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.
Paige Byrne Shortal
Paige Byrne Shortal serves as the current president of OCAT USA. She has visited India twice, most recently with her teenage daughter, Sakura. The two of them spent a day with the OCAT children and found it a very moving experience. Paige and her husband, Pat, are the parents of six children, three still at home, and they are committed to introducing them to this big, beautiful world.
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.
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 the Board in 2015.
Christine Favreau has been on the board since 2017 and currently serves as the treasurer of OCAT USA. She is hoping to visit India in 2019. She and her teenage daughter, Madison, live in Vermont with their two dogs. Christine teaches meditation and yoga in her spare time.
Mrs.Sunitha Shyamala, lives and studies in Louisiana. She is a teacher with two masters degrees in education and 22 years experience, now studying for her doctorate, a valuable member of the board and OCAT child sponsor.