We have compiled the following FAQs to answer
more immediate questions about our work, in a simple
format. If you have a question we haven’t answered then
please contact us.
Is Mango Tree Goa a registered charity?
Yes, Mango Tree Goa is a charity registered in
England and Wales. Our Charity Registration number is
Where is Mango Tree Goa based?
Mango Tree Goa is a UK based charity.
Why is the Charity based in the UK?
There are a number of reasons that the Charity is
based in the UK. Firstly, although we are very proud to
have supporters from all around, the world the majority
are from the UK. Secondly, charities registered in the
UK are subject to a high degree of regulation which
means donors can have more confidence about the way in
which the Charity operates. Last, but not least, because
we are UK based we are registered with HMRC to receive
Gift Aid on donations made by UK tax payers. This means
we get an extra 25% on top of all donations made by a UK
tax payer who makes a Gift Aid Declaration, which is a
very efficient way of raising extra funds for our work,
at no cost to anyone.
Do you have an office and paid staff in the UK?
No. The charity is administered on a voluntary basis
by the trustees. We are also very fortunate that our
website is developed and maintained on a voluntary basis
and our accounts are prepared and examined free of
charge. In this way we are able to keep our costs to a
minimum to ensure that more of donors’ money is
available to fund projects on the ground in India.
Who does Mango Tree Goa help?
Mango Tree Goa helps disadvantaged children and young
people in the state of Goa, India. We currently help
children between the ages of three and eighteen and plan
to help young people in need of support, to complete
educational studies, up to the age of 23 if needed.
The families of many of the children we help have
migrated from the neighbouring states of Karnataka and
Maharastra in the belief that they will make money from
the thousands of tourists who visit the state each year,
or from the construction work taking place in developing
tourist resorts. Their dream of riches rarely
materialises and as a result many families live in slums
or other poor accommodation. Families are economically
poor and uneducated. They tend to be engaged in rag
picking, selling on the beaches or casual day labour. It
is likely that children will be required to work from a
young age to supplement the family income. It is very
unlikely that children will attend school without
outside intervention and support.
Children living in slums are often described as slum
children. The fact that they live in a slum does not
define who the children are and we purposely don’t
describe them as such.
Do you promote any particular religion?
No. We support children regardless of religion,
caste, creed or gender and will only work with
individuals and organisations that do the same.
Where do the children you help live?
The children we help live with their families. Most
have at least one living parent. Some are orphans but
are usually living with a member of their extended
What are slum conditions like?
Slum conditions do vary. Our main partner organisation The
Mango Tree Trust works directly with children from two
“permanent” slums near Mapusa. Many of the families are
engaged in rag picking and sell their pickings to a
local recycling business from whom they also rent their
homes. Generally, the families have to sell the proceeds
of their rag picking to their landlord at very poor
rates and as a consequence have little opportunity to
improve their lot. Families live in extremely poor
conditions, in congested shanty type homes. There is
neither drainage nor permanent water supply and sanitary
facilities are non-existent. Conditions worsen during
monsoon. Although families do their best to protect
their homes with plastic sheeting, habitation is
undoubtedly more difficult. One of the slums is low
lying, which means that during the monsoon it becomes
water logged. Heavy rains cause water to run straight
through the slum, making access more difficult.
Do the children you help live in Goa all year?
The vast majority of the children we help remain in
Goa throughout the year and most remain in full time
education. Families from out of state do often go back
to their villages for major festivals and some school
holidays, but most return to carry on working and to
allow the children to return to school. Occasionally,
however, families return to their villages for extended
periods and some never come back to Goa.
Doesn’t the Government already provide a free
education to all children in India?
It is a fact that as a result of the Right to
Education Act every child has the right to attend school
between the ages of 6 and 14 and that child labour is
banned. In practical terms, however, as a result of the
difficult economic and social conditions prevailing in
India both of these are difficult to enforce.
