El Shaddai Charitable Trust (El Shaddai) aims to provide food, shelter and education to homeless, poor and destitute or underprivileged children and to make them responsible citizens. They seek to do this by creating and maintaining an environment in which children experience a homely atmosphere. They also run cottages for seniors attending University, colleges, technical institutions and professional training centers & working with them as trainees and staff.
Their initiatives include:
Homes and Shelters: El Shaddai runs six homes, housing 308 children, who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused, homeless and the poor living on the street. They also run three day care centers where children are given nutritious meals, education and guidance. Many more children come to the shelter for medical and first aid. Medical camps are also conducted for slum dwellers.
Child Aid Unit: Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) is a unit established to help children get their rights protect children from abuse and all forms of exploitation like sexual abuse, physical abuse and prostitution. SCAN also works to create awareness and disseminate information on laws related to children and improve their status. They also conduct awareness programs in collaboration with NGOs working in the field of child rights.
Shanti Niketan School: This is a non-formal educational institution which aims to provide basic education and life skills in a non-competitive, happy and secured environment. Children are taught at a government-run shelter called ‘Apna Ghar’. Approximately 266 children, aged 3–18 years, avail educational facilities through this school.
Community Centers: Six community centers are operated where children are provided tuition facilities, and vocational training for developing skills. Outreach programs are conducted to communicate with a large number of families living in slums. Beneficiaries are provided with community sponsorship facility with free educational and school requirements. Till date, over 1,000 beneficiaries have been reached out to through the community and day care centers.
Manna Khana Program: “Meals On Wheels”, Manna Khana program, provides atleast one nutritious meal to the poor, disabled living on streets, slums & roadside. Around 250 people per weekday are provided food in Margao, Panaji and Calangute.