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Sanika chooses to grow despite her abusive past

Sanika came from a poor and broken family.

Her father was an alcoholic. He regularly abused his wife and children. Over time, her mother gave up hope of a better life and fell into depression. When she died, the children had nowhere to go and no one to help. Sanika grew more afraid of her father as the days went by.

One day she decided to run away. She trusted streets filled with strangers more than her home, where she could no longer bear the abuse of her father.

Thankfully, she was discovered by a kind stranger who brought her to El Shaddai Children’s Home. The home enrolled her in Shanti Niketan, a non-formal school, where she finally got the chance to excel. She began to break out of her shell, made good friends, and felt secure. Her creativity and talents bloomed when she found a place to call home. A place where she was shown love and care. A place that offered her food, companionship and education.

She proved to be an intelligent, fast learner in academics and can now speak, write and communicate well in English. She also started to paint, craft, sing, and dance. El Shaddai homes provides shelter to 365 children like Sanika, who have no means to lead a normal life. They depend on contributions from donors like you, to have a chance at succeeding.

Your monthly donation will provide a safe space where these children can grow. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED. Give now to help them have the childhood that they deserve.


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About The Program

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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. The children are given individual care, love and attention. Many children before joining the home also come from abusive families and have never known care. The home is a safe haven for the children. Medical needs of the children are also taken care of by the homes.

The trust serves around 300 under the age of 16 children living in the homes. Donate to the program to support the shelter of a destitute child.

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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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After school program | education

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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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Renewals FY 19-20

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Verification Report 1

Program Updates

Program Updates

28 December, 2022

Provide care, protection and support for the rescued


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

El Shaddai’s Mission is to create homes, shelters, community centers, and schools to transform children’s lives. As the new academic year started children were gearing up to start their schooling. We had to make sure every child gets all the essential requirements to start their schooling i.e. their school bags, sandals, raincoats, textbooks, stationeries, and uniforms, etc. though it was a difficult task to arrange the requirements for 200 plus children who are in our care. Every help we receive from our supporters made it possible to carry on this work. We had many parents visiting our institute with their children from North and South Goa, who had no shelter to stay, begging in the major cities of Goa to feed their children and themselves, some were jobless and some are going through an abusive state. These parents don’t want their children to experience the same life that they are facing. So they approached El Shaddai to admit their children into our care. The greatest milestone is that these children never had proper documents and we had to work with the parents/guardians/NGOs/govt. organization to get their documents done. In these six months, we managed to welcome 20 children in our care i.e. 9 girls and 11 boys. They were placed in our homes as per their age and gender. The major events that took place and in which our children took an active part, I would like to highlight some of them; A Dempo well-known Football Academy in Goa had organized all Goa Under - 19 selections and we are so proud that two of the boys got selected to play for the well-known football club and now one of them playing at the state level. The Governor of Goa visited our institute, our children had put in wonderful programs to showcase their talents and his excellence was truly impressed by the performance of the same. One of the volunteer, Zelenchuk from Kezim came and taught elder girl's in our children's home how to paint, draw and do beadwork. She imparted additional vocational skills to our girls which was very helpful to pursue their careers. Educational Tour to Children: Octopus Surf school off the Arabian Sea invited our children for the surfing at Morzim Goa. Children were thought how to handle a surfboard, get on the board, paddle, catch a wave and stand up! The knowledge that was imparted by the team to our children was very helpful and adventurous. Children also visited Fort Aguada, it is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort, along with a lighthouse, standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach. Children truly enjoyed the trip and learned more about the monument which is a great help for them in their learning. Child abuse and neglect occur across the country, regardless of income and education, race, and region. Our children participated in the Awareness run to spread the word on the prevention of child abuse so that everyone may work together to make the world a safer place for children. The camp was held for providing Aadhar cards to children living in our care in collaboration with DWCD. We organized three days of Aadhaar registration camps for children without Aadhaar cards and updated their Aadhaar information. Whenever these children come to us always they are quite big in age and it's always challenging for you us to place them as per their age. So this program has helped us to employ more mentors to teach and train these children so that they can continue their normal schooling like any other child.

