Village Level Interventions
Our partner, El Shaddai India, has been working with street slum communities in Goa since its formation in 1997. During this period it became aware of the large number of migrants arriving in Goa whom originate from poor village communities in neighbouring states. Consequently, El Shaddai India decided to adopt a strategy which would break the cycle of migration from village to slum. In this regard, grants from El Shaddai Charitable Trust to El Shaddai India have helped to establish and continue to support a series of community centres, schools and outreach schemes which offer educational and vocational support to these communities.
In the village of Mundgod in Karnataka, El Shaddai India runs Mundgod Community Centre. The centre has a dual purpose, offering early year’s education through Blooming Buds School and vocational training in subjects such as computer training.
Bethel Community Centre is also operated by El Shaddai India serving the areas of Adaralli and Belhati, Karnataka. This centre offers academic and vocational training, in addition to running a well building programme. The centre is also responsible for the regular distribution of livestock (goats and chickens) within the local community.
El Shaddai supports two particular villages, Hupari and Khed, in Maharashtra through its Wells for Life and Community Sponsorship programmes. These programmes help communities acquire access to clean water through the construction of wells and provide financial support to poor families to fund the education of their children.
El Shaddai India provides financial support for the Faith Mission project in Kerala. This project is not staffed by employees of El Shaddai India, however it does receive financial support from El Shaddai India to assist with the running costs of this community educational centre, which majors on providing extra academic tuition to the children in the local community.
The Dream Centre, Chintadripet, is located in one of the largest slums in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which is home to over 10,000 people. The needs of this area were brought to the attention of El Shaddai India by one of its long-standing trustees, who felt that El Shaddai had the capacity to positively influence the lives of the local people. As a consequence, the Dream Centre, El Shaddai’s newest project, was inaugurated on July 18, 2015. This project will take the form of a community centre which will offer educational classes, vocational training, health camps and various other community outreach initiatives.
Wells for Life