About Us

About Us

MISSION OF RESCUING

SEAL (Social & Evangelical Association For Love) is working for rescue and rehabilitation of
destitute on the Railway Platforms and Streets of Mumbai.

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SEAL is an NGO dedicated to the mission of rescuing destitute and missing children from the Railway Platforms and Streets of Mumbai.

Countless people arrive in this city of dreams to chase their aspirations. While we often hear of the great success stories, there have been the unfortunate many who’ve been left helpless and homeless, wandering in the streets of this unforgiving city.

SEAL rescues the young & old, men & women, the sick, lost and forsaken, and provides them another shot at life! Along with providing shelter, food, clothing, health-care and education at our Ashram, we strive to trace their families back home, and reunite the lost.

Presently in our shelter home we have 224 underprivileged people mainly HIV & TB, patients, mentally challenged, handicapped, visually impaired and fully orphaned, leading a meaningful life.

So far SEAL could reunite 275 people back to their long awaiting dear families to all over India; otherwise they might have been thrown in oblivion forever. Most of them were vagabonds and missing from home for long periods.

Above and all SEAL is proud that we could provide a peaceful, mercy death bed and funeral / burial with dignity to 272 dear ones among the destitute we gathered from Mumbai City and elsewhere at terminal stages and with fatal diseases, those who were supposed to die as stray dogs.

Today, SEAL is a major referral point for nearly 20 NGOs, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai Police, Medical Colleges, Hospitals and well wishers.

SEAL has no Government aid or permanent supporters from India or Abroad, but working on 100% public individual donations.

Our Mission

Our mission and inspiration is well embodied in our guiding principle

" Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

"does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”

SEAL Ashram will rescue the destitute, the sick- physically and mentally, found in the railway platforms and streets of Mumbai, regardless of their ethnic background, gender, age and severity of ailments, and offer them a home of hope and holistic care for their ailments

Our Vision

SEAL has great plans for expanding, wants to provide better facilities to the existing residents, i.e. move our ladies, boys and girls to our new building “Mercy Mines” so that we can rescue and rehabilitate another 250 destitute. Right now all the residents stay on the same premises although the rooms are segregated for men and women, the mentally challenged and those suffering from AIDS. Day by day the number of hapless victims at the ashram is increasing.

We also want to start our own hospital (ground floor of Mercy Mines Building) where the sick can be cared for. Currently we are giving treatment to our residents at MGM Medical College & DY Patil Medical college which are very far from our facility.

Who Are We

Way back in 1989 on a trip to Mizoram, Pastor Philip saw a man covered with mud, almost naked, fighting with stray dogs to find a piece of bread from the dustbin on the railway station. That sight was deeply moving, and he wished to be of some help to such people. A vision was birthed in his heart.

8 years down the road, on a short trip to Mumbai to meet his brother and friends, the sight of hordes of destitute scattered across the city, caught his attention. As he began to spend time with the street kids, beggars and vagabonds, a construction worker unable to look after his 8 children, approached him to take care of his 11 year old son – Sagar. Pastor Philip explained he was on a short trip to the city, but the father of the kid insisted. He promised to return the following week. He kept his promise, but couldn’t find Sagar or his father. Philip learnt that a bus had run over the kid, and he’d died. Tears rolled, and he remained disturbed for days. Only if, he’d given a helping hand to the kid. He was constantly reminded of the Bible verse

“Rescue those being led away to death, Hold back those suffering towards slaughter, If you say “But we know nothing about this”, Does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”

The incident changed his life forever. He took a course on social work from SNDT University soon after. While on his visit to the Sonapur Red Light Area, he found a 9 months old baby abandoned by his mother. He took him along with, thinking he can admit him in any one of the Orphanages in Mumbai. During this period the boy had fallen sick and from the medical report, it was revealed to him the this boy is HIV + He had knocked many doors for admission of the child, but nobody shown interest because he was HIV+. In this circumstances Pastor Philip had left with no other alternate except to rent a room On 15th November, 1999 and started to live with the boy and this was the beginning of SEAL. Pastor Biju Samuel joined him in the work soon

What We Do

RESCUE & REUNITE

Our primary mission is to rescue the sick and the homeless, the lost and the forgotten, the countless destitute who wander the streets and railway stations of Mumbai and its suburbs. At our ashram, we provide them shelter, food, medical care, education and most of all - love. However, we do not restrict ourselves to just providing them a good quality of life, but take great effort towards finding their loved ones and reuniting them with their family.

