El Shaddai Charitable Trust (El Shaddai) was established with an objective to provide food, shelter and education to homeless, poor and destitute or underprivileged children and to make them responsible citizens. They do this by creating and maintaining an environment in which children experience a homely atmosphere. They also run Cottages for the seniors who are 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 children’s homes for 308 children who have been orphaned, abandoned or abused, homeless and the poor living on the street. Around 266 children are educated in a non-formal school on their premises, while some boys and girls study outside their campus. 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. They also provide medical camps for slum dwellers with the cooperation of Primary Health Centers.
Child Aid Unit: Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) is one of their unit set up to help children and their rights. SCAN is committed to protecting 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 works towards improving the status of children. They also conducted awareness programs in collaboration with NGOs working in the field of child rights.
Shanti Niketan School: The Shanti Niketan School is a non-formal educational institution with an aim to provide the basic education and life skills is a non-competitive, happy and secured environment. They also teach children at a government-run shelter called ‘Apna Ghar’. They also help educate slum children in several government schools. They have approximately 240 children between the age group of 3–18 years who avail educational facilities through their school.
Community Centers: El Shaddai runs six community center’s where the children are provided tuition facilities, vocational training for developing skills. It also conducts outreach programs to communicate with a large number of families living in slums.