people have been rendered jobless due to the pandemic and are left with little or no means to provide for their families. The second wave has hit the country again affecting hundreds of vulnerable families and children blazing into an unreliable path across India. We are covering 100% of the cities of Panjim, Mapusa, Calangute, Vasco, and Margao. Your support has enabled us to expand our operations beyond groceries and mid-day meals to night meals to the vulnerable. We have activated 3 kitchens in our shelters and our staff on the ground (keeping safety measures in mind) to deliver food.

Challenges faced and next steps

We have suspended our activities of slum schooling from the month of May 2021 as per the guidelines of the Goa government. Nevertheless, we are providing the families and our students from slums with grocery kits and cooked meals daily to keep them well-nourished during difficult times.2020 has been a rough and challenging year—but in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, political instability, and more challenges, we’ve been humbled to witness your memorable generosity.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: Salma lives in Zuarinagar Birla (a small town in South Goa) with her parents in a very small rented house. Her parents are daily wage workers and have no stable job. Salma discontinued her schooling after completing her grade 10th since her parents couldn’t afford to support her and her two siblings financially.During fieldwork one of our El Shaddai staff met her and asked about continuing her studies. She said she would rather give up on her studies and take up a job in order to support her family. We encouraged her to learn cloth stitching and explained to her how useful it is for her and her family.After few days, she joined our vocational class, wherein she was given good training from the scratch. There, she learnt to stitch different designs on clothes. She was really happy to learn in an environment where she found so much of love and care.After finishing her course of 6 months, she started her own tailoring business. Today she stitches cloths on her own and supports her family. She stitches cloths for her family and also takes orders from others and earns an income to support the family. It gives us immense pleasure and joy seeing her progress each day. She is very grateful for all the wonderful donors like you who have made her life meaningful, bright and beautiful.