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El Shaddai Charitable Trust


Information Guide

This guide was compiled by some of our previous volunteers – please let us know if we need to add any information to this document

Document Author

Sponsorship Department


Ash Miles 2013

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Contents Page:
El Shaddai Profile, History, Children we help, Field work page 3
Education Programmes, Vision, Mission, Moto, Who we help , What we provide page 4
Residential homes, day care & night shelters, cottages, Educational units, page 5

other projects

Future projects, Success stories, Awards page 6
Volunteering, areas where volunteers are needed page 7
Fundraising, Beach visits, Medical page 8
Volunteering with ES, costings page 9
Volunteer team, dietary requirements, accommodation, transport, ES Policy, page 10

Dress code, smoking/drinking

Do’s & Don’ts, useful information, safety, cinema, climate, what to bring page 11

What to buy locally, money exchange, phones & internet, health precautions page 12

Health precautions cont, FAQ’s page 13
FAQ’s cont page 14
FAQ’s cont, arrival in Goa, during your time with us, end of your stay, what to page 15

do next?

Volunteer application form page 16
Volunteer application form page 17
Disclaimer page 18

El Shaddai Profile

El Shaddai is Charitable Trust is a registered Non-Profit, Non-Government Organization (NGO) Charity working in Goa and other states, implementing the Child Rights Act 2003/05 for orphans, street children and children coming from economically desperate conditions; Children are cared for and provided with food, clothing, shelter and education, to give them a better future. We have residential Children’s Homes, Day Care & Night Shelters, and Cottages for the older who are now attending colleges, technical institutions and professional training centres in Goa.

In addition we have outreach projects in Mumbai, Nagpur, Chennai, Karnataka, Kerala, and Bangalore.
El Shaddai History

El Shaddai means “Lord of comfort, provider of all”. We are a Christian organization helping under privileged children from all religions backgrounds and castes. While in our care the children follow Christian principles. We focus on their personal development giving them opportunities to change their lives through education.

Anita Edgar came to Goa on holiday in 1996. She saw children begging, many covered in skin diseases and mothers forcing their children to work and beg for a living. God gave her a vision to open homes and shelters for these children. She met Pastor Matthew Kurian who told her he had a vision 2 years before that someone from England would come and help him help open homes for the these deprived children. Together they started El Shaddai working in the slums and the first home opened twelve months later for 15 children.

El Shaddai was founded in 1997 under the aegis of the Founders Matthew Kurian and Anita Edgar, with seven members forming the Board of Trustees under whom the Management and Staff function.
Charity Registration Number in India No. 9/Bk. IV/Vol.1

Charity Registration Number in the UK 1076768

Charity Registration Number in Australia In process

Charity Registration Number in the US 501 (c) (3) US federal tax exempt status

Charity Registration Number in Holland 108697

Charity Registration Number in Germany 91065/09649
The Indian Charity was formerly certified to ISO 9001:2000 in 2005
Our Founders:

Anita Edgar (UK & Goa) anita@childrescue.net

Matthew Kurian (Goa) matthew@childrescue.net

The children we help and their backgrounds

For those who have visited India will have undoubtedly seen many children from the slums rag picking and begging. These children and families come to Goa from other States in India seeking a “better life”. They construct makeshift homes, often simply of polythene and a few branches. The land they squat on is usually owned by someone who either charges a high rent or have the Police evict them, so they go from place to place searching for somewhere to live. The children can earn between 50p- £1 a day in the markets or from rag picking or begging.

The common problem throughout most Street Children’s life is their alcoholic parents

Who spend much of their day intoxicated leaving the children to fend for themselves or sending them on the streets to work or beg. If tourists give money, the families will

never let their children attend school, as the income from begging is too high to give up. Only give fruit or water to begging children, not money and encourage anyone you know to do the same.

Field Work

Our night shelters and day care centres help the street children in most need, offering a place of safety during the day and at night for emergencies and those at risk. In all of our Day Care Centres and Night Shelters we have Field Workers who go on the streets and into the slums to make contact with the children and their families. Much of their work is based around gaining the trust of the children’s families, explaining it is in the best interest for the whole family the children attend our Shelters to receive food, clothing and education. We also help the families obtain the correct documentation for their children to gain admission to school. Many of the families are totally illiterate so have not even obtained a birth certificate for their children. Once a child is settled with us in a Day Care Centre and we feel they could cope with the discipline of school we will endeavor to gain them entry into a local school. This brings huge benefits to the children both in terms of education and discipline.

It is important to keep families together in the villages they are from with the people they know. We have had instances where some children who have studied away from their families have found it hard to be repatriated back into their homes and villages. This also helps to discourage migrants moving to already heavily populated towns and cities.
Our Educational Programmes

There are 3 types of education we offer our children. Government formal, private formal and non formal.

The Government formal schools (GFS) for primary students are mostly in the local language, Konkani, Marathi and Hindi. Grade 4 students (10 years and above) are taught in English. Children from the night shelters and day care centres attend GFS.

Shanti Niketan our non formal school is located in the village of Assagao. A dedicated team of teachers guide the students through their studies in a wide range of subjects including sports, arts and crafts.

Classes are based on the ability of the students and not on age. The lessons are taught in a creative manner by using flash cards, charts, drawing and involve lots of interaction between the teacher and students. Individual attention is given to slower learners and their day-to-day progress is monitored.
Our students are always keen to display their talents and achievements. Activities include poetry, drawing, acting, essay writing or poster making competitions. This method is far more fun for both the students and teachers.

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