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For India's Deserving Youth: El Shaddai Children’s Rescue & Living Hope Children’s Home (In Hindi)      
Today’s Good People, Good Works will be presented in Hindi and English, with subtitles in Arabic, Aulacese (Vietnamese), Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.

Mr. Kurian (m): Every child is very precious. Every child is a success story. For me, the opportunity to work with a child is a success.

HOST(IN HINDI): Intelligent viewers, welcome to another heartwarming episode of Good People, Good Works. Today we visit two remarkable children’s charities in the fast-developing natio of India. Both provide underprivileged youngsters with life’s basic necessities while simultaneously preparing them for a better future.

Ninga(m): In El Shaddai, we get love, care, affection and everything, and plus they do it in the best possible way. All their staff encourage us, they never discourage us, but always encourage. I feel like one day I’ll become a successful man and I will be a better person in the future.

HOST: The story of El Shaddai ChildRescue begins with Anita Edgar, a British lady who took a last minute holiday to India in December 1996. During her trip, she visited the state of Goa and saw many deprived children needing assistance. Among other issues they faced, they had no birth certificates and therefore could not access education or healthcare. The future for these young ones looked bleak.

While praying one morning, Ms. Edgar had a vision from God – she should help the less fortunate children and orphans by opening a home for them. Through the Lord’s arrangement, she later met Pastor Matthew Kurian and his wife Julia, both of whom had been helping Goan children in need for more than two years. Together they decided to form El Shaddai.

Mr. Kurian (m): El Shaddai is a Hebrew word, from the Old Testament. That's a word that God said to Abraham. It means, that “God of comfort, provider of all.”

HOST: El Shaddai is a non-profit charitable group that aids abandoned street children, orphans and those from dysfunctional or economically unstable families in Goa and elsewhere in India. The compassionate organization now cares for over 3,500 youth in seven states through 25 different projects.

Ninga (m): In 1997, El Shaddai had come to visit our village; and they spoke to us, saying would you like to come and do your education (with us) and we will provide you everything, all the facilities.

Pama(m): I’m very happy that my teacher has taught me everything. And I want to say to the ChildRescue that I am really happy that they brought me over here and made (me) learn many things. If they were not there, surely I could not study and all, and could not speak English. and all.

HOST: El Shaddai has numerous initiatives that address a wide variety of needs – from sheltering children without homes to providing educational opportunities.

Mr. Kurian (m): We have a three-tier program. One is that we have children's homes. Children's homes are meant for the children who are traumatized or homeless, orphaned or children at risk. We have four homes in Goa, one in Nagpur and one in Chennai, six homes (in total). They are mainly for the children who have no other way to survive, because we believe the best place for a child is to be with the parents, no matter how poor they are.

Then we have another program called “night shelters and daycare centers in the city.” That's mainly for the street children. We invite them to come to our shelters. We provide free food. They can come there and have a bath. Over a period of time, we inspire them to get a normal life, like going to school. Or if they are over 12 years (of age), we give them an option of getting trained in one trade.

Mr. Kurian (m): Then we have community centers. We work with the children and women basically. Again, the same concept, (we) encourage all the children to go to school. And from the school, they come back to a center; we give them lunch, give them a bath, and give them the additional education. We do lots of activities about personality development and faith building.

Shekhar(m): My happiest memory was when they celebrate my birthdays. It was a great joy because I never used to celebrate my birthdays when I was at home. Pastor Matthew and Anita, they taught me many things.

Shaker(m): When I become an adult, I’d also like to work in this charity to share my experience as staff.

Miru(F): Hi, my name is Miru, and I am from Karnataka and I am 16-years old and I stay with my friends here. Yeah I have a dream to become a lecturer, or a nurse. Here I can see my future.

HOST: When El Shaddai proudly set up its very first children’s home, the charity warmly received an inaugural group of 15 children. They, and others whose lives have been touched by El Shaddai’s programs over the years, have now achieved economic independence and stability in life.

