The story of El Shaddai begins with our co – founders Mr. Mathew Kurian and Ms. Anita Edgar. In the year 1994, Mr. Mathew started his Ministry amongst poor with no money in Goa. He had a desire to start Homes and Shelters for underprivileged and since then, Mr. Kurian had been helping Goan children in need.
In 1996, Ms. Anita Edgar, A British lady during her trip to Goa saw many deprived children in need of help. The future for these young ones looked bleak. One Sunday morning Ms. Anita Edgar met Pastor Matthew KURIAN who was the pastor of Faith community church and shared the same vision with him and together they started a Charity called El Shaddai Charitable Trust. It was founded in 1997 to care and nurture the homeless and destitute children, giving them a better future. It’s Hebrew meaning is “Lord of Comfort Provider of All”.
When El Shaddai proudly set up its very first children’s home, Victory house, the charity warmly received an inaugural group of 15 children. They and others, whose lives have been touched by El Shaddai’s programs over the years, have now achieved economic independence and stability in life.
The Children’s Home lights a beacon of hope for the children of migrant workers as they are given a chance to expand their horizons in many ways. Now El Shaddai is working with abandoned street children and those from the economically poor or broken families in Goa and the other parts of India.
The compassionate organization now cares for more than 4000 children in four states through 25 different projects. Matthew Kurian says: “Every child is very precious. Every child is a success story. For me, the opportunity to work with a child is a success”.
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