A holiday with her elder daughter in 1996 to Goa changed Anita’s life completely.She was absolutely devastated when she found so many children living on the streets with no homes. She works in Goa, the UK, and other countries with great enthusiasm and drive raising funds and promoting the much-needed work of El Shaddai.
Ps. Matthew is the Founder and Managing Trustee of El Shaddai Charitable Trust. He began his working career in the hospitality sector of his home town Cochin, Kerala. After completing his BTH course in 1993, he came to Goa and started working to help alcoholics and drug addicts. He started El Shaddai Charitable Trust in the year 1997. He has 26 years of work experience.
Wife of Mr. Mathew Kurian and the founder of Shanti Niketan – Non formal School, founded in 2000, Saligao. Currently executing and contributing towards Managing and Education Planning of El Shaddai and other projects in Goa by directing activities of specific departments.
Mr. Paresh Tewary is known for ensuring sustainable growth of non-profits through strategic 360 degree interventions. His expertise spanning UN, Business Chambers, Corporate, Government Policy, Grass root to Global helps in comprehensive assessment of needed focus encompassing technology, structure, project mode, result orientation, business development, communication, capacity strengthening and increasing the pie. FCRA, advocacy, immunization, education for all, clean drinking water, energy, health, girl child, equity, environment are some verticals of his significant contributions. The ‘National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business’ co-authored by him have been mandated by SEBI for adoption and reporting by top 500 companies by market capitalization, in India. Widely travelled, he is a mentor, trainer, and good listener and speaker.
Ben H Berson a training professional, is a top ranking mechanical engineer, alumnus of the Karunya university, and a rank holder in MTech (Modelling and simulation ) and MPhil (Maritime Strategy and Operational Art). He joined the navy in 1991 as an Education Officer and honed his training skills at the Naval Institute of Education Training Technology, Kochi, where he resides currently.
He has held various appointments in the navy, ranging from instructorship at the Naval Academy and Gunnery School. He has also headed Education Departments at training units been the Head of Faculty (Basic Sciences) at the Indian Naval Academy. He has also tenured as Principal of Sainik school Kodagu. Currently as the joint director at NIETT, he runs ‘Train the Trainer’ programs for instructors in the navy.
Ben has been deeply involved in charity work. He reaches out to prisons, orphanages and drug addicts on a regular basis. He is also a motivational speaker covering topics such as leadership, winning attitude, goal setting, overcoming difficulties etc.
He is deeply interested in the outdoors and runs and plays squash and golf. His wife Princy is a civil engineer and they have three daughters who are doing their studies.
Shobha Vishwananth is the founder of Weaver’s Village, Trivandrum, a social enterprise working for Triple Bottom Line to revive pit looms and promote art, literature and sustainable fashion. She is also the co founder of SARSAS (Save A Rupee, Spread A Smile). She was born and brought up in Kerala and now strives to inspire people and spread smiles.
Pastor Robert D’Roza is the Founder and President of Hope Ministries, Bangalore. He is a well known Speaker on the subject of Family Life all over the world. His educational qualifications include a Bachelor of Ministry Degree, Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Christian Leadership and a Diploma in Church Management. Additionally, he has thirty years of experience in counseling across a wide spectrum, covering couples with marital problems, drug and alcoholic addicts, those suffering with depression and emotionally disturbed kids. He is also a Corporate Trainer – and conducts training workshops on the subjects of Family Life Enrichment, Time Management and Work Life Balance.
Advocate Thomas joined a leading Legal Firm in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, M/S. Devadason & Sagar as a trainee till enrolment as an Advocate from the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in March 1997 (Enrollment No. 301/97). He is now the owner of his partnership firm “Thomas & Associates” with a team of eight juniors. He has more than 17 years of work experience in this field.
Joined the ESCT in the year 2004 as Maintenance Incharge. Currently holds the position of Project Manager dealing with legal matters, liasoning, registration etc.
Joined as Sponsorship Assistant in the year 2006, He was later promoted to Human Resources and now holds the position of a Manager.
A student of El Shaddai, Carol joined the Organization as a Trainee in HR Department in the year 2011. Now she holds the position of HR Executive which involves hiring, job training, employee relations, HR administration, organization structure etc.
Joined in the year 2006 as a primary teacher, then as a Secondary teacher. Now Jenifer is the Headmistress of Shanti Niketan School.
Joined as an Assistant In Charge & Field Worker at Stepping Stones, one of our Day Care Centres, in the year 2009. Stanly now holds the position of State Coordinator which involves monitoring the smooth running of Day Care Shelters & Community Centres.
Daughter of Matthew and Julia Kurian, Tasha Mathew joined El Shaddai in 2017 as the Content Editor. She is a current Psychology major at Regent University, Virginia, U.S. and works part – time with El Shaddai to help plan, create, edit, and publish work done by El Shaddai.
Usha is the house incharge for Kathleen House, our fourth home, situated in Assagao together with Shekinah House, House of Norma & Rainbow House. It now has around 50 to 70 of our youngest children aged from 2 to 7; both boys and girls. We conduct different types of fun-filled activities for the children such as dramas, musical chairs, blind man’s buff, drawing, and colouring etc.
Jithu is the assistant incharge of Shekinah House, our second home, situated in Assagao together with House of Norma, House of Kathleen, and Rainbow House. It was inaugurated in the year 2000. There are around 50 to 70 boys aged 10 and above living in Shekinah House enjoying love and freedom.
Dinesh if the house incharge of Victory House, our first home started in the year 1997 in a rented home in Vagator – Goa. In 2000, we managed to buy a run down house in Saligao. We renovated and shifted Victory House there. It is a home filled with fun and activities for roughly 70-80 children between the age of 8-12 years.
Joel Raie is the house incharge of Roshni Nilaya, our fifth Home, situated in Revora. It is a home for around 50 to 70 boys approximately, aged 6 to 10 years. The boys enjoy participating in quizzes, talent shows, dances, dramas, and games/competitions. The home is tucked away from all the noise and situated in a beautiful village near Revora Church.
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