Challenges faced and next steps

When parents approach us to admit their children into our care we had to go through a lot of government procedures which are sometimes very difficult for the parents and the organization to comply with it. The situation is such that the child is in a desperate state and needs protection and care. Still we could manage to admit 20 new children into our care by completing those long procedures. The second most difficult challenge we face is the children who come to us for admission through different sources are with no proper documents mostly these parents are uneducated and alcoholic and do not have fix place to stay. So our team had to spend extra time and incur costs to get documents arranged. Mostly the children who came to us are from the street, have violent nature, and are mentally disturbed. So it was always challenging for us to get dedicated mentors to train, teach and counsel them. Very few prefer to work with that kind of children but inviting resource people to encourage our mentors has helped many of the mentors to work dedicatedly for the social cause.

Our vision is to collaborate more with government bodies so that we can reach out to more children who are in need of care and protection. We have come across parents who have dropped the idea of putting their children in our care due to harassment by the child welfare committee even though they were in desperate need. There are orphan children in our care who are without required documents like birth certificates and other important documents. We are planning to closely work with the DWCD to get the documents of these children done. We are also looking forward to contacting different agencies to help us with more dedicated Mentors and volunteers to teach, mold, and counsel the children who have gone through the traumas in their life. We have 30 plus children who are completing their secondary, and higher schools and colleges this academic year. So our goal is to talk to them and help them to select the right choice, of course, skills-based training, and place them in a service industry as interns for training purposes, etc.

Stories from the ground

These children receive all-around facilities in the homes they have been placed. They have LED screen TVs, a Sound system, a Karaoke machine to practice songs, basketball and football grounds, a swimming pool facility, and also a doctor on call. We never wanted to make children in our residential care feel they are limited but we want to give them broad opportunities which will help them to grow, learn, be smart and acquire different skills. Meet Kavya, a 13-year-old, oldest amongst her three sisters. They are from Karnataka. They lived in the Calangute slums with their mother and father staying in a hut.

Kavya’s story is one of the unguaranteed hope as her father abandoned them at an early age resorted to begging. In the face of abandonment and abuse early in life, millions of children are found living on the streets of India every year. Their mother is suffering from deafness and the financial instability made their lives harder. School and education were completely out of question.

These four siblings developed bad habits being in slums. It was when the pandemic hit, El Shaddai initiated a feeding program in the slums of Goa and on the street. At one of these sessions, our outreach workers came across these four sisters and enrolled them in the slum school, one of the initiatives of El Shaddai.

The outreach workers were convinced that Kavya and her three sisters wanted to change their life, education was essential, and was finally enrolled at one of the homes of El Shaddai.

Kavya now has hope as she and her sisters are sheltered and secured in our homes. Her mother is being provided much needed help. Kavya can run, play, and learn about her world in school. She finally has the chance that every child deserves the opportunity to learn.

1 June, 2022

Christmas Celebration at our children's home


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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

During the Christmas season, it is customary for our homes to be decked with Christmas trees, stars, and jingling bells. These are befitting preparations for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. However, it is also time for all of us to reflect on whether we have the inner peace in our hearts to welcome Christ, who is the prince of peace. On this day, we are not only accepting and distributing the gifts in our children’s homes at El Shaddai, but we also make children understand the real meaning of Christmas.

All our children got special gifts for Christmas; all the girls got beautifully stitched dresses and shoes, while the boys got formal pants and shirts. It was nice to see each one with a smiling and exciting face picking up their gift from under the Christmas tree. On December 25th, children enjoyed a special Christmas lunch sponsored by Mr. Manoj. On the 27th, we organized a party for the children. We had a magic show for the children, followed by dance, games, spot prices, etc. The children had a great time at the Christmas Party. They had a whole lot of fun and enjoyed a delicious meal, which also included desserts. On March 31st, a special lunch was sponsored by Mr. Rahul. During the Christmas holiday, children spent time sketching cartoons, drawing, coloring, playing indoor games, and in the evening, outdoor games.

Challenges faced and next steps

This year, the ongoing pandemic has severely affected the families of our children. Unfortunately, not everyone is as privileged as us. The lockdown hit the most vulnerable the hardest. The rapid spread of the coronavirus forced all the schools to shut down. In this pandemic, July to December 2021 were difficult months for the children of El Shaddai. COVID-19 is still affecting India and there is a quick rise in cases as the second wave has hit India badly. But we would like to inform you that all our children are well and safe in our homes.

Stories from the ground

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 field work, 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. So we encouraged her to learn tailoring and explained to her how useful it is for her and her family.

After a few days, she joined our vocational class, wherein she was given good training from scratch. There she learnt to stitch different designs on clothes, shoes, and patterns. 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 clothes on her own and supports her family. She stitches clothes for her family and also takes orders from others, earning 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.

