The children of Verna house are very thankful to all of our wonderful donors for giving them a chance at a brighter future. These children had little or no hope in their poor deprived living conditions, in poverty and in hunger. These children used to live I slums or by the road side without proper care or a chance at a proper education. Today they are enjoying a chance at a new and brighter future.
Verna House has been a big blessing to about 75 such children, They have healthy meals, can sleep comfortably, get an education and are surrounded by the love and care of the El Shaddai staff. They play together and study together. They are truly blessed by all that you, as their sponsors and well-wishers have done for them
They have celebrated Christmas, New Years and a lot of other activities which wouldn’t be possible if they were living on the streets. A quick visit to the Verna House will fill your heart with such joy and compassion that words would have a hard time explaining.
If you are visiting Goa, please do come and see the children in Verna House or follow the news on El Shaddai Charitable Trust social pages. The visiting timings at Verna House is 4.30 to 6.00pm. It would be nice if you are around in South Goa, do visit the children. We hope to have your continuous association and support. Thank you!
Verna House, The El Shaddai Charitable Trust seventh home for an estimate of 75 children, has been started through your generous support. El Shaddai has been working in South Goa for many years; we had come across many children who need care and protection. After great effort, we managed to acquire a home, partially with the fund received from GlobalGiving Partners and renovate 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.
The Verna home primary beneficiaries are the children of commercial sex workers, street children and children from the slums. Our field workers from the Stepping Stones and Ashraya Community Centre had conducted regular consultations with the members of the slums and communities in this region of Zuarinagar, Varnapuri and Baina. This has formed the basis of assessing the need of the community and through it we have understood that setting up of a Children’s Home was the need of the hour to see a holistic change in the community and we El Shaddai set about to establish a home in Verna, south Goa.
Our main aim was to establish a Children’s Home in South Goa to care, support, counsel and accommodate children from street and especially those belonging to sex workers and other economically marginalized children by providing holistic and individualized care and quality of life. Presently there are 45 children housed in the home as the facilities are upgraded we will increase the intake of the children. There are many children going through the admission procedure. The children are admitted in a convent School name Our Lady of Succor Primary School Verna Goa, and are studying in 1st to 5th class. As these children are coming from villages and from poor backgrounds they are learning to speak in English and Hindi. All the children have well settled in the home. The children are also finding the school work little challenging but with the help of extra coaching and continuous support from the staff they are slowly progressing. The neighbors have been very supportive and encouraging the work of El Shaddai Charitable Trust, they are happy to have Verna House children’s home in their neighborhood
The setting up of Verna home will see care, protection and education being given to children for their better future.
We At El Shaddai would like to sincerely thank all donors who have generously donated through GlobalGiving to “The Build a Home for 75 slum/street children”
Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.
Once upon a time, these children in Verna house had no hope in their poor deprived living conditions, in poverty and in hunger. They would have no proper clothes on them, no place to rest and not even a single healthy meal a day. These children were living in the slum huts, on the road footpaths or on the railway stations; some of them just came from their poor villages in Karnataka and Maharastra where they did not go to school.
It has been like a heaven for them to come into a home like Verna house. They not only got a safe place to live, clothes to cover their naked body and hot nutritious meals to eat but also now they get to go to school, they are taken care by loving staff and have many friends to play various games and watch TV. These little hearts are really grateful for your support and love.
It was their first Christmas and New year celebration in the new home. The children loved the children's party and special food treats and not only that they also got their first Christmas gifts ever - which they loved.
If you are visiting Goa, please do come and see the children in Verna House or follow the news on El Shaddai Charitable Trust social pages. We hope to have your continuous association and support. Thank you!
Thank you for your contribution to open the new children's home. The Verna House was opened on 24th July 2017 with 14 children in the age group of 7th 12 years of age. The capacity of the house is to accommodate 75 children. There are many children going through the admission procedure. Mr. Paremesh is the Incharge in the home along with an Assistant Incharge and a Cook. The children are admitted in a convent School name Our Lady of Succour Primary School Verna Goa. The children are studying in 1st to 5th class. As these children are coming from villages and from poor backgrounds they are learning to speak in English and Hindi the Indian national language. All the children have well settled in the home. The children are also finding the school home - work little difficult but with the help of extra coaching and continuous support from the staff, they are slowly progressing.
The neighbors have been very supportive and encouraging towards the work of El Shaddai Charitable Trust. The Verna House had many neighbors visit the place with sweets, biscuits, and fruits for the children. They are happy to have Verna House children’s home in their neighborhood.
The food is cooked in the home. The menu is the same as other home menus which include three times nutritious meals and evening snack.
The visiting timings at Verna House is 4.30 to 6.00pm. It would be nice if you are around in South Goa, do visit the children. The home is yet to buy Television, Beds and other requirements for the house.
Yesterday I had a chance to visit theVerna House. I hopped on my motorbike and drove to South Goa Verna House. It's a beautiful building with spacious rooms, enough place in front and back for children to play. The structure of the house is very different, it is royal from any other six children's home of El Shaddai in Goa. As you enter there are two spacious rooms, office area, a staircase leading to an assembly hall and a room, the back door like a wide passage goes to the toilets/bathroom, Dining room and the kitchen. The balcony like outside is bordering an open space where children can play.
The house is already, the roof tiling, Painting, Carpentry and Masonry work has been completed. Electric and plumbing work is going to be done by the June month end. We are yet to furnish the kitchen and the house.
The house is empty and needs the furnishing and all the other household requirements so that the children have at least the basic things to live. The children are all excited and are ready to move in by next week.
It would be a great help if you could or ask your friends, colleagues to help El Shaddai buy Kitchen items, utensils and other basic needs for the children's home.
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