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.
We support children of families who have migrated to
Goa from all over India and from Nepal too. They migrate
in the hope of a better life but many families live in
slums or other poor accommodation. Families are
economically poor and poorly educated. They tend to be
engaged in casual day labour meaning they only get paid
on the days when they can get work. Children may be
required to work from a young age to supplement the
family income. It is difficult for children to access
and remain in school without outside intervention and
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
Do the children you help live in Goa all year?
All 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. The lack
of a birth certificate would mean a child cannot go to
school without intervention. Something as simple as the
lack of the right school uniform or stationery to take
part in class makes it difficult for a child to succeed.
There are other major stumbling blocks, however. Parents
are generally poorly educated and unable to support
their children in school or regard regular attendance as
unimportant. Children don't speak the languages which
they are taught in and they lack the social skills
needed to cope with expectations at school. If they are
hungry they will struggle to concentrate. There may be a
common misconception that children from certain
backgrounds are disruptive in class when all they really
need is a helping hand to help them bridge the huge gap
between home and school.
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, Learning Tree.
Bags4School and Back2School projects. We also make a
contribution to a project in the Chimbel area of Goa
which is run by the Grace Educational Trust. You can
read all about our projects
How many children does Mango Tree Goa help?
Through our Mango House and Learning Tree projects we
support around 265 children every day.
Do you have any long term plans?
Both the Mango House and Learning Tree projects are
in rented premises. In order to provide them with
security about the future we are determined to provide
them with a permanent base. In 2019 we purchased an old
Portuguese villa on a substantial plot. We are currently
fundraising to fund the building of an extension which
would enable the projects to move there. You can read
more about our plans
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
receive this in your newsfeed simply visit our facebook
page and hit the Like button.
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