The following steps outline the lifecycle of our Rescue & Reunite mission.

RESCUE

We rescue destitute from the streets and railway stations of and bring them to our Ashram. They include the young and old, men and women, boys and girls who wander helplessly. We get them through our visits to the railway stations and streets, and also through referrals from the police, hospitals, NGOs and well-wishers.

MEDICAL CARE

Most people are terribly sick while they are brought in. some of them are HIV+, some others suffer from ailments like Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Anaemia, etc. Some are mentally retarded, while some have parts of their body rotting away with maggots on them. Our first and foremost priority for a new resident is to provide medical care and get them well. You can read more about the medical care here. Many sick people’s lives have changed drastically for the better, and the numerous are an outstanding testimony to God’s mercy.

LIFE @ASHRAM

At the Ashram, we provide shelter, food, love and fellowship. Young children are given education in our God’s Valley Mission School, while healthy active adults help with daily chores at the ashram and help to look after other sick or aged residents. We all live together as one big family - coming together for prayer in the evenings, watching cricket matches together, children playing outside, and with every resident calling the founders (Ps. Philip & Ps. Biju) – PAPA !

REUNITE

While its a blessing to have our residents staying at the ashram, we try hard to find their families and get them reunited with their loved ones. We use whatever information the resident remembers about the home address and phone numbers to contact their relatives and inform them about our resident. At times, we have personally visited their villages searching for their relatives. If successful in our attempts, what follows is a joyous reunification of the resident with his/her family, and the resident moves on stay with their family.  Unfortunately, some of the residents who are brought in with critical ailments are not cured and pass away from among us. They are well taken care of till their very last breath, and are given a respectable funeral.

This process of restoration is at the core of SEAL’s mission and purpose – to rescue and reunite the helpless and the homeless, and to give them another shot at life!

EDUCATION

God’s Valley Mission School At SEAL Ashram, we strive to provide good education to our children, to prepare them to face the world and groom them into educated, responsible citizens of our country. Since many of our children suffer from different ailments, we are unable to enrol them to a regular school. And hence the need for an in-house school. In our earlier days, the school was operated in the ladies wing of the ashram, and we longed and prayed for a school building. By His grace, we opened our God’s Valley Mission School on 30th September, 2008. The school currently has over 30 students, all of them being residents of our Ashram. We are currently following the Maharashtra State Board curriculum, and have classes from Nursery to the 4th Standard currently. A typical day at school has academic subjects in the morning and art, craft and dance classes in the afternoon. We have also opened a computer room in our school to provide computer education. It was largely possible due to generous donations of computers used at the Tata Consultancy Services. It has been a great blessing for our children to gain access to computers at an early age. Currently, our resident volunteers double up as teachers in the school. However, due to shortage of staff and our daily needs of tending to the sick and needy at the ashram, we are finding it difficult to manage the school effectively. We are currently looking for residential teachers who would like to stay at SEAL Ashram and take care of the schooling. Accomodation in our guest rooms and a minimum pay will be provided.

We provide the following medical care in-house:

  • First – Aid
  • Follow-up medical care for patients discharged from hospital
  • dministering ART for HIV+ patients and ATK for TB patients regularly. These are provided freely by the govt.
  • Fortnightly visits by a Psychiatrist to see patients and prescribe medicines.
  • 24x7 Ambulance on standby to take patients with serious ailments to the hospital.