Desperate to escape from poverty and in search of for livelihoods, entire families give up their ancestral homes in their villages and end up living in slums in Goa. Here, the children are at the most significant risk. Both parents usually are out all day working as daily wage labourers. Out of school, the children roam the streets, selling trinkets to tourists or begging. Exposed and alone, the children often end up in conflict with the law, either through the drug trade or prostitution.
Our Day Care Shelters provide a haven for the children at risk on the streets. Children are enrolled in local schools and encouraged to attend by providing them with books, uniforms and shoes. After school, they come to the shelter where they enjoy a nutritious meal and receive tuitions and career guidance. Regular health check-ups ensure primary health care and development. In the evening, the children return to their homes, once their parents return from work.
The children on the street deserve childhoods like every other child. El Shaddai helps them to get back their childhood, an education and a better life. It gives them a chance to dream again and have hope for the future. Through education, we believe the next generation can be lifted out of the cycle of poverty. Children who have gone through our homes, today run their own businesses or are in employment in offices, hotels and factories. We believe change is possible, one life at a time.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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