About Goa ...

Goa is the smallest state in India and well known for its tourism and beaches. It is a region of migrant workers, both temporary and permanent, who came seeking work and live in rented rooms or slums. Tourism has greatly affected people living in this area, as the high prices of commodities does not allow impoverished unemployed migrants the chance for an improved way of life. Most children of migrant families can be found on the beaches begging from tourists. Farming and cattle rearing are the primary sources of employment. Mostly poor and illiterate, migrant families prefer to send their children to work rather than to school. Most migrants who settle in Goa obtain menial jobs in the unorganized sector, where abuse is rampant.

Holy Cross Corso Farm has been run by the Congregation of Sisters of the Cross since 1965. It is a home for children who are orphaned, abandoned, from broken or disturbed families, or live on the streets. The children spend their school years living at the Corso Farm away from their troubles and stressors, with the Sisters looking after their basic education and holistic development. Honda is situated in North Goa, the largest mining region in India. The Sisters cater to the children of mine workers who are mostly migrant workers who came to Goa in search of jobs, eventually becoming settlers. Since they belong to other states and speak other languages, many children find it difficult to cope with their studies. To help with this, the Sisters run supplementary classes in 15 villages along with other village development programs. In 2011, the state government banned mining in Goa. As a result, many families are now jobless, economically drained and homeless, with some returning to their native villages.

Sponsorship in Goa

Chalice sponsored children attend school and receive supplementary or remedial tutoring to help them cope with their studies. The Sisters offer a nutrition program and medical aid to support and maintain good health. Health clinics and medical checkups are available in the communities. Workshops are given to parents to increase awareness of the importance of education, and support is given to meet the costs of uniforms, shoes, raincoats, tuition fees, stationery, supplies and travel expenses. Special education classes and counseling are provided for migrant children with disabilities.



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