Working with children at four levels to drive change
Every child has a divine right to grow in a loving, caring family. But many are denied this right. Our mission is to change that. El Shaddai Charitable Trust works with children from the streets, slums and underprivileged sections of society in Goa at four levels to drive change.
At the most urgent level are children at risk. ESCT runs Homes for children at risk of abuse within their homes, on the street, and orphans. Next, street children can access our day care shelters and community centers where they receive a nutritious mid-day meal, a place to clean up and after-school remedial classes. For many of these children, the meal they receive in the shelter is their only meal of the day. These centers also provide vocational training to youth.
We believe education is the way out of the cycle of poverty. For this reason, we run a non-formal school where children can learn at their own pace and appear for public exams when ready. Our children have gone on to higher education in the fields of management, engineering, catering and hotel management.
Finally, we work in collaboration with government agencies to advocate for children and children’s rights.
The Grand Hyatt Goa has partnered with ESCT for several years. Children from ESCT receive opportunities to intern at the resort. Several graduates have gone on to careers in hospitality. Staff of the Grand Hyatt also volunteer regularly at homes and shelters and have conducted workshops on food hygiene for our children and their parents, who are mainly migrant laborer's, living in unhealthy conditions in slums.
The Hyatt Community Grant will enable us to increase the number of youths we reach through our vocational training courses. Courses that include nursing, tailoring and computer skills. Part of the grant will also be used to improve facilities in football and cricket coaching that we provide to children in our care. ESCT football team plays in the Goa Football Federation’s under-17 league.