Primary education is compulsory and free for all children in India. But the children we work with come from families where no member has seen a school. For these families, a child is another bread earner. In the cities, these children are used to begging on the streets or working as menial labour with unscrupulous business owners for a few cents a day. The children use the money earned to buy food for themselves and their families. In many cases, the money is used to buy drugs.
Education is the key to break out of this cycle. We believe by educating a child, we give that child a chance at a future. The trajectory of that child and the family changes forever. The challenge is to make education of the child fun for the child as well as to impress on their families the importance of school to ensure a brighter future for their children.
Working with children in Goa, we found that most are not able to cope with regular schools. Unable to keep up, they drop out of the system and have no desire to return. We started the Shanti Niketan School in Assagao for these children in our care.
Children here learn at different levels but within one learning centre. Our system of education is child centred, and the teaching approach is activity based. There are three phases of learning: Group study, Individualized system and Classroom system.
The main aim behind starting the school was to provide street children with an all-around education in a non-competitive environment. We strive to provide a happy and secure environment, in which children can develop and achieve their full potential – intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually for a brighter future. We want to prepare children as individuals and members of society to provide them with experiences that will promote a love of learning and enhance spiritual awareness. We put great emphasis on our children becoming the best they can in all areas of life.
The school encourages street children and slow learning children to gain new hope through non-formal methods of learning. We enable the students to appear for public examinations and then join a College and University.
We want to formulate and further develop a school curriculum for Street Children that can be replicated throughout India.
We also reach out to children across Goa and neighbouring states with neighbourhood learning initiatives. We conduct coaching and remedial learning classes in our Shelters and Community Centres. Our focus in the slums and communities we work with is to ensure pre-primary schooling for the children. With parents working as day labour, these children are at potential risk, left alone. By providing them with a safe place to learn, we keep them off the streets and away frompossible abuse such as drugs, sex trafficking, begging and child labour.
Besides Shanti Niketan Centre for Learning, we run two other education projects.
El Shaddai runs the Blooming Buds Education Centre based in Mundgod, Karnataka and was started in June, 2012. We have around 180 underprivileged children attending educational activities conducted at this centre. This day care center focuses on Pre – Primary schooling for the children who are deprived of education. These children come from the nearby villages with the hope of a brighter future.
First Steps Playschool & Daycare began its journey in October 2012; it is a privately-run school with professional child care services for working parents. Our faculty has been fully committed to provide a care plan suitable to every individual’s needs with bright and spacious playrooms to promote learning at every stage. It also allows our children to socialise and integrate with the children of the community. Our system is designed to create successful learners where teaching and learning is integrated into real life experiences.
Bring Childhood back to the Children
Change does not happen overnight. Our Childhood Changemakers know this. Their regular donation gives children back their childhood and young lives can have a chance at futures.
Address: El Shaddai House Socol Vaddo, Assagao Goa-403507
Charity Reg. No: 009/IV/Vol.1 80G Tax Exemption No.: CIT/PNJ/E-1/142/80G/2009-10/944
FCRA Reg. No: 271830134, 12A Reg. No.: 718/E-2/12A/CIT/PNJ/1999-2000
Note: Donations to El Shaddai Charitable Trust is eligible for 50% Tax Exemption under 80G
A Charity you can Trust
In 2017-18 80% of all expenditure went into projects with the balance 20% going toward administrative and fundraising.
Click here to download our Annual Reports.