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
What the beneficiary gets
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.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust
5 October, 2021
Sponsor the after school coaching of a destitute child
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.