Ps. Mathew started his ministry amongst the poor with no money in Goa. He had a desire to start homes and shelters for the underprivileged and since then, Ps. Matthew Kurian had been helping children in need of care & protection.
Anita Edgar, a native of Britain, was on a trip in Goa when she saw many deprived children in need of help. The future for these young ones looked bleak. One Sunday morning, Anita Edgar came to his church and shared the same vision with him. Together they started a charity called El Shaddai Charitable Trust.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust 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”.
Victory House, the first home was opened in December 1997 at the hands of Mr. Duncan Watkinson. This home gave a safe and healthy environment for the slum and street children. This first property was taken on a short lease, situated at Chapora, near Vagator. Gradually the first batch started coming in; six children and more soon followed. They soon settled into the swing of it and enjoyed the love and care heaped upon them.
Shekinah House, El Shaddai’s Second children’s home was opened in April 1999. Although the Victory House was the first Home, the first house bought was Shekinah House, Assagao. Today there are more than 50 boys, in age group of 8 years to 16 years living in this home.
In April, by the grace of God, the generosity of our sponsors and well wishers, we were able to buy a new Victory House at Saligao. Today the house accommodates 65 boys in the age group of 6 years to 12 years who can then graduate to the elder boys home, Shekinah house.
Rainbow house is the girls home introduced in July 2001. The girls shifted to this home from Shekinah House. The name denoted the seven colours of hope for all, no matter which creed. There are currently approximately 47 girls aged from 8 to 16 years staying at Rainbow House. Apart from their studies, these girls are also involved in learning stitching, embroidery, tailoring, and other fun activities.
After 53 years of happy and content marriage, the death of his wife, Kathleen, left an indescribable void in Ted’s life. However, inspired by the words of Anita, Ted, aged 80, undertook a sponsored walk from Bristol to Ilfracombe, Devon, England, and raised funds to purchase and set up House of Kathleen. In April 2002, House of Kathleen was inaugrated for the little tots in the age group of 2 to 7 years.When the boys come to the age of 6, they move to Victory House and and when the girls come to the age of 7, they move to Rainbow House which is situated next door.
Our fieldworkers realized that there was a need to build a Day Care Shelter for the children in the street and slums. We believe that the best place a child can be is with good parents. So, El Shaddai decided to implement the Day Care Shelter concept. The first Shelter was named Asha Deep in April 2003, Panaji City. The name itself denotes that there is a light of hope for hundreds of street children in Panaji city. Today it is reaches out to more than 80 children.
On the 14th of November, 2004, Children’s Day in India, the ‘Manna Meals on wheels project’ was launched. It distributes a nutritious meal pack to children, women and sick people on the street, market places etc. with the slogan of “Let No Child Go Hungry”. We ensure that the children get at least one hot balanced meal a day. Every noon, in Calangute, Panaji and Margao, children await eagerly for the staff who distribute these lunch packets on a daily basis.
Reach World Wide Kerala 2005 – this is a community sponsorship project in the southern state of Kerala. Children from the ages of 8 to 16 years old are educated right from the 5th grade to the 12th grade after which they join regular colleges or technical institutions. Presently, 100 children are enrolled in this project. All these children come from the scheduled castes or scheduled tribes. Many of them are marked as the ‘UNTOUCHABLE CASTE’
Chiraag Ghar, (House of Light) was opened in 2006, Nagpur, as a children’s home for 30 children of women who were forced into commercial sexual exploitation. This gave them a chance at breaking a horrifying cycle, moulding a better future for themselves and their community as a whole. Our aim is to start homes and enable the respective community to manage it. We are proud to say that Chiraag Ghar is now independently run.
Faith Mission, started in June 2007, is a community centre located in Kottayam, Kerala. It is providing education and one time nutritious meal to poor children.
Wells for Life, Karnataka was started in December 2008. Wells For Life project of El Shaddai digs wells in the underprivileged villages of Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharastra. Bore wells have been sunk to provide safe drinking water. The wells are dug in a public area where every person without any discrimination of caste or religion can avail water to survive.
Bethel Children’s Development Centre in Adarhalli Karnataka started in June 2009. Adarhalli is a poverty-stricken village with poor living conditions. The first batch of children in the children’s home were from this village. Thus, El Shaddai decided to adopt this village and establish a community development centre. Today, it reaches out to 720 children in and around the village by providing education, nutritious meals, and counselling.
House of Norma was inaugurated on World Health Day, 7th April 2010. It provided the much needed love, care, protection and dignity to patients suffering from life threatening diseases. Now, House of Norma is a girls’ home open to all.
Goodnews community center is located in Moti Dongor. It was inaugurated in July 2011. The centre caters to empower children and women in the slum by providing them with education and vocational training classes.
Ashraya Community Centre is located in middle of Zuarinagar slum. It was launched in November, 2012. The center works to empower the slum children and women in the community.
El Shaddai Charitable Trust was certified by Credibility Alliance on the 27th of June, 2013.
Roshni Nilaya, El Shaddai’s fifth home was inaugurated in the month of June, 2014, Revora Colvale. It is providing residential care to roughly 50 boys in the age group of 6 years to 12 years.
Dream centre was inaugurated on the 15 July, 2015 in Chennai. The Centre has small group meeting in the slums towards Women Empowerment and creating awareness about hygiene, drug addiction and diabetes. The centre spreads awareness on child labour, child abuse, child marriage, and disease prevention during the monsoons.
El Shaddai was certified by Charities Aid Foundation, India.
Verna House, our seventh home for an estimate of 75 children, has been started. El Shaddai has been working in South Goa for many years. We have come across many children who needed care and protection. After a great effort and struggle, we managed to acquire a home and renovated it. This home has been started for the purpose of rescuing children of sex workers in and around the slums of Verna to give them a new hope.
When El Shaddai proudly set up its very first children’s home, Victory house, the charity warmly received an inaugural group of 15 children. These children and many more 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 economically poor or broken families in Goa and other parts of India. The compassionate organization now cares for over 3000 youth in seven states through 25 different projects.
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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