El Shaddai aims to alleviate poverty and facilitate lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable children and families living in the slums of Goa through education, health, and livelihood programs. Access to education and learning is non-existent in any slum. There are estimated to be more than 18 million street children in India. Poor parents don't have enough resources to send their children to schools and they end up doing domestic chores or getting into rag-picking and other anti-social activities. These deprived children are good at studies but struggle for timely education support.
We have identified 250 underprivileged children in the North and South districts of Goa, who are studying in Government schools and struggling for timely education support like notebooks, uniforms, clothes, shoes, pens, pencils, private convent school fees, and tuition fees. Our goal is to improve access & quality of education for 250 children through enrollment of deprived children in schools and regular attendance, sponsoring their school fees, and providing uniforms, shoes, school supplies and educational materials. A significant number of children come from backward communities. These communities face widespread discrimination.
This is a story of a girl who got an opportunity to start her schooling back. Aaruhi (name changed), 15, lives with her parents and two siblings in the Moti Dongor slums, Margao. Her father works as a rag picker, and her mother as a domestic helper. Many years back, her family migrated from Uttar Pradesh to Moti Dongor for a livelihood. She used to go to the village school to study, but after migrating, she had to leave the school.
After coming to Moti Dongor, she was always looking for an opportunity to study but could not succeed. Besides being not aware of the importance of education, her parents also didn't have any supporting documents necessary for her formal schooling. So, Aaruhi (name changed) always remained sad, which concerned her mother. Aaruhi (name changed) was always eager to find out ways to study. One day, she came across a boy in her neighbourhood, carrying books for informal schooling at Albert Good News Centre (AGNC). She inquired about the teaching and learning program, which made her inform her parents. This prompted her parents to approach the team of AGNC. Aaruhi (name changed) not only got enrolled in the program but excelled in academics as well as in computer and tailoring classes.
Aaruhi (name changed) gained much confidence to be a fast learner and self-dependent. Currently, she is appearing in her secondary examination at the National Institute of Open Schooling for the academic session 2023-2024. She considers her teachers her role model and aims to be a teacher. Aaruhi's (name changed) parents are thankful for AGNC and vouch for this program to be a blessing in disguise for urban slum kids.
We look forward to sharing with you news of new enrollments and many special activities and programs that the students will participate in during the coming academic year.
Thank you for being a part of El Shaddai’s continued success!
In this holiday season as we look back we are amazed by the progress made by the children with your support. India is one of the countries where poverty and illiteracy is a significant problem and is increasing rapidly. We see many children begging, being abused by their parents, child trafficking, and child labour.
Education is one of the ways that can help resolve this problem. It allows the child to explore and learn new things which in the long run prepares them for the future. Education can protect entire generations of at-risk communities from cycles of poverty. It can be the difference between freedom and lifelong exploitation.
In El Shaddai schools there are around more than 1000 children. They are provided with basic education and are taught in an experiential way that encourages the child to create, imagine and participate. Apart from studying, they are also engaged in extra-curricular activities like tailoring, dancing, making cards, singing, and sports.
Children answered the second assessment and also participated in the sports day program. All the children had a special celebration on children’s day all across all the units of El Shaddai.
We are feeling especially grateful for the difference you make in the lives of so many deserving girls and young women in Thailand. Thank you for continuing to give wings to their dreams.
We are truly grateful to all our donors, sponsors and supporters who remain committed to supporting us, going forward who have supported us through this difficult times. We are happy to present the report “Education can end exploitation of 1000 children”
Education has become the principal ladder for our individual aspiration and for our social ones. Being part of this society and responsible citizen our Organisation worked on several projects and one of the main essential project is “Education can end exploitation”. Through this project, El Shaddai supports the education of 1000 children for a year by enrolling them in formal and non-formal schools by, getting them school supplies running different projects all over states and providing a better platform to educate more and more slums and underprivileged children.
Education means studying in order to obtain a deeper knowledge and understanding of a variety of subjects to be applied to daily life. Education is not limited to just knowledge from books, but can also be obtained through practical experiences outside of the classroom and for better knowledge and values to reach each mind. El Shaddai Charitable Trust has been taking tremendous steps and different measures. Education is something that no one take away from you. Education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world and ESCT is on its way educating several underprivileged children, slums and those who are running in lack of money to educate their child.
Being self-confident is a major part of being successful in life. And what better way to gain that confidence than with education? So El Shaddai charitable trust doing their job of providing free education for all those who have never been to school for some or the other reasons. Through our shelters, community centers and schools, we ensure that these children get the basic knowledge where they come across the moral values of our day to day life, what is good and what is bad for each individual and society. A child spends nearly 6-7 hours in El Shaddai school (all school) which help them to come out their own shell of fear, insecurity, guilt, shamefulness and various other disorders.
