One Child at a Time (OCAT) Foundation is non-profit, non- governmental organization working for the welfare and development of vulnerable and needy children, their families and communities. We look beyond poverty and recognize the potential and dignity of every child. Through our child centered programs, OCAT supports the development of children who are often helplessly caught in the web of poverty and exploitation.
OCAT is a team of committed individuals determined to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged children, in ways that can transform children and sponsors. One Child at a Time gives long-term and holistic support to vulnerable children.Established in 2008 and based in Warangal, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, OCAT has assured hundreds of needy children will receive an education. We serve some of the neediest, including those from families with HIV or leprosy. Also, children who are physically and mentally challenged, orphaned, abandoned, street children, those victimized physically, sexually and as laborers.
One Child at a Time is an initiative grounded in a deep desire to help needy children. The founders have years of experience in child development, child rights and child welfare programs. We believe if there has to be any lasting changen India, every development activity must include a holistic focus on children.
Bethany Knight of Connecticut is a writer and yoga teacher, who made her first trip to India in 1970, falling in love with the country and its people. She is a founding Board member, serving as president since 2014.
Judy Ivey of Florida is a social worker, mother and grandmother. She travels extensively and sponsors children through OCATUSA and other organizations in several nations. She is a founding Board member, serving as vice president since 2014.
Wayne Platek lives in Florida and worked in education, YMCA, Boy's and Girl's Club's of Chicago for over 30 years. He has a passion to help youth attain their dreams. He is a founding member of OCAT USA and has served as Secretary since 2014.
Linda Mann of California is a mother and grandmother with a deep commitment to her Catholic faith and the people of India. She is working on the creation of an old age home in India, where she intends to live and work. Linda joined rdthe Boa in 2015.
Paige Byrne Shortal of Missouri is a writer and traveler who, along with her husband, Pat, is committed to introducing their six adopted children to this big, beautiful world. Her latest project is an effort to redirect suicidal thinking. Read her blog at www.LifeAroundTheCorner.com. Paige joined the Board in 2016.
Shay Gestal of Vermont is a Certified Rolfer and professional musician with a deep connection to the heart and work of Mother Teresa. She joined OCATUSA in 2016 first as bookkeeper, and now serves as Treasurer and Secretary.
John Klar is an attorney admitted to the Bar of the State of Connecticut 1989, the pastor at First Congregational Church of Westfield, Vermont, and a writer and food rights activist. John is on boards of directors for the treatment of opioid addiction, Journey to Recovery in Vermont and Northeast Kingdom Vermont public access television. He also oversees a campaign to support a children's school in Uganda, Children In Need Uganda.
Sunitha Shyamala teaches high school science in Louisiana. From India, Sunitha has a strong passion for learning, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in science education from Southern University. She has two daughters.