8 December, 2021

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

We know that everyone is struggling at this moment and we are grateful that you still continue to support our children in these difficult times.Our children have finished their final exams and few of our students pursuing their 10th standard and higher studies are still learning from home due to pandemic. Very often, we invite motivational speakers to come and spend some time with our children and encourage them to come up in life. A resource person from Vasco conducted a session where she taught the girls how to release stress and come out of depression. Workshops and sessions were held for the children on personality development, through this workshop, children learned how to overcome the stage fear and to deal with emotions.In the month of March, a fifteen days Boxing camp was held for children in association with Goa Amateur Boxing Association. The children learned about stance, footwork, and punching. For our champions, it was a first starting point. Not only boxing, but children also participated in the Yoga camp headed by Yoga Instructor Mr. Sandeep Morajkar where every morning they were seen unrolling their Yoga Mats. This camp helped our children to gain physical fitness and confidence. Apart from this our girls and boys took an active part in indoor and outdoor activities like football, basketball, chess, art, craft and lots more.Most of our junior music lovers were involved in music, guitar, keyboard, and vocal classes which helped them to boost their mental development. All the children were also involved in dance classes learning tap steps and more. All these activities facilitated building a great fun team. In the midst of April, all our children went for a Holi party at Shekinah House (one of our children's homes) sponsored by one of our supporters. On 23rd April our children were amazed to see the magic show performed by DMC magician, children really had a wonderful time watching the magic.On a more positive note, we have managed to successfully provide all our staff and children above the age of 18 with their first vaccination dose, as we are trying our best to get everyone within the organization vaccinated to prevent the spread of this Virus. We are currently in the process of readmitting younger children who have been struggling with education back to school but maintaining strict social distancing measures and following state regulations so that they can continue working their hardest for a brighter future in a safe environment.

Challenges faced and next steps

This year the ongoing pandemic has severely affected the families of our children. Unfortunately, not everyone is as privileged as us. The lockdown hit the most vulnerable the hardest. The rapid spread of coronavirus made all the schools shut down. In this pandemic, January to April 2021 were difficult months for the children of El Shaddai. COVID 19 is still affecting India and there is a quick rise in the cases as the second wave has hit India badly.

Stories from the ground

Impact story: Laxmi has been part of the Aftercare program for the past several years. Laxmi along with her elder sister was admitted to one of our children's homes at a very young age after the demise of their parents.Laxmi has recently passed out from standard 12th securing 3rd rank in her college with 80% and has made us all very proud with her outstanding performance. She desires to be a Human Resource Manager when she grows up as she is a good decision maker and loves doing administrative work. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from one of the reputed colleges in Goa. Laxmi loves going to college and enjoys studying English, Management Studies, and Political Science. She enjoys painting and reading during her leisure time.We are excited for Laxmi and what her future holds! It is a privilege to do this work and to see the change in people's lives.

5 August, 2020

Children heading towards a brighter future


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Children heading towards a brighter future

It feels so good to see the children growing up in a safe and caring environment at the Homes, where they are provided with nutritious meals and regular health check-ups to ensure they receive their vaccinations and address the medical issues.All 350 children in the Homes attend school, some who have attended schools before, are enrolled in nearby public schools while others go to non-formal school. We also have 10 children who have completed their schooling and have enrolled themselves in colleges and universities.The children did celebrate christmas festival and received christmas gifts. The christmas holidays were enjoyed playing different games,the older children did decorate the homes, made a crib outside the house and had a lot of fun.The children also had Children’s Christmas Party and New Year Party where they were served special meals. Smaller kids practiced Carol songs and had great fun singing them at different places in Goa. As a part of extra-curriculum, childrecontinued with regular practices for table tennis, football and other activities like Guitar, keyboard, choir,tailoring, handicraft activity, stroke painting and card making classes after the class hours in the afternoon. In the month of March, El Shaddai Academy celebrated it’s 18th annual day on the school campus wherein all the children were super excited to take part in various events such as dance, singing, drama, speech, etc. Many of our children received prizes and awards for their consistent excellence and achievements throughout the year.The scholastic year ended on a very sad note for the children attending the school. Due to the spread of Coronavirus, The school shut down from 16th March 2020. As a result the vacation started much before the expected date. All the children were so happy. Due to the sudden lockdown, the exam was canceled and this news made them happier. But for the continuous learning of the children we never stopped for instance the home In-charges and care-takers are taking two hours of classes every day according to the syllabus sent by the respective class teachers. Most of the children who have finished schooling have gone back to their hometowns for vacation to be with their respective families. They will be back prior to the start of next academic year. Your help provides these children safe and happy childhood.Your efforts to raise funds and support the work on the ground help to give these children homes.

