Stories of Change

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Food or Education – the dilema of less fortunate parents

The choice of the kind of food to order in a restaurant or the school to send our child to is pretty straightforward. And yet, we see ourselves labouring over these decisions. Now consider the case where your decision was a matter of life or death. That’s...

How donating can benefit you on a personal level

The act of donation is a gift of love to those children who never experienced childhood, and also the invisible warmth of a parent to those children who do not have a family. The act of donation has a unique psychological effect on the donor; the donor...

“I will travel the world”

Laxman Haibathi came to El Shaddai homes in 2003 at a very young age, with two of his siblings. They had lost their mother and the father was a migrant who moved from site to site in search of jobs. Laxman and the brothers did not have any...

Sport is a powerful tool to social and economic mobility

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."- Muhammad Ali As rightly said by the champion himself, sports can offer more than a pipe dream. Through sports people can gain confidence...

“Now my small family can live happily together”

One morning, as I was passing by the El Shaddai shelter, I entered and asked if they had a vacancy. I was offered a job as a Support Staff in the Shanti Niketan School. At the time, my two children were at home and were not attending any school. I was...

Challenges in Educating Children at Risk

“Every child is a caring adult away from being a success story” - Josh Shipp Poverty, single parenting, child labour, vulnerability, negligence, low parental education levels are the main risk factors of the children at risk. Understanding children-at-risk...

Stories of Change: Babita’s dreams of becoming a teacher

Teaching gives her a new direction in life Babita, one of our children who studied in Shanti Niketan had a dream to be independent and have her own family. Her parents are from Karnataka. Being one of six children, the parents were not able to...

Anita: Pure Innocence

Eight-year-old Anita lives in House of Norma. She has been with us since 4th June 2012. Anita has two elder sisters and a younger brother who suffers from a medical condition in which he needs a blood transfusion every month. The father works as a labourer...

Adithya: Loving at 11

Adithya a cheery-faced lad and lives in the Verna House. He’s 11 years old and has been with us since 17th February 2014. But it has not always been this way for Adithya. His parents migrated to Goa with the family, in search of work. They are a family of...

Will you play too?

Anita holds up a little white card before the two little girls sitting with her. She leans forward and asks, “Can you tell me what’s this word?” Her voice is soft, her big eyes twinkling behind red-rimmed glasses. The little pony-tailed girl sitting before...

Creativity in the Streets

Excited little faces line the front rows at the Lohia ground in Margao. The children are dressed in vibrant colours. Polka dotted and multi-coloured tiered skirts mixed with traditional Indian sarees. The Lohia was where a group of freedom...