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.
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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. 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.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust
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
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
Kids happily engaged in extra-curricular activities
22 July, 2019
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-Date||338|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Assagao, Verna, Revora, Saligao|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||1500000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1500000|
23 May, 2019
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-Date||100|
|Village/City/State where project is located||El Shaddai House Socol Vaddo, Assagao Goa - 403507|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||1005738|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||600000|
28 February, 2018
Christmas holidays celebrated in El Shaddai homes
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.