19 November, 2019

Kids happily engaged in extra-curricular activities


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Kids happily engaged in extra-curricular activities

22 July, 2019


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Program Update

It has been a wonderful journey through the school year. The children enjoyed themselves, played and learnt together. All the 350 children that have stayed in the children’s home have been a part of a school. They took part in lots of extra-curricular activities and events. Our own Non formal school recently organized its annual day and it was so lovely to see children from all age groups take part and enjoy themselves

In the month of April and May we had a lot of students who answered their 10th STD board exams and also some who answered their 12th Std exams. We ae happy to say that all who answered the 12th Std have passed and are now in the process of applying for admissions in Colleges. The 10th results will be out by the end of May

Most of the children who have finished school have gone to the hometowns for vacation time and to be with their families. They will e back within a month ready for the next academic year.

Story from the field

Our field workers came across a one and a half year old child, Kavya ( name changed), living in a hut with her family. Kavya's father Raja (name changed) is a painter and a scrap seller. Her family had come to Goa in search of a job and have been living here for a year. Kavya was suffering from an external thalamus growth since birth because of a backbone injury caused during her delivery. She would hide the lump by tying a scarf around her neck. Her parents were doing their best to find the much needed medical help for Kavya, but there was no progress or improvement because of the language barrier and poverty. Raja had spent so much to help his daughter that he was drowning in debt. When we came across Kavya and her family we recognized the danger she was in.
Kavya was immediately taken to GMC hospital, Bambolim, diagnosed and treated. She was operated on and underwent a full recovery. Kavya bravely got through the operation and we glad to announce that she is now healthy and happy. She is currently at one of the children’s homes at El Shaddai and enjoys herself. It is truly lovely to see her play and interact with the other children as if nothing happened. El Shaddai hopes to help many more children just like her

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?350
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date338
Village/City/State where project is locatedAssagao, Verna, Revora, Saligao
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191500000
Total Expenses for the project YTD1500000

23 May, 2019


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Program Update

the activities in this program has benefited many children of El Shaddai Homes, our homes and shelter conduct many activities, where in children learn, receive and understand from the knowledge shared, we have recreational activities where in all children participate, our staff has a unique approach towards children, we conduct workshops, seminars and motivational talks where we let children participate and help them to overcome their fears, our homes provide nourished food and education, we provide care and extra support to these destitute children who have been left alone on the street or those who cant afford their basic necessities

Story from the field

Asiya born and brought up in Goa along with her two siblings.her father gave up on family and left them with nothing. Mother is a housewife, she coukd not work as she needed to look after her twin sons who are mentally challenged. So to save her children from further adversities, Asiya’s mother came to El Shaddai Seeking for help for her daughter's future and requested us to admit Asiya into our Children’s Home. Asiya was quickly admitted into our Children’s Home, where she was offered comfort, companionship, nourishing food, Education and the possibility of a secure future. Asiya is very happy and is enjoying her stay with us. She speaks Marathi & is learning to speak English too. She now attends our Shanti Niketan (Non Formal School) and likes going to School. During leisure Asiya enjoys playing with her friends. She also loves to watch TV, draw and sing. Asiya currently lives in the House of Kathleen. She has been with us since May 2018.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date100
Village/City/State where project is locatedEl Shaddai House Socol Vaddo, Assagao Goa - 403507
Total Budget for the project for FY18-191005738
Total Expenses for the project YTD600000

28 February, 2018

Christmas holidays celebrated in El Shaddai homes


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In December 2017, children who have homes were sent home for Christmas to spend time with parents. Children who don’t have homes to go to were engaged with games, recreational activities and reading story books.

The Victory House has 60 Children from broken families, economically backward and deprived backgrounds and 5 full time staff to look after them. Located in Saligao, Goa, the home has a lot of recreation activities for the children;
-- it also has big terrace and veranda to play carom and so many different indoor games. They are served healthy food three times in a day;
-- breakfast, lunch & dinner cooked in El Shaddai's Central Kitchen as well as different fruits served every day in the evening during snack time.