They are taught number of co –curricular activities and make self-dependent for their upcoming future. So through this project El Shaddai enables 1000 and more children to have an education. Education helps in fight against poverty i.e Lack of funding, poor infrastructure, lack of good quality of education and accessibility all contribute the problems. The road to overcoming this problem is long but not impossible in India because it’s deeply rooted in the system but education is the strongest tool that can help in overcoming this issue step by step and El Shaddai trust has taken the responsibility to educate each child who lack education. Being a helping hand for all those families and children who want to get educated with all the necessary and possibilities of day to day life. El Shaddai trust helps all the slums children and poor background people to stand and walk hand in hand with the society.
Our heartfelt gratitude for your kind contributions and support towards this project and giving our children the wings to fly and climb the ladder towards success.
Childhood is not a race to be won; it’s an adventure of discovery to be relished. Our faculty provides an experiential way of learning which encourages the child to imagine, create, and participate. We believe in freeing the minds of children by allowing them to grow, realizing their own self, gaining momentum in the area of learning according to their interests, in their time. We do not encourage children to be coerced into learning but in immersing themselves with the natural inquisitiveness possessed by every human being. Creating a platform by facilitating the learning process is what we offer each child. We do not focus on the grading system but on enabling the children to internalize the new concepts they are introduced to. Our teachers take up the role of enablers and embrace the individuality of each child, nullifying the effects of collation. Our pivotal aim is to produce quality human beings, and to give the freedom of exploration, to see the learning process as a never-ending amusing experience.
Three phases of learning namely Group study, Individualized system, and Classroom system are practiced to develop children to achieve their full potential – intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. Children are taught in a play way method where they learn at their own pace with a great emphasis on becoming the best that they can be in all areas of life.
The main objective is to provide the best English medium education to the children and impart Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary education that is necessary and desirable through various developmental projects.
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El Shaddai Charitable Trust
From all of us here in El Shaddai we wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May the New Year bring to you lots of love, laughter, and joy.
We are happy to share with you that we have opened our El Shaddai Academy again after a long gap, and after seeing a very tough and unprecedented time. Though the time was tough but the hopes were high, we can now see the happiness on the faces of children. Our Teachers are also very happy seeing the children coming back to the school.
El Shaddai Academy currently caters to 228 children with 93 girls and 135 boys. The school helps in bringing a change in their lifestyle by giving an access to the education they deserve. The teachers encourage the children to learn by following a child centred approach and involving in play way method. The training on teaching methods and handling the children were also conducted for the teachers. The same has been continued to ensure that children will continue to be motivated to learn.
As far as COVID protocol is concerned children, staff, teachers and the visitors are ensured to wear mask all the time, sanitize, check their body temperature, and maintain social distancing. We have ensured safety from spreading COVID 19. Our school is also offering online class platform for the children who are not able to avail the regular class facilities.
General medical check-up was held by Public Health department, Siolim for all the children of El Shaddai. After the check-up, the doctors asked some of the children who had health issues to come to their centre the next day for proper treatment and care. Some of the higher class students and the teachers were given Covid Vaccination. This medical check-up has proved very beneficial for all our children and the teachers especially during the critical time.
Children had their second assessment and the open day also was held for the parents and in charges to know about their child’s performance. The children are focusing on reading, writing, and general knowledge. The school is planning to focus more on academic growth towards proficiency in English, Maths and communication skills along with general knowledge. Teachers are also adapting to the strategies of creative learning by educating themselves through the available school resources thereby keeping the child engaged in studies and other activities throughout the day. Teachers are meeting the child’s individual needs by assessing them at intellectual level, personality, motivation, skills, interests, study habits, self-esteem and the teacher-student relationship.
Extra-curricular and after school activities for the children are mentioned below:
Dance, music classes and football practice are held on daily basis for both boys and girls. Apart from this Table Tennis, Chess, Control Cricket, and Basketball are also conducted.
Poem recitation competition was held for Junior and Sub Junior category
Speech competition on Goan fighters was held for seniors on the occasion of Goa Liberation day
In the month of December children had red day and Christmas celebration focusing on significance red color and Christmas theme. Children also practiced carols during the season.
Thank you for your ongoing support towards empowering and educating underprivileged children in Goa. You are truly making a difference for these children with your generous support. Please share this with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.
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El Shaddai Charitable Trust
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