Why Support El Shaddai
Hi Paul here,
I’ve never put any thing like this on my websites before so I hope you don’t mind me doing this.
I’ve just been very fortunate to of spent 10 weeks in Goa-India, during those 10 weeks I was involved as a volunteer worker/friend of the El Shaddai.
This allowed me to get to know the charity and some of the children very well.
The stories I was told had me in tears, it really was/is heartbreaking to hear what they have been through, that’s why I’ve decided to continue my work with El Shaddai, not just as a volunteer worker/friend of the family but also as a fund raiser and a sponsor. ( My goal is to raise/donate £10,000 a year )
Let me tell you a little bit more about El Shaddai…
El Shaddai ChildRescue was started in 1996 in Goa, India. With over a decade experience in the field of helping children from under-privileged backgrounds to develop their full potential, we have established a credable reputation both among supporters as well as with the Government who turn to El Shaddai for helping in areas of women and child development.
Our sincere efforts and reputation have earned us recognition including the National Award for Child Welfare 2008, presented to our co-founder Matthew Kurian by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt of India, at the hands of Ms Sonian Gandhi, Chairperson of the UPA and president of the National Congress party.
El Shaddai ChildRescue are very conscious of there role as caretakers, entrusted to do the will of God. They try to ensure that the majority of there annual expenditure goes towards program activities for children in there care. Audited accounts are open to all supporters and well-wishers at our head office in Assagao, Goa.
Help Make a Difference:
By supporting El Shaddai, you will ensure a brighter future for a child in an under-privileged family. What’s more, you can also help make a difference to whole communities, through our Community Welfare programmes.
All supporters and well-wishers are welcome to visit El Shaddai projects to see first hand the impact your support is making on the ground.
Vision & Mission:
“Bringing childhood to children who have never had it”.
El Shaddai as an organisation exists to open Homes and Shelters for the abandoned Street Children and for children coming from economically poor or broken families providing them with the basics necessities of life, so developing their personalities leading to a brighter future. To established support systems for the weaker sections viz. women & children of our society. To conduct awareness and educational programmes including medical camps among the slum dwellers.
When grandmother Anita Edgar took a last minute holiday to India in December 1996, she never dreamt it would change her life so dramatically.
She went on holiday to recover from long hours at work nursing and seventeen journeys driving aid trucks to Albania, Romania and Bosnia.
Three days into her holiday Anita, from Devon, England, was horrified to see hundreds of deprived children, some begging, some rag picking or forced to collect rubbish for recycling just to survive. They had no birth certificates and so were denied education and healthcare, inevitably facing a grim future.
She said,“The poverty really shocked me. I felt I had to do something.”
While praying one morning God gave her a vision to open Homes for deprived children and orphans. Later she met a young Christian on the beach who introduced her to the Faith Community Church and their Pastor, Matthew Kurian. He had started to help the slum children in the area two years previously. Anita proved to be his missing, God given link. Together they set up the El-Shaddai Charitable Trust. This Trust is now an International Registered Charity.
Anita returned to England and set about raising funds for a Children’s Home. At first the reaction was disappointing but soon her prayers answered. As the funds started coming in, Anita returned to Goa and set up a school and health clinics in the slums. A search was soon underway for a suitable property for the first Children’s Home.
Anita, Pastor Matthew with his wife Julia worked tirelessly to start the Charity. Anita eventually gave up her home and job in the UK and lives with Matthew and Julia in Goa for seven months every year.
The remaining months she embarks on extensive and exhausting fundraising tours around the UK, Europe and USA. With her Power Point Presentations, video and a huge amount of enthusiasm she presents the Charity to anyone inclined to listen. She is always looking for new venues!
El Shaddai Charitable Trust (India)
El Shaddai House
Charity No. 9/IV/1
El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd (UK)
5 Manore Court, Victoria Square,
Holsworth, Devon, EX22 6AA
Charity No. 1076768
If you or someone you know are interested in making a donation to El Shaddai please simply click the button below. ( 100% of the donation goes to El Shaddai) Thank you for your help & support.