Mr. Kurian (m): I have hundreds of children who have come out through this system who are working in different companies, hotels, and different factories. And they are far better (off) than what they were. India has a huge need. I’m sure I cannot help all of them, but I can help some of them.

Ninga (m): By coming here to El Shaddai, I learned around three, four languages, that is Hindi, English, Konkani and my language. And then, now I’m doing my education and plus El Shaddai has helped me in many ways, like giving me good education, providing me good clothes, food, every facility, like love, care, and affection, and everything. And it’s fantastic to stay in El Shaddai.

HOST: We now shift to one of the fastest-growing cities in India, Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka, to visit a non-profit, non-governmental organization called Living Hope Children’s Home. The Children’s Home lights a beacon of hope for the children of migrant workers as they are given a chance to expand their horizons in many ways.

Vinod(m): My name is Vinod, I am in sixth standard. I love Children’s Home. I have a dream to become an engineer. Thank you and welcome to Children’s Home.

Kantaraj(m): Let me introduce myself; my name is Kantaraj. I have been in Living Hope Children’s Home for four years. Before this, in my house, I wasn’t doing anything, (I had) no goal in my life. But today, I have a dream to become a police inspector, and I love Children’s Home. Thank you.

HOST: Over the years the ever-expanding city of Bangalore has attracted large numbers of masonry and construction workers from all over the state of Karnataka as well as from the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. These workers move from project to project throughout the metropolis.

Dhiraj (m): My dad, Reverend William John, he used to walk around this area, across the city, and he found out that a lot of construction workers are there and helping to build our home in which we stayed. And he saw the children helping their parents. And he thought “Why don’t I start a children’s home so that they can have a better future?”

HOST: Reverend John, along with his wife Rebekah John, started Living Hope Children’s Home in 2002, to provide these underprivileged youth with proper accommodations, nutritious food, health care and education.

Dhiraj(m): My father is a priest. The migrant workers came to see what exactly is happening in the church, and that’s where my dad approached them and said if your children want education, bring them to the Children’s Home and we will educate them for the rest of their lives.

Dhiraj (m): We started off with 10 children. It went on and went on and to date, we have around 101 children. (We have) two centers, one in Gauribidanur, which is 80 kilometers from Bangalore and in which we have 16 girls, and the main branch which is in Bangalore city, we have around 85 boys and girls together.

And apart from that, we are trying to reach and mobilize these children with a lot more education and a lot more variety in their life, so that they may not go back to what they were, back where they started off. They go to a nearby school which is a government school, which provides them only education in the local language, which is Kannada. When they come back to our Children’s Home, we have extracurricular activities such as dancing, skits, and gardening, teaching them English, and singing songs.

HOST: Let’s now meet some of the splendid team members who help run the Living Hope Children’s Home in Bangalore.

Manohar(m): My name is Manohar. I have been working here for eight years. This is God-giving work, the best work, that’s why I like to do this work.

Merlin(f): My name is Melina. I came to here because I love children; because of that, I came to teach them, and I am a volunteer here.

Triveni(f): My name is Triveni, I like children, and I am a teacher.

James(m): My name is James; I am from Myanmar. so I am cooking for the children, I love children.

Simon(m): My name is Simon; I have been staying (here) for two months. We love children, and we have all (we) need and we enjoy it here with the children.

HOST: To ensure the youngsters grow up to be good citizens who are able to contribute their very best to society, the Children’s Home teaches the children to care for the environment and to protect our precious planet.

Dhiraj(m): We started off introducing environment basics with the children. It’s like in terms of keeping themselves clean, and no wastage of water, and no wastage of food. So these are the small things where we can change the environment in our Children’s Home.

HOST: Our gratitude, El Shaddai ChildRescue and Living Hope Children’s Home for taking care of vulnerable young ones and setting them on a course for success in life. Under your loving guidance, may all the youth grow up to be the self-confident, independent and happy pillars of a vegan world.

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For more details on the organizations featured today, please visit the following websites: El Shaddai ChildRescue Living Hope Children’s Home

Lovely viewers, thank you for your company on this week’s edition of Good People, Good Works. May we soon transform our planet to one of peace and purity.

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