Many uneducated parents living in slum conditions
simply aren’t bothered about their children being
educated and would rather they were supporting the
family. Some are concerned that their sons are educated
but see no reason to educate a daughter. Whilst there
are government schemes to provide uniforms for the very
youngest children there are still many costs associated
with attending school and these would be regarded as
prohibitive for many families. Many children do not have a birth certificate,
which is assumed to be a requirement to gain entry to
school. In fact school can be accessed without a birth
certificate but parents have no idea how to go about
Again in practical terms even if a child has a birth
certificate how could they succeed at school without any
preparation for school days? Many have no idea how to
play and interact let alone hold a pencil. Many will
have never used an indoor toilet. Many won’t possess a
school bag or any stationery supplies and will be lucky
to have a hand me down school uniform to start the
school year. Worse still imagine turning up for school
and being taught in a language you have never heard
before. Many of the children we help speak Kannada at
home whilst Goans speak Konkani. At most schools,
however, children are taught in Marathi from standard
I-IV before switching to English in standard V. Imagine
the difficulty. If children are sick and their parents
cannot afford medication or are unwilling to miss a
day’s labour to seek help. A simple illness may mean a
protracted absence from school. If children are hungry
it’s difficult to concentrate and learn.
All of these factors make it difficult for many
children to access and succeed at mainstream school.
Many will never go and many of those that do will drop
out, but with a helping hand the future could be much
How do you help?
We help in a number of different ways. Fundamentally
we believe that children have the right to a healthy
educated childhood, to be safe from abuse, to attend
school, to be treated with respect and to be heard. They
have the right to behave like children and the right to
play. Above all we believe that education is a child’s
main route out of poverty.
Mango Tree supports five main projects - all of which
are focussed on education. Our main partner is The Mango
Tree Trust which runs our Mango House, Colva,
Bags4School and Back2School projects. We also fund a project in the Chimbel area of Goa which is run by the
Grace Educational Trust.
You can read all about the Mango House project on our
In short the Trust supports around 175 children who live
in two nearby slums and other poor quality accomodation.
It provides a registered informal pre-primary school
which helps prepare children for life at mainstream
school. It helps them gain access to main stream school,
supports them in school and monitors attendance and any
issues at school. An afternoon tuition programme for up
to 75 children Monday to Friday is conducted and extra
tuition classes for older children who cannot be
accommodated at Mango House are also funded. All
children on the Mango House list are provided with a
healthy nutritious meal and fruit Monday to Friday. A
full time nurse is employed to provide medical care and
encourage healthy habits and a social worker and
counsellor are employed to support both children and
their families. Second hand clothes and toys are
collected and distributed amongst children in need both
at Mango House and in neighbouring slums. Mango House
also celebrates birthdays and festivals and ensures that
the children they help get chance to play and have fun.
The Colva project is based in South Goa and supports
around 20 children of beach sellers by providing
afternoon tuition classes and a snack each day.
Our Bags4School project provides around 350
disadvantaged children with a school bag filled with all
manner of school and healthcare supplies and an
umbrella. The bag and its contents all contribute to
ensuring a child has the necessary equipment to attend
school and is encouraged to take a pride in their
appearance and feel confident in school. Providing these
items costs around £7.50 – you can read more about the
Our Back2School scheme provides the same children
with a school uniform. The Government does provide one
set for the youngest children but thereafter nothing is
provided. Without the correct school uniform a child
cannot attend school. In addition all of the children in
the Mango House and Colva projects are provided with
footwear for school and the youngest are provided with
raincoats. Providing a uniform costs around £5 – you can
read more about the scheme
Our Chimbel project is located in the
Chimbel area of Goa. The area contains a large densely
packed slum occupied by around 10,000 people who have
migrated from other states. Through its registered pre-primary
school and afternoon tuition classes our project helps
around 190 children daily.
How many children does Mango Tree Goa help?
We support around 375 children daily.
In addition we provide around 400 school uniforms and
over 300 school bags to the children in our projects and
to disadvantaged children referred to us by local
schools, authorities and Child Line.
Do you have any long term plans?
Apart from continuing our existing projects we aim to
eventually provide The Mango Tree Trust with a
permanent base. Their current premises are rented and we
believe it is essential that they have security about
premises, in order to be assured that they can carry out
their good works in future.
How can I learn more?
You can read all about our projects on our website at
http://www.mangotreegoa.org/OurProjects.htm. You can subscribe there
to our newsletter which we email out quarterly. If you
are a facebook user we also have our own facebook page
which you can find at
www.facebook.com/mangotreegoacharity. We aim to
update our page weekly with our news and information. To
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How can I help?
Almost all our funds come from individual donors and
fundraising so we really do need your help. There are many ways you can
do this. You can donate
money or gifts in kind. You can fundraise or you can
simply spread the word about the Charity at home or
abroad. We’ll appreciate whatever you choose to do to
help us. If you would like to read more about how to
help, please visit our
How to Help
page or contact us at