El Shaddai Children’s Home – India
Current phase of support:
0 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Igatpuri is a town and a Hill Station municipal council in Nashik District in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
6 SQ. MILE 31,572 POP.
India has the largest child population in the world. However, children there face unimaginable hardships. Most do not attend school regularly, pressured to go to work and earn money for their families. It is estimated that there are nearly 60 million child laborers in India. Health is also a struggle, as nearly 2 million of India's 27 million children born per year do not live to the age of 5. For those who do, nearly 40% suffer from malnutrition. These issues combined make children the most vulnerable in India.
El Shaddai Children's Home helps rescue and love the most vulnerable in India: children.
El Shaddai Children's Home first began back in the 1970's with a mission to rescue children from the Red Light District in Mumbai, India. After 25 years of operation both founders passed away and the home went broke. The founder's families didn't give up hope as they prayed that God would send someone to help rescue the home. After 12 years of prayer, Reverend Ken Anderson came to visit India in 2013 and immediately felt compassion for the home after hearing it's story. He approached Church of God World Missions with the idea of providing funding to the home and they immediately jumped on board to help.
Today, the home is in the process of refurbishing the property so they can take in even more children in the future. With the help of donors the home can make their mission of rescuing these children a possibility!
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
El Shaddai is located in a poor and rough part of Mumbai. Poverty causes most parents to leave their children in order to try and find food and money to provide for them. Family conflict also causes children to slum on the streets because they're trying to escape dangerous home lives.
Because the home is so close to the Red Light District of Mumbai, sex trafficking is a huge issue. Most of the children are rescued from that area in order to keep them from having to be on the streets to work.
Abuse is also an issue that drives children out onto the streets. According to UNICEF, over 53% of children in India are subjected to sexual abuse. Most won't report when it happens because of fear.
The home consists of older, British style cottages that are used as dorms and a ministry center. They are in the process of refurbishing some of these buildings in order to accommodate more children and add certain elements such as a girls dorm, rec room, and cafeteria. The boys dorm currently holds up to 50 and the girls dorm will hold up to 48 upon completion.
The children at El Shaddai are provided with three meals a day. The meals all consist of rice, chapati, vegetables, and a little bit of meat. The children also receive milk and tea on a daily basis. The home grows their own vegetables in a garden and raises their own goats for milk.
The children also receive medical attention and care from a private doctor who lives next door.
The home makes sure that their number one goal is reaching Jesus to these children. They all participate in morning and evening prayer every day, as well as devotions. The children also attend church services on Sundays.
All school aged children attend public or private school